Our friendly, fun and skilled staff is our greatest asset at LS29 Time. They bring a wealth of training and experience to holiday club from their other roles in special education, preschools, playwork, social care, healthcare and more. 

Many of them also have hobbies and interests that they share with the young people in sessions - from drumming to gymnastics! To get to know them better, please scroll through the staff profiles below.

We are always on the lookout for new talent. If you would like more information about joining the team, please email To view and apply for our current vacancies, visit our jobs page


Jane Connop

Project Manager/ Sessional Manager

Jane does the background planning and HR for LS29 Time and runs many of the sessions. In term time she is also the Communication Manager at a local special school, helping children find their voices through speech, signing, symbols and more. Her favourite thing about LS29 Time is seeing all the young people arriving at the start of each holiday with big smiley happy faces, excited to reunite with the staff and ready to have a fun day. 


Nicola Doherty

Sessional Manager

Alongside Jane C and Aishah, Nicola runs the LS29 Time sessions. When she's not working at the club, she is the lead teacher for a primary school Resourced Provision for Autism. Her favourite memories of holiday club are water fights with families during our lockdown sessions at Curly Hill, and the trip to Jam on Top recording studio, when the young people signed along to the song Roar.


Aishah Mahmood

Sessional Manager

Aishah was a supervisor for LS29 Time sessions from our launch and now manages sessions along with Jane C and Nicola.

She works in the individual needs team in a Leeds secondary school when she's not at LS29 Time. Her favourite trip with holiday club was to Stockeld Park with the secondary age young people. So much to do and lots of laughs that day!


Tanya Young

Finance Officer

Tanya holds the purse strings at LS29 Time and has a professional background in book keeping and accounting. She is a trustee of LS29, one of the parents who launched holiday club, and the mum of a young man with additional needs. The best experience she's had at holiday club was helping out at the club's Wharfestock summer festival. It was such a fun day!


Saffy Iqbal


When she's not working with the young people with medical needs at LS29 Time, Saffy works at the Emergency Department at Airedale hospital. One of her favourite holiday club trips was to Hesketh Farm. The children got so much out of it and she really got to know the young person she was with. Such an amazing day!


Alice Bailey



Alice is an experienced childcare practitioner who has worked with children with and without additional needs in preschools and after school clubs. She loves getting involved with sensory play and group games at LS29 



Faye Courtney


When she's not at LS29 Time, Faye is a higher level teaching assistant working across specialist resourced provisions in Bradford. She loved meeting all the families during our lockdown sessions at Curly Hill, and also really enjoys the music times at our regular sessions. 


Martin Henderson


When not working for LS29 Time, Martin is a drummer and drumming teacher. His favourite trip with LS29 was the first trip to Jam on Top recording studio. Games, music and dancing! Everyone had a great time.


Hannah Lyons


In term time, Hannah is a practitioner at a local preschool. Her favourite  memory of holiday club is looking around the room watching all the children engaged in their own way,  (by swaying, waving arms, nodding, smiles and laughter) to a staff member telling the Stick Man story with accompanied signing . All the children, and staff too, were mesmerised and participating!

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Louise Robertson


As well as working for LS29 Time, Louise is currently studying for a social work degree which she loves, and she enjoys spending her spare time with her three children. Her favourite activity at holiday club is taking the young people on trips.


Jane Elliott

Fundraising and Marketing

With a background in copywriting, Jane looks after marketing and fundraising for LS29 Time. She is a trustee of LS29 and was involved in the launch of holiday club. She is mum to ten-year-old twins with additional needs. Her favourite memory from holiday club is visiting the fire station with the primary group and everyone sitting in the fire engine.

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Gail Rushton


During term time, Gail works as a teacher at a local special school for students aged 11-19 years.


Her favourite trip with holiday club was to the Media museum and Nando's in Bradford, as she love films and food!


Gillian Brooks


As well as working at LS29 Time, Gillian is a play worker. She enjoyed working at our Curly Hill individual family sessions during the lockdown in 2020. Her favourite memory of holiday club though was going to Nell Bank, and all it had to offer the young people. 


Eve Dawson


Eve studies Chemistry at Newcastle University and works at LS29 Time in the holidays. Her favourite activity at the club is doing any kind of sport, she loves getting involved with our dance and movement sessions! She also enjoys helping with the arts and crafts.


Ikraa Iqbal


Ikraa enjoys working with children and young people and has a background in working in primary schools. Her favourite thing about the club is how passionate both the managers are. She says they are considerate and cater for everyone’s needs, and put a lot of effort into planning activities to make it enjoyable for everyone.


Sasha Ollerenshaw


When she's not working at LS29 Time, Sasha studies Medicine at Newcastle University. Her favourite thing about LS29 Time is the enthusiasm everyone has for the activities, both from staff and the wonderful young people!


Fiona Slater


Fiona works part-time for Bradford Children's Social Care as a community resource worker in a children and families team. Her favourite LS29 Time trip was to Jam on Top recording studio in Keighley. It was great to see how the young people joined in with the different activities and to see their confidence grow. The staff there were amazing and everyone enjoyed recording a jingle, announcing the local news and weather and participating in a fun quiz plus much more.


Tricia Darlow


In term time, Tricia manages a busy little local Preschool. She loves meeting and learning about all the children and young people who come to LS29 Time and helping them have fun. Her favourite trip was to Jam on Top recording studio, when everyone got to listen to a live  band, have a disco and play some musical instruments!



Didem Gawtry


When she's not working for LS29 Time Dee is a senior office administrator for a primary school. She also helps out with the admin for LS29 Time, so you might hear from her when you make a booking! Her favourite trip with the club was to Stockeld Park. Massive grounds to walk around and explore and many activities and engaging scenery for children.

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Emma Clarke


In term time, Emma works in a school as a behaviour support worker. Her favourite trip with LS29 Time was when we went to Nell Bank for the day! 


Lesley Fahy


In term time, Lesley works at Beechcliffe Special School as the Care Manager, she has worked there since it opened 11 years ago.

Her favourite thing about LS29 Time is seeing the children's happy faces. 


Sophie Kelly


Outside of LS29 Time Sophie is a student at Leeds Trinity University studying Working with Children, Young People and Families. She also enjoys volunteering with Girlguiding as a Rainbow Leader! Her favourite thing about LS29 Time is that it’s a really fun place to work, everyone is so supportive and lovely and there is never a dull moment! Seeing the young people enjoying themselves is by far the most rewarding part of the job.

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Lee Raistrick


During term time, Lee works in secondary education in a pastoral and inclusion team. His favourite thing about LS29 Time is the opportunity it gives him to support other parents. 


Liz Waddington


Liz is a Learning Assistant at an SEN school in Leeds in term time, and a yoga teacher specialising in kids and teens, and yoga for autism. Liz loves running yoga sessions at LS29 Time and some young people have even been known to fall asleep during relaxation!