Leon’s background experience is in youth & community work, social science & community development. He worked in the social housing & mental health sector for over 15 years working in operational, service management & equality & diversity capacities. He also led the national Recovery-in-Action pilot for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland around mental health, culminating in the formation of a sustainable user led social enterprise.
Leon joined Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in December 2010 as part of the Integrated Equalities Service. He worked as a health inequalities project manager, including ‘increasing access to & improving outcomes from early intervention in mental health amongst Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) population, which culminated in the opening of the first LGB&T self-referral IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) Service.
Leon currently works in Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Safeguarding Team leading the Trust’s work on safeguarding vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism & supporting violent extremism.
Leon is also leading Solent NHS Trust’s work around the healthcare response to the hate crime agenda as well as improving BAME Covid-19 outcomes.
Leon is an experienced Prince 2 accredited project manager. He has also worked as an independent consultant for De Monfort University as part of their nursing safeguarding module.