About Jane Leathley



I have over twenty-five years experience of organisational and project management in the community and voluntary sector, including six years at Chief Executive Officer level. I am based in Sheffield and have been working freelance since 2005. In 2019 I took on a part time role delivering monitoring and evaluation work for Sheffield Young Carers while continuing with freelance work on a part-time basis.


Employment history 

My last full-time employed role was as Director of the South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau, a sub-regional charity specialising in funding information and advice in the voluntary and community sector. Prior to this I held various roles (mainly focused on project development, management and funding) in a range of voluntary and community sector organisations. These included housing and tenant participation initiatives, welfare rights advice, environmental organisations and community enterprises.

Freelance work

Regular clients include:

  • Co:Create: providing consultancy, training, facilitation and strategic support to help organisations and groups to take the necessary steps to allow co-production to happen in a holistic, meaningful way

  • ASSIST Sheffield: providing funding advisory and support services to a local Asylum seekers charity.
  • Football Unites, Racism Divides: Supporting a youth and community sports organisation with their funding strategy and bids for a range of projects.

In addition to these regular clients I deliver occassional and one off support with funding applicaitons, tenders, project evaluations and planning to a wide range of mostly local, small to meduim sized voluntary organisations.

I'm also a member of Consultants For Good - a UK network of voluntary sector consultants. You can search their directory of over 100 specialist and generalist consultants to find the right person to meet your needs.

Qualifications and training

  • Case Mapping Master Class, Vanguard Consulting, 2021
  • MSc Information Management, University of Sheffield 2006
  • Diploma in plain English writing, Plain English Campaign 2003
  • Certificate in High Performance Teams, LloydsTSB Management Development Programme 2000
  • Certificate in Housing Association Finance, LGTB 1990
  • BA (hons) Communication Studies, Sheffield City Polytechnic 1987

I have been an active trustee and volunteer for a wide range of community organisations and charities for more than 25 years.