The Belle Isle TMO Board currently meets every month in Belle Isle and is made up of up to 12 local Tenant Board members and 6 Co-opted/Independent Members. (Co-opted/Independent means that the Board invites these people to join the Board because of their particular skills or experience).
The BITMO Board elects a Chairperson which is Leon Kirkham. In addition the Board also elects Vice Chairs and the Treasurer which is currently Jean Burton, who is a tenant of Belle Isle. The Board will choose the Chair and Vice Chairs for the coming year at their next meeting in October.
The Board leads the organisation, setting its overall goals and priorities. On a day to day basis the staff team, led by the Chief Executive Officer, carries out work on behalf of the Board.
Tenant Board Members
Up to 12 Belle Isle Tenants can be elected as Board members at the Annual General Meeting in September. The Board chooses the Chair and Vice Chairs for the coming year at their first meeting after the AGM which normally takes place in October. The Chairperson is currently Leon Kirkham. The Treasurer is currently Ian Liptrot and additional Vice Chair is currently Jean Burton, all of who are tenants in Belle Isle.
Co-opted or Independent Board members
In addition the Board can invite or co-opt up to 6 other people.
BITMO has since its inception co-opted two local Councillors to its Board every year, these are currently Councillor Paul Truswell and Councillor Kim Groves.
In addition BITMO have in the recent past also invited or co-opted Board members to join the Board who have particular skills such as technical knowledge of energy efficiency schemes, understanding of sheltered housing and care issues, a link to local faith communities or experience in environmental maintenance.
BITMO currently have a total of 4 co-opted Board members which means we are now seeking two additional independent co-opted Board members. ‘Independent’ means people who do not live on the estate or have a connection with the organisation. The Board are particularly interested in people with housing construction/development and finance skills for these roles.
Details of these two opportunities are currently on the
Voluntary Action Leeds website.
Joining the Board
If you are interested in joining the Board please do not hesitate to contact BITMO's CEO Chrisopher Simpson for a discussion. He can be contacted at