Our mission doesn’t end with working with individuals to help them live a fulfilling life. We believe in empowering our team to create their own life’s work. We move fast and we challenge each other, but we look after each other and care about our culture, which makes working here extremely rewarding. There’s a lot of work left for us to do, and we couldn’t do it without a single member of our team.


The Faces Behind LEAP and The Feed…

Matt Townsend
Cheif Executive
Matt Townsend joined LEAP East CIC and The Feed as Chief Executive and Lead Social Entrepreneur in May 2017. He is passionate about using social enterprise solutions to help people and communities.
Matt previously was Chief Executive at North Norfolk Community Transport, and has held senior management roles at housing associations in London and Cardiff. He loves food, has an allotment and is a vegetarian.
Ali Marlow
Operations and Training Supervisor

Ali is responsible for the operational side of the project, overseeing its ongoing development whilst supervising and supporting the team.
She co-ordinates and delivers training, and supervises volunteers within LEAP.
Ali is a huge Barry Manilow fan!


Georgina Finn
Marketing and Communications Officer

Georgina is responsible for all marketing and communications activities within LEAP East CIC.

A key part of Georgina’s role is to maintain and build relationships with partners as well as continuing to build the organisations profile and further develop our brand.
Georgina loves baking and often brings in her tasty cupcakes to share with the team; she regular enters baking competitions!

Keith Willers
Accommodation and Engagement Officer

Keith’s role is to engage with LEAP’s clients and support them to achieve their goals. He empowers them to secure their own accommodation and sustain their tenancies, helping them to become financially capable.

Keith has a love for music and performs regularly in various Norwich bands. His other passions include gardening, fitness and wellbeing.

Lucy Green
Opportunities Advisor

Lucy is the face of LEAP.
She meets clients when they first drop-in, and provides ongoing support to help them achieve their goals.
She is a trained social worker with experience of working with single homeless adults and those with mental health needs.
Lucy is passionate about social inclusion and equality, and in her spare time enjoys yoga, going on long walks and playing board games.


Libby Brown
Opportunities Advisor

Libby’s role is to work closely with clients to identify their talents and interests, breaking down both personal and external barriers and empowering clients to take control of their lives.
She has a wealth of experience working with ex-offenders, supporting them to into employment, education and training.
Libby also builds relationships with key partners who can offer clients positive and valuable experiences that will build their confidence and enhance employability.


Bethanie Collins
Finance and Administration Officer

Bethanie supports the financial administration of LEAP, The Feed and the Flourish Employment Academy.
She has an extensive financial background having worked in public sector finance for over ten years.
She also has a keen interest in all things culinary, having trained as a chef after leaving school. She loves travelling around the UK and Europe.



Simon Abel
Business & Training Development Officer

Simon is responsible for the daily operations of The Feed. By coordinating the Flourish Employment Academy training programme and working with volunteers, he supports people returning to employment.

Simon has extensive experience in catering, having held the position of Hospitality & Catering Manager at Norwich Cathedral.

His hobbies include natural history and bird watching; he also enjoys reading, baking and crafts.