Our People

Since our establishment in 2001, our teacher-led organisation has developed a locally-led, nationally-supported network which reaches 200,000 young people a year.

Our Staff

Our small core team based in Bradford are experts in education, teaching, community development and organisational leadership. Their purpose is to provide support and resources to the local areas delivering schools linking and intergenerational linking programmes as well as developing resources for the classroom to embed our work across the curriculum. 

Linda Cowie

Co Director, The Linking Network

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Meg Henry

Co Director, The Linking Network

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Azam Ali

Secondary Advisory Teacher

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Nahida Nazir

Primary Advisory Teacher

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Liz Firth

Secondary Advisor

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Amy Lock

Intergenerational Advisory Teacher

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Sarah Hetherington


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Lyn Jones

Finance and Administration Officer

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Our Local Facilitators

All our linking work is led locally by Local Facilitators. These Facilitators are based in local partners – either a local authority or a non-profit organisation. Each brings their own expertise in the fields of education or community development. All facilitators are connected up by our national network of facilitators which comes together 4 times a year to share and learn from one another. 

Our Board

The combined experience of our Board of Trustees stretches across community development, faith, civil society leadership, finance, law and governance. 

Bishop Toby Howarth

Bishop of Bradford

Denise Poole

Adult Education and Community Development

Wahida Shaffi

Community Development Expert

Yvette Thomas

Equalities and School Improvement Manager for Children’s Services, Buckinghamshire

Ameerah Turner Desai

Politics and Arabic Graduate

Zahra Niazi

Strategic Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the Wellbeing Board, Bradford Council

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