The Poverty Truth Network supports Poverty Truth Commissions and encourages them to work together. All local commissions are responsible for their own work.
Members: Every Poverty Truth Commission is invited to become part of the Poverty Truth Network after their opening event. A commission does this by proposing two of its commissioners to become members of the network.
Trustees: Our trustees have all been commissioners of local Poverty Truth Commissions. At least 50% of the board should be trustees who have had a direct experience of the struggle against poverty. Our current trustees are:
I was a Joiner for a lot of my life and have been in recovery from alcohol/drugs now for five years. I work as a support worker for people trying to achieve the same thing. I am a member of the Morecambe Bay PTC. I love music, travel and have an amazing family I love spending time with, especially my beautiful daughter Sophie.
I got involved in Birmingham PTC as a community commissioner whilst living in supported housing after a long term drug dependency. PTC started as something to do with my time and maybe an opportunity to contribute some valuable experiences, but became something much more important to me. I am interested in people, politics, and playing music/noise.
Lee HemsworthVice-chair and Secretary
I currently work at Leeds City Council where I am a Chief Officer responsible for the Customer Access and the Welfare and Benefits Service. I have 24 years of experience working in Local Government with 12 of those in a Chief Officer capacity. I live in East Yorkshire and have two children: Jake and Katie. I’m an avid football fan, supporting LFC, and I love reading, watching films and learning about (and drinking) wine!
I started on the steering group for the first West Cheshire PTC which gave me many fantastic opportunities, including acting as consort to the Mayor of Ellesmere Port. My other interests include singing, spending time with family and friends, my job at a local retirement living scheme.
I am passionate about reducing health inequalities and improving the economic and social sustainability of communities. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my two dogs and listening to my vinyl record collection.
I am a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, and was a civic commissioner on Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission. Much of my research and teaching focuses on issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice. In my recent book Stigma I drew on my work with MBPTC. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, walk my dog Bonnie and take trips in my VW campervan.
Staff: The Network has a small team of part-time workers who are responsible for the day to day running of the network and fulfilling its purpose. Details of our current staff team are here: current staff team.