Dom Charkin

I joined the BEA board in September 2013.

Originally from Just south of London I moved to Leeds in 1997 to study for a Masters Dom Charkin degree. Finding it true what they say about people in the North being more friendly and realising the countryside surrounding Leeds is some of the most beautiful in the UK I decided to stay and try to become an adopted Yorkshireman!

I discovered a passion for community development career in the late 1990s when I travelled to the highlands of Guatemala to volunteer for AIRES, a small community organisation working with indigenous Maya communities to once more become more resilient following their decimation after many years of bloody civil war.

I have since worked alongside some amazing people in some fantastic communities from Kendal to Phnom Penh and back again and made some great friends along the way.

Now firmly settled in Leeds, I am Operations Manager at Zest. I manage a team of four brilliant Community Development Workers delivering projects funded by Leeds City Council and the Big Lottery to use local solutions to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the inequalities that exist in some of the most deprived areas of Leeds.

To maintain personal equilibrium I loves to run. I am a run leader at the Farlsey Flyers running club in West Leeds and loves nothing more than heading out into the countryside to find big hills to run down.