Toby Parsons (Chair)

I joined the BEA board in 2018, having moved to Headingley from Cambridge thetoby Parsons previous year.  My wife is originally from York, so we made the decision to move back to Yorkshire to be nearer family – and we quickly felt very at home in Leeds.  It seems to be a city that’s big enough to offer a fantastic range of opportunities, but small enough to have retained local community identities.  And BEA / OWLS are a great example of organisations that help to keep developing that spirit – so I’m delighted to have the change to serve as a trustee.

I’ve spent much of my career working in passenger transport, with a particular focus on accessible/community transport services.  I made a bit of a change when moving to Leeds, however, and now work for Citizens Advice.  I enjoy playing korfball (a mixed team sport from Holland) and squash, and I’m actively involved at All Hallows’ Church in Hyde Park.