How we organise ourselves

The DIY Board

DIY is a Community Interest Company with a voluntary Board. The Board meets about every six weeks to discuss company developments, projects and finances. Over half of the Board members are people with learning disabilities.

Photo: Planning DIY's Three Year Plan

DIY’s current Board members are:

    • Martin Riley – Co-Chair
    • Charlotte Little – Co-Chair
    • Cathy Rothwell – Vice-Chair
    • Claire Hignett – Treasurer
    • John Doyle – Company Secretary
    • Sharron Casey – Core Company Representative
    • Amy Carter – Young Person’s Representative
    • Di Critchley
    • Scott Lawrie
    • Jenny Harris

Our three year plan

picture of DIY's 3yr plan - click to see a PDF of the full document

DIY’s current three year plan is based on a series of planning sessions which involved the full company, the Friday Leadership Group and DIY’s Board.

Pictures were created of how members view the company currently and what they would like to see happen in the future. Group members worked with card shapes and felt and members of each group drew, wrote and expressed their thoughts and ambitions. These have been brought together in DIY’s current three year plan.

Have a look at our 3 year plan for 2019-2021

Photo: Three year plan

Friends of DIY

Photo: DIY At Home event

DIY also has a “Friends of DIY” Scheme. This is free and DIY Friends:

  • Receive regular updates
  • Are able to attend DIY’s regular At Home events
  • Are invited to previews and launch events


Friday Leadership Group

DIY’s Friday Leadership Group plans and leads DIY BUDS, courses and projects with young people. We have to be organised so we can lead others. We encourage other people to take part. We’re all friends together and we get on.

We like leading because it makes us think, it makes us happy because other people are looking up to us, we like to show our drama skills and we like working with props and singing songs.

Find out more about the Friday Leadership Group.