Janet Leach MBE


Janet is the Chair of Enterprise Cooperative Trust (ECT). Janet retired from the London Borough of Enfield in June 2019, having worked in the public sector in the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND) for 42 years and having con-currently held a number of positions within the voluntary sector.

Prior to retirement, Janet partnered with the London Borough of Bromley to jointly support the implementation of the wide-reaching SEND reforms across London.

Janet was Chair of Governors at Waverley Special School in Enfield for over 10 years, standing down in December 2020.  During this period, she was the special schools’ representative on Enfield Schools’ Forum.

In 2015 Janet completed an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management, researching into the impact of poverty on disabled children and the life chances of their families.  Janet has extensive board and leadership experience and is passionate about and committed to, working in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors, specifically championing co-production and parent partnerships.

Janet is also a Trustee of Contact, a national charity for families with disabled children and sits on the committee of the International Short Breaks Association (ISBA), which organises a biannual international conference. These are for all those who need and use short break/family support services and for policy makers and programme administrators.

Janet has always been active within her local community, fundraising for disability charities and Breast Cancer Now. She is married with three adult her family were delighted when she was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to SEND.