Our Management Team

Liz Bates, Chief Executive Officer

Liz BatesLiz comes to Deafblind UK with 25 years experience in the health and social care sectors, during which time she was Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group. Her experience includes establishing and developing a new primary care organisation, managing a commissioning portfolio for voluntary and community organisations, and coaching and mentoring senior executives. She has most recently been working in the charity sector leading the design and implementation of a national model that enables better engagement between the charity and health sectors.

Prior to becoming Interim Chief Executive, Liz was a Trustee for Deafblind UK from February 2011 – March 2016.

Liz is a huge fan of Manchester United she also loves all sports, going on holiday, food and socialising.


Lee Bolland, Director of Operations and Community Services (Acting) 

Lee Bolland

Lee has a wealth of experience in operational management – having worked for The Royal Mencap Society for the last 10 years. He began his career as a support worker and concluded his employment with Mencap as an Area Operations Manager covering the Lincolnshire area, which provided support to over 150 people with a learning disability, with a team of around 140 staff and 10 managers.

Outside of work Lee enjoys family adventures in his caravan, cooking and listening to music –sometimes all at the same time!