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Lesley Dixon - Chief Executive at PSS

Social Value Summit speaker Lesley DixonLesley is the Chief Executive at PSS, a social enterprise that works across the UK helping people to get the most from their lives. 

PSS supports people in their home-life, in their relationship with their family, in maintaining their own health and wellbeing and even in finding and/or providing some very specialist community support services. Over the last century PSS developed some of the best known names in community support including Age Concern, the Citizen's Advice Bureau and Legal Aid. Today Lesley’s team are continuing the legacy of innovation with a strong focus on encouraging people to choose their own support and retain their independence wherever possible. To make this a reality PSS provides a range of services which work across a wide spectrum of personal experience and need. PSS’ work reaches far and wide but across the organisation, at the heart, is a dedication to designing and providing dynamic services that are shaped not by finance, ease or tradition but by each person that uses them. 

Lesley’s commitment to empowering people who need support goes beyond her role within PSS, as vice-chair of ‘Mind’, Lesley also works with their team to raise awareness of, and build support networks for people across the UK who have mental health problems. Lesley is also a trustee of the Furniture Resource Centre – one of the first social enterprises in the UK.  

Before joining PSS Lesley worked at the University of Leeds and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the student experience. She was a commissioner on the Liverpool Fairness Commission and was also part of the ACEVO’s ‘preventative task-force’ working to create a fairer society by living the principles of equality. Lesley is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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