Living Streets has appointed two new senior managers.  

Dean Jefferys and Karen Doyle will join the charity from 4 January 2021 as Director of Local Impact and Director of Development respectively.

Dean Jefferys, Director of Local Impact

Dean Jefferys brings extensive experience of working with children and young people gained as a secondary school teacher, Scout Leader and in senior roles at the Marine Society & Sea Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In his new role, Dean will be responsible for the successful delivery of the charity’s projects, ensuring Living Streets’ work is maximised at a local, regional and national level.  

Dean Jefferys, newly appointed Director of Local Impact said:  

“I am thrilled and delighted to be joining such a dynamic and positive organisation as Living Streets. Given the current pandemic there has never been a more important time to prioritise walking and in particular the safe use of the roads and pavements around where we all live. 

“Coming from a background in education, youth work and volunteering, I am hugely excited about making an impact at Living Streets and working across the sector to enhance how pedestrians enjoy and engage with the community around them.” 

Dean Jefferys

Karen Doyle, Director of Development

Karen Doyle comes from a fundraising, marketing and communications background, having previously worked with schools, universities and at organisations including Bertelsmann, LBC Radio, Barclaycard and The Football Association.

Karen will take charge of the charity’s income generation activity, including grants and contracts, fundraising, and commercial income from Living Streets Services Ltd (LSS), the charity’s wholly owned trading subsidiary. 

Karen Doyle, newly appointed Director of Development, Living Streets said:  

“This is an exciting time to join Living Streets as their Director of Development. The pandemic has mobilised so many of us - including me - into rediscovering the immense joy of walking, along with the myriad of important benefits it brings to our health, community, and the planet. 

We now have an amazing opportunity to build on this momentum and make ‘Walking Number One’. I am looking forward to working with the exceptional team at Living Streets and using my experience, in the commercial and education sectors, to help build and grow the range of organisations and supporters who play such an important part in our incredible journey.” 


Karen Doyle

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:   

This is an exciting time for Living Streets, as we strive to put walking at the heart of the nation’s green recovery from the pandemic. We are known for our excellent walk to school projects and our inspirational campaigns and fundraising which I am certain will go from strength to strength under Karen and Dean’s care. 

"There are significant opportunities to expand our work in the new year and I am confident we have found the right people to help us do just that.