About Us


Established by Gill Leng in 2002, GLHS works with organisations across the country to improve the lives of their customers and communities.

Our team shares a common interest in reducing inequalities and enabling people to have the same opportunities as we have had in life. We bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to projects, we’re full of ideas and are committed to continuous improvement.

Housing and health are a serious business and we’re focused on real results but we aim to make working with us an enjoyable process. Some fun at work is allowed.

Our team

Here’s a little about our team members. If you’d like to know our detailed employment histories please follow the LinkedIn links. Or we can send you a CV.

Gill’s housing career began counting bricks, before moving into managing new-build affordable housing & regeneration schemes in Greater Manchester for housing associations, and then a strategy role for Bury MBC. She started freelancing in 2002, with untold opportunities to learn, connect and create, most recently in a national housing & health role for Public Health England. Gill likes to scare herself everyday: for relaxation she rides her bike down mountains. She likes gin. Find out more here.

Lesley Healey began life as a ‘hands on’ health professional, shifting to environmental sciences, then social care, health and housing, managing pretty much every type of housing service in local government there is along the way (and probably refuse collection) to becoming a social services AD. All of this experience has proved very handy for freelancing since 2005; Lesley’s eye for detail & knowledge of how things work in practice (compared to the theory) is second to none. As is her ability to grow cucumbers and remember the names of birds. Find out more here.

Mel Cant thrives on ‘having a lot on’, demonstrating her prowess by holding down a job in housing, qualifying as a Barrister, building a house and having a family all at the same time. Freelancing since 2002 she’s been able to apply her legal expertise and knowledge across the country, working with local authorities and housing associations, and she currently completes homelessness reviews for most of North Yorkshire (next stop, England). Mel doesn’t have spare time. If she’s not working she’s feeding and exercising her menagerie and making use of the opportunities to swear that mountain biking and fell walking bring.

If Sheila Spencer was a stick of rock (the nice pink flavour, not the liquorice one) she’d have ‘tackling homelessness’ down the middle, something she’s been doing since 1976 in various guises across the country and particularly in the North East. Freelancing since 1995 she has specialised in finding solutions for people affected by hidden or repeat homelessness, and rough sleeping. Working at the ‘front line’ has its stresses so it’s lucky that Sheila knows how to relax; playing her fiddle; singing; enjoying North East culture; walking and cycling. Her knowledge of local pubs and restaurants is worth paying for too. Find out more here.