Lesley came to live in Milton Keynes in 1984 to take up the role of director of swimming coaching for Milton Keynes Swimming Club. In 1991 she took a job at Milton Keynes Council and became part of a team called Action Sport. The programme looked at ways to increase people’s participation in sport. As part of that initiative, she looked at equal opportunities for girls and women particularly in football. Her team were instrumental in setting up football training for girls. Over 100 girls took part in a tournament at Woughton on the Green.