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Our trustees

Image shows a photo compilation of trustees of The Advocacy Project

The trustees of The Advocacy Project

We aspire to the highest governance standards because we recognise the link between good governance and impact. We believe good governance is about genuinely holding ourselves to account for making a positive difference to the people we work with; helping them to speak up and make meaningful choices about what happens in their lives.

We are proud of our board’s diversity; it reflects the communities we work in. One-third of our trustees are ‘experts by experience’. They draw on the challenges they face to make sure those living with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia have a voice at the board table.


Meet our trustees


Dr Dele Olajide Chair; recently retired as AssociateImage shows Dr Dele Olajide Medical Director, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

“As Chair, I’m very supportive of the board reflecting the diversity of our communities, including effective service user representatives. I’m establishing quality initiatives to help us monitor and evaluate what we do so we can improve our effectiveness.”


Adam Antonio Service User TrusteeImage shows a close up photo of Adam Antonio

“The board is diverse in terms of cultures, abilities, disabilities, experiences, ideas and outlooks. Everyone’s point of view is heard and valued. No question is a silly question.”


Kate Ferguson TreasurerImage shows a close-up of Kate Ferguson, Chair of The Advocacy Project Board of Trustees.

“I joined the board as I’m keen to challenge the stigma around mental health. My commercial and financial background means I can bring a sharp focus on corporate governance to The Advocacy Project.”


Michael HaganImage shows photo of Michael Hagan, trustee of The Advocacy Project Service User Trustee

“As someone who uses our services, I share my experiences of living with a learning disability and the challenges I face. I am able to provide a collective voice for other people with learning disabilities in board meetings.”


Jacqui McKinlay CEO, Centre for Public ScrutinyImage shows a close up photo of Jacqui McKinlay

“One of my priorities is to make sure we’ve got the right systems in place to build strong governance. That’s not just ticking boxes, but making sure we stick to our purpose and focus on the charity’s aims.”


Sue Page Image shows Sue Page, trustee of The Advocacy ProjectBid and Implementation Manager, Greenbrook Healthcare

“I was a commissioner for a primary care trust when I first heard about The Advocacy Project. The trustee role is a chance for me to contribute – my experience is a natural fit with the charity’s mission and strategy.”


Claire Starza-Allen Group Contract Manager, Kin + Carter

“I’m interested in providing oversight of The Advocacy Project with business development, research and policy, partnerships and fundraising, and raising our profile.”


We are looking for a Trustee Treasurer

The Advocacy Project is looking for a new trustee with considerable professional experience in finance to become Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. This role represents a fantastic opportunity for experienced professionals who want to be part of an organisation with a mission to support people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues or older people to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.
As a member of our Board of Trustees, you will have enormous influence over the success of our charity. With your fellow trustees, you will shape our long-term strategy and be guardians of our vision, mission and values. More information about the post here


Further information

Easy read trustees poster
Blog: reaping the rewards of a diverse board
What makes a good trustee