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Our trustees

Dele Olajide and Jacqui McKinlay at the Houses of Parliament

Dele Olajide and Jacqui McKinlay at the Houses of Parliament

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.”


Judith Davey Chief ExecutiveImage shows a close up of Judith Davey

“In my role as CEO, I need to provide the leadership and environment in which our amazing team can do their best work, helping people bring about positive change in their own lives.”


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.”



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.”




Further information

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