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Our trustees

Photo shows the trustees of The Advocacy Project as a group with everyone smiling

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

 

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

“As Chair, I play a pivotal role in making sure everyone can participate meaningfully as trustees. One third of our trustees are ‘experts by experience’ in learning disabilities, dementia and mental health.”

 

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.”

 

Michael Hagan Service User TrusteeImage shows a close up photo of Michael Hagan

“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.”

 

 

Dr Paul Kitchener GP (retired)Image shows a close up photo of Paul Kitchener

“I bring to the role my medical and management experience, coupled with my longstanding interest in mental health. I’m keen to support people with health issues in areas that are under-recognised and resourced.”

 

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.”

 

Dr Dele OlajideImage shows a close up of Dr Dele Olajide, Trustee at The Advocacy Project Associate Medical Director, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

“As a trustee I have a keen interest reviewing robust performance indicators to improve our clinical and information processes. Having quality data helps to improve efficiency.”

 

Image shows a close up photo of Sue Page

Sue Page Bid 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 AllenImage shows a close up photo of Claire Starza Allen Head of Commercial,
The Children’s Society

“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