Meet Our Team
Get to know the advocacy in barnet team
Get to know the advocacy in barnet team
Chair – Management Committee
Graham Kirk is a chartered Civil Engineer and Environmentalist whose professional work has encompassed construction management, academia and personnel training and selection. His charitable activities have included being a volunteer with The Samaritans and The British Executive Service Overseas, a Director/Trustee of The Barnet Centre for Independent Living and The Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief and a volunteer at Advocacy in Barnet. He is currently a Director of Advocacy in Barnet and Chair of the Management Committee.
Volunteer Advocate – Management Committee
Renie has been a volunteer advocate with AIB for sixteen years, assisting in the training and mentoring of new volunteer advocates and in allocating social work placements. She has extensive experience in youth and drugs education work. Initially in a Government funded post as Drugs Education Co-ordinator for Schools and Youth Service, and later as Health Education Consultant for Barnet Schools and Youth Service, her role involved the training of both teachers and youth workers. She also worked with Barnet health professionals and teachers to produce Health Education Training materials e.g. Topic of Cancer.
Global Marketer – Management Committee
Natalie has spent the past twenty years as a global marketer, primarily focused on the USA, India and China. In 2012 when she joined Advocacy in Barnet’s Management Committee she was on a career break but has since sent up her own consultancy company helping a broad range of clients.
Solicitor – Management Committee
Ruth is a Solicitor and her varied career has included work in the private and public sector and in industry. Ruth has worked in private practice, as a Senior Lawyer for the Building Society Ombudsman, a consultant/Senior Lawyer at Woolwich Plc and as a Principal Government Lawyer at the Department of Health/Work and Pensions. Ruth’s interest in financial regulation and in the regulation of health professionals is coupled with a real passion for advocacy and in being a Committee Member. She is committed to ensuring that everyone is given the same opportunity to achieve the outcomes they deserve: by being treated fairly, being given a voice, and being heard.
Glynnis has worked at senior level in leadership and management roles in adult social services. She has significant experience of local government, social services, integration and partnership working with health, the voluntary sector and private providers. For the past five years, she has worked as a consultant in social services departments engaging with senior social services/local government officers, councillors, primary care and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), reviewing local situations and facilitating improvement and change. Continue reading “Glynnis Joffe”
Lizzie has been involved in a wide range of advocacy and management of projects for over 20 years. Her interest stems from her involvement in resettling people from long stay institutions back into the community many, many years ago. She has a strong interest in the training and development of advocates, quality standards in advocacy and identifying gaps in advocacy service provision. She was instrumental in identifying the need for and consequently developing and establishing second tier training and development for the advocacy sector.
Through her long involvement with advocacy, Lizzie holds a wealth of knowledge about the history of independent advocacy and has practical and theoretical working knowledge of the various different advocacy models and client groups receiving advocacy. She has over 20 years experience of managing staff and delivering training and 18 years in advocacy and is an independent supervisor and assessor for the National Advocacy Qualification.
Rhonda started her career as a scientific researcher in Cambridge and then moved into science journal publishing for many years.
Most recently she has used her extensive project management skills as a Macmillan Professional at North London Hospice and, currently, for Advocacy in Barnet.
Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator
Matthew comes to Advocacy in Barnet with a background in humanitarian aid, having previously worked for Médecins Sans Frontières as a Logistician in the Middle East as well as in a variety of roles including as a Volunteer Coordinator for a volunteer-driven disaster response charity. A newcomer to London, Matthew is keen to engage with the Barnet community and utilize his previous volunteer and project mangement experiance to support AIB’s Advocacy work.
Silvana’s background is in the criminal justice system where she worked in a variety of roles and areas including mental health, safeguarding and violence reduction. Keen to put the skills she had acquired to use in the charity sector she joined AIB in February 2017 as the Senior Advocate and a Barnet Macmillan Cancer Advocate. She takes great satisfaction in working with members of the community to both empower them and achieve results. She is enjoying taking on this challenge alongside the team of AIB staff and volunteers.
‘Lost in Transition’ Advocate
With a background in social work Shailja has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years delivering projects in both South and North London. She has worked on a variety of community roles engaging with different user groups including those with mental health issues, older vulnerable and isolated adults, to those with physical disabilities resulting from stroke. More recently Shailja has been providing advice to older residents in Barnet via the Later Life Planning Service. She has joined AIB from Age UK where she worked as a later life planner for the last three years.
Darshana has a Masters degree in Business Management. She has experience working in various sectors including Insurance, Construction, Legal, and TFL. She looks forward to bringing these experiences in various roles to AIB. With her recent experience of working for a local charity in the Administration department she got lot of insights of working within a Charity. She enjoys yoga and doing voluntary work for a charity for past 15 years. She is also a Health & Wellbeing Trainer taking workshops within the multicultural communities. She enjoys yoga, meditation and writes poetry.
Svetlana holds a Master’s degree in Management. Initially working as a finance support volunteer in 2001, Svetlana was employed as Finance Officer in December 2007. She is very proud of how her role helps in the provision of service which the organisation does.