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.
Treasurer – Management Committee
Steven retired as a senior partner at a West End firm of Chartered Accountants, having been in practice for over 35 years. He was educated at Christ’s College School, Finchley, and the London School of Economics, and achieved his professional qualification at PwC. He is involved with the local community through his charity work with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Steven is also a Governor of a local independent girls’ school and is Chair of Governors of their South Korean sister school.
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. Continue reading “Lizzie Sturm”
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.
Interim Volunteer & Training Coordinator
Janet’s background was in research and education. She joined AIB as a volunteer five years ago, providing support in future care planning and generic advocacy for older people living in the community and in care homes. She is also involved in the training of new volunteer advocates and has been a member of AIB’s board of trustees since July 2014.
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.
Edna Oni studied New Technology, Media and Communications at University of East London and Career Guidance at South Bank University. She works as a company director in the motoring industry. Edna joined AIB as a volunteer generic advocate in January 2013 which she continues alongside her role as a cancer advocate for Barnet Macmillan Cancer Advocacy. For Edna, volunteering with AIB is a way of carrying out her vocation in life, a way of helping and reaching out to vulnerable people not having a voice to speak up for themselves or their rights. Resolving cases for clients gives Edna the feeling of achievement and fulfilment.
Darshana has previous experience of working with Charities. She enjoys yoga and doing voluntary work for a charity for past 13 years. Her specialty is organising introductory yoga sessions in communities. She has experience of working with multicultural people and enjoys learning about new cultures. Her hobbies include yoga and wellness teaching, meditation, reading, writing poems & short stories and music.
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.