Meet The Team Of Trustees
Our Group of Experienced Professionals
Irving has been actively involved in charity work for over 40 years, in areas including disability, the aged, deprived children, housing and education.
He was elected Chairman of Advocacy First in 2006, since when he and fellow Trustees have seen the organisation undergo changes, to become an integral and important part of the Bromley hospital community.
As Chair, Irving sees the organisations strong teamwork ethic as vital to delivering a quality service, enabling all staff – both paid and volunteers- to focus on offering help and support to our clients.
In his professional life Irving is a consultant to many organisations on disability issues. In earlier years he has worked as a watch and clock repairer, in a textile factory and as a civil servant.
Irving, who was born in Glasgow has in the recent past worked with a children’s day nursery, a disability Trust, a special needs school and as a Governor of an FE college.
Anu joined Advocacy First as Trustee in 2010, having previously volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Bromley and on the CAB Board in Woolwich.
Her role as a Trustee is to give support and advice on any legal issues arising from our Advocacy work, and also working with Stephen on reports to and meetings with, current and proposed funders.
Anu is a Solicitor, having started her legal career in Bromley at the Judge and Priestly law firm, becoming a partner in 2001. She later became a partner at solicitors Vizards Wyeth, before setting up her own law firm in 2007
Stephen was born in Leeds, educated at Leeds Grammar School, and obtained a BSc in Management from Aston University in the 1970s, having also studied in the USA. He has lived in West Wickham since 1987, has been married for over 40 years, having 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
All 40 years of Stephen’s working life was spent in retail management, in department stores, both mainstream and discount. After his retirement in 2011, he joined Advocacy First as a volunteer, then a Trustee, in May 2012.
All of the day to day management of the charity is done by Stephen, who also acts as Company Secretary. Among other areas, he is responsible for administration, for recruitment and management of our staff and for communication with funders. Stephen says “ My role is to enable our team to help as many clients as possible, to ensure that we have outstanding Advocates and volunteers and to run the charity on the minimum cost base possible, so that most funding is used directly for our team and clients.”
Stephen volunteered at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. He also has a number of volunteering roles in international and national sporting and cultural environments, and is vice-chair of Governors of a local Academy.
As well as all his community and AF work Stephen is a passionate supporter of Leeds united, Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos.
Krys has been involved with Advocacy First since 2013, initially as a volunteer, then a Trustee. She has an MSc in Sociology, a BSc in History and postgraduate qualifications in both Teaching and Headship. She is also, as is Stephen, qualified to teach English as a second language.
Before Krys retired in 2011 she was Head of Education Strategy for a London Borough, having previously been a Deputy Head, then Head in challenging secondary schools. Throughout her working life Krys has been involved in improving outcomes for young people and turning round organisations in difficult circumstances. She is people-focused and wants to continue to help to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Krys’s role in AF is as a non-executive Trustee, casting an objective view both at, and outside, meetings. She also manages projects when required.
Travel, including to see her grandchildren in Perth, Australia, is one of Krys’s passions. She has other grandchildren in Bromley. In addition to her work with AF Krys is a volunteer befriender for Kent Association for the Blind.
Sachin was introduced to Advocacy First in 2016 to consult on a technology related efficiency improvement initiative. Being invited to get involved in May 2021 for another similar initiative paved the way for Sachin to join as a Trustee in November 2021.
Sachin brings technology expertise to Advocacy First from his higher education and career. After obtaining his First Class (Hons) in Software Engineering from University of East London in 2007, he embarked on a successful career at Reuters (Stock Market Data) in London. During his 15 years as a technology professional Sachin has worked in Capacity Management, Quality Assurance and Program Management in critical and complex distributed systems both in Market Data and Integrity Solutions (for social media).
Sachin has a decade of experience in fundraising and supporting social causes from his work as the Secretary at his Social Club; during this time, he has raised over £25,000 for 2 main causes, firstly for Sports & Academic improvements in St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, Sri Lanka and secondly for Social Causes both in Sri Lanka and in the UK.
He is passionate about continued improvement, sustainability and using technology to improve peoples’ lives.