Irving Radnor - Chairman
Irving has been actively involved in charity work for 40 years, in areas as diverse as disability, the aged, deprived children, housing, health and education.
He was appointed Chairman of Advocacy First in 2006, since when he and fellow Trustees have seen the organisation grow and become an integral and important part of the community.
As Chairman, Irving sees the organisation's successful teamwork as vital to a quality service, enabling all staff - paid and volunteer - to focus on offering help and support to the vulnerable.
In his professional life, Irving is a consultant on disability issues, having in the past worked as a watch and clock repairing, textile factory employee, and civil servant.
In addition to his voluntary work for Advocacy First, Irving is also involved with a children’s day nursery and a committee member of a disability trust. He is a governor of a FE college and a special needs school.
Steve was born in Leeds in 1949, educated at Leeds Grammar School, and obtained a BSc in Management at Aston University in 1971, having also studied in the USA. He has lived in West Wickham since 1987, has been married to Sharon since 1975, and has 3 adult children.
Steve spent his working life of over 40 years entirely in Retail Management in Department Stores, mostly at Head offices, with 29 years at Allders, 4 at TJ Hughes and 7 at The Original Factory Shop. Having retired at Xmas 2011, Steve became a Volunteer and Trustee with Advocacy First in May 2012, and is very involved in the day to day running of the charity, developing new ways of adding to the funding received from the public sector. The first major event will be a Sponsored Twilight pyjama walk in Blackheath on May 17, 2013.
Steve volunteered at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. He also currently has a number of volunteering roles in sporting, cultural and educational environments.
As well as helping the community, Steve is a passionate supporter of Leeds United, Yorkshire Cricket, and the Leeds Rhinos.
Anu joined as a Trustee in 2010. Earlier, Anu volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bromley, and was on the board of the CAB in Woolwich.
Anu started her legal career at the Bromley law firm of Judge & Priestley, becoming a partner in 2001. She later joined solicitors Vizards Wyeth as a partner, leaving in 2007 to set up her own law firm specialising in debt recovery, commercial litigation and insolvency.
Krys has been involved with Advocacy First since February 2013 first as a volunteer and now as a Trustee. She has a MSc in Sociology, a BA Honours degree in History, and post graduate teaching and headship qualifications. She is also qualified to teach English as a second language
She retired in 2011 as Head of 14 – 19 Education Strategy for a London Borough and previously was a Head Teacher and Deputy Head in challenging secondary schools. Throughout her working life she has been involved in improving outcomes for young people and turning round organisations in difficult circumstances. She is people focussed and would like to continue to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Her interests are travel, current affairs and Krys has grandchildren in Perth, Australia as well as Bromley! In addition to her work for Advocacy First she is a volunteer befriender for Kent Association for the Blind.