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SLC Trustees

John Rhodes (Chair) 
Resident of Southwark
 Re-elected: November 2018

I know the importance of what the Law Centre's great staff do for vulnerable local clients from 7 years post-retirement local volunteering, first at Citizens Advice Southwark and more recently at Southwark Day Centre for Asylum seekers where I am also a trustee. In my three years as a trustee of the Law Centre I hope I have made some contribution to helping it remain financially resilient, develop its business strategy, and increase its local reach. After over 30 years in Whitehall, including helping to introduce the National Minimum Wage, I spent five years working at Citizens Advice HQ promoting financial education. I have lived in Peckham since 2013 and in Southwark for the last 20 years.

 

 

Alexander Polley (Vice Chair)

Resident of Southwark

Elected: October 2015

Biography:

I am a practising barrister resident in Southwark, and have been a Trustee at the Law Centre since 2015.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to do something valuable for my local community.  Access to justice remains a vital issue in the present economic and cultural climate, and institutions such as Southwark Law Centre do essential work in ensuring that the most vulnerable members of society can enforce their legal rights.  I am very proud to have been able to help the Law Centre as trustee and (in the last two years) vice-chair of the trustee Board, as well as serving on the finance sub-committee, and want to continue doing so in the years ahead.

 

 

Fiona-Jane MacGregor (Treasurer)

Resident of Southwark

Elected:  November 2018

Biography:

I am a partner in small private debt fund. I have previously worked in banking and latterly for HMG where I was Chief Operating Officer for UK Government Investments. I feel my back ground and experience can be brought to good use at SLC as I have financial budgeting and risk management experience. I have lived in Southwark for the last 20 years and seen first hand many of the changes that have taken place and am delighted to be in a position to support my local community where I can.

 

 

Victoria Olisa

Resident of Southwar

Elected:  October 2016

Biography:

I am Victoria Olisa, who has been an active trustee on the SLC Trustee board for the last 3 years. I would like to selected for another 3 years, as I feel that I have a lot to still give to the SLC, especially as I am now a ward councillor at Southwark Council, which has given me more knowledge of the internal workings of local politics and public sector agencies, which I can utilise to support the ongoing and far reaching scope of the SLC beyond Southwark and the neighbouring boroughs. I still have the same passion to make a change within my local community and I feel that being a Trustee helps me. To do this, whilst giving an authentic voice to many who find it difficult to do so.

 

 

Steve Lancashire

Resident of Southwark

Elected: October 2017

Biography:

I was brought up in a railway/council flat in Waterloo. After graduating from University I worked for c. 25 years in various Settlements in Bethnal Green and Southwark as a youth and community worker. I also worked and trained (for a total of 3 years in Chicago and been an ILEA Youth Officer. I have lived for the past 40 years in the fully mutual Housing Coop near the Elephant and Castle I helped found and which I currently chair.

I was a Southwark Councillor for 8 years from 1994, then moved to Sunderland for a few years and ran a Community Empowerment Fund and a Community Development training agency (CWACNEE) in the North East. I also worked for private clients on various redevelopment schemes/projects.

 

 

Jude Wells

Resident of Southwark

Elected: October 2017

Biography:

I currently work as an employment and welfare rights adviser for Working Families and as a project manager for Art Against Knives. Prior to taking up these roles, I worked as an advice supervisor for Citizens Advice Southwark specialising in immigration, housing, Community care and benefits law. I have attained professional qualifications in the field of immigration advice and is currently studying a masters in data science at Birkbeck University of London.

 

Vicky Fewkes

Resident of Southwark

Elected: April 2019

Biography: 

I have been a resident of Southwark for the past 13 years. I am a Housing and Supervising Solicitor at Ealing Law Centre. Prior to working at Ealing Law Centre I trained at a large legal aid practice in South London. I am an Executive Committee Member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association and a former Committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. I am passionate about Law Centres and the role they play in Access to Justice and also campaign as part of the Justice Alliance.

 

 

Oliver Persey

Resident of Southwark

Elected: November 2018

Biography:

I am training to be a barrister through a Justice First Fellowship at the Public Law Project (PLP). I live in Borough and previously lived in Elephant and Castle. I have a strong commitment to legal aid and access to justice issues: I ran my undergraduate university's legal aid scheme, volunteered with a law centre in New York, worked for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, founded RebLaw UK (the largest student-run conference on public interest law), and am a committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. Before coming to the Bar, I taught and researched at the London School of Economics and Oxford University, where I gained of experience managing projects with large budgets. At PLP, I worked on the Law Centres Network's judicial review of the changes to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) and gained a keener understanding of the financial pressures law centres face. In day to day life at PLP, I also deal with many of the substantive issues faced by the law centre. Being a trustee gives me the opportunity to use my skills to help ensure that people in my local borough can access justice.

 

 

Lucy Stoy

Lambeth & Southwark

Elected: February 2019

Biography:

I have lived in Southwark (as a proud Camberwell resident) and, more recently, just over the border in Lambeth for over 15 years. I am a solicitor advocate at a London-based law firm specialising in civil litigation and public law. I am also a trained mediator. I have worked on a pro bono basis for many years with NGOs involved in access to justice and human rights and am responsible for my firm's global pro bono relationships with Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Campaign. I understand the vital importance of access to justice in the current environment and recognise the crucial work done by Southwark Law Centre to defend and support local clients. I am keen to do all that I can to support and fight for Southwark Law Centre.

I know the importance of what the Law Centres great staff do for vulnerable local clients from 7 years post-retirement local volunteering, first at Citizens Advice Southwark and more recently at Southwark Day Centre for Asylum seekers where I am also a trustee.In my three years as a trustee of the Law Centre I hope I have made some contribution to helping it remain financially resilient, develop its business strategy, and increase its local reach.

After over 30 years in Whitehall, including helping to introduce the National Minimum Wage, I spent five years working at CitizensAdvice HQ promoting financial education. Ihave lived in Peckham since 2013 and in Southwark for the last 20 years.