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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.

 

Jacqueline Peirce

Resident of Southwark
Re-elected: November 2018
Biography:

 I have lived in Southwark for 13 years and worked as a legal aid immigration solicitor and partner in a law firm in Southwark for 14 years. I have been a trustee at Southwark Law Centre since April 2012 and Chair since Sept 2012. I am also a trustee for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group which is also based in Southwark. My main expertise is immigration and social welfare problems affecting migrants, but I am interested in all access to justice issues. I want to contribute to ensuring the Centre is able to extend the assistance it gives, reacting quickly to new needs or developing needs in the community and to nearby areas which lack services. The Centre has a great track record on the quality and sustainability of its services which can continue to be built on despite funding challenges.

 

Jacky Bourke-White

Resident of Southwark

Re-elected: November 2018

Biography:

I have a history of working in the local voluntary sector and am committed to ensuring that services that make a difference in people’s lives are delivered at a local level through the sector. I have worked in Southwark for over 12 years and am currently the Chief Executive of Age UK Lewisham and Southwark and Chair of Community Southwark. I was a 2015 Clore Social Fellow and hold and PG Dip in Management. I have extensive experience of delivering projects, and running charities including finance and HR knowledge and skills. 

 

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.

 

 

Louise Taylor

Resident of Southwark

Elected: November 2018

Biography:

I am a solicitor in a private practice firm and also volunteer at another legal advice centre in Lambeth. I am also involved with the University of Greenwich Innocence Project. I am also a director and trustee of an organisation called Global Justice Now, which campaigns for a more just and global world and is an organisation I am also extremely proud to be associated with. Though different, I believe that the skills I have acquired whilst part of Global Justice Now are a good foundation for me inputting into the trustee board of 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.