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SLC Trustees

Jacqueline Peirce
Resident of Southwark
Date of Appointment: April 2012
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.

 

Andi Pasvani (Treasurer)

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: September 2014

Biography:

I have great appreciation for organisations like Southwark Law Centre that offer help and support to people most in need. These are often the most vulnerable people in society who cannot obtain legal advice due to legal aid cuts. I have been a Southwark Law Centre Trustee since 2014 and the Treasurer since September 2015. I live in the London Borough of Southwark and would like to continue to be part of Southwark Law Centre and contribute to my community.

 I am a Business Manager/Chartered Accountant currently working for St Michaels' Catholic College in Bermondsey. I have extensive experience in non for profit organisations. I have the relevant skills and experience that will enable me to continue making a helpful contribution.

 

Jacky Bourke-White

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: October 2015

Biography:

Jacky has a history of working in the voluntary sector for over 15 years. She is the Chief Executive of Age UK Lewisham and Southwark. Jacky has a strong commitment to seeing the sector supported and strengthened.

 

Alexander Polley

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: October 2015

Biography:

I am a practising barrister resident in Southwark, and am delighted to have the opportunity to do something valuable for my local community.Access to justice is 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 this year as trustee and vice-chair, and on the finance sub-committee, and want to continue doing so in the years ahead.

 

John Rhodes (Chair)

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: October 2015

Biography:

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.

 

Alex Alawode

Resident of Lambeth

Date of Appointment: October 2015

Biography:

In the current climate, access to justice is needed more than ever. As many law centres have been subject to closure, the work of Southwark Law Centre is a much-needed support system not only for residents of Southwark, but also its neighbouring boroughs. I have previously gained voluntary experience working in a law chambers (specialising in Criminal, Family and Prison Law); volunteering for the National Centre for Domestic Violence; and volunteering at weekends for Advising London.

I am currently employed by the National Crime Agency, a government organisation dealing in serious organised crime. In July 2016, I was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a qualified Barrister. I would like to continue as a Trustee for Southwark Law Centre as I believe I have an array of different skills to offer. I particularly want to help SLC spread their message and services via social media and make use of this platform in our ever-increasing digital age.

 

Victoria Olisa

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: October 2016

Biography:

I am a full time Branch Organiser working for Unison, in the Housing Associations branch, representing low paid workers in small, medium and large housing associations, mainly in care homes etc. I help them to resolve any employment issues, including sickness absence, disciplinaries and grievances. I have been an active volunteer in my local area of Dog Kennel Hill, East Dulwich for more than 18 years, helping and supporting local residents on my estate.

As a trustee, I would like to offer my time to the Law Centre to support our clients who are having worsening employment rights and work conditions, with poor pay etc… who are struggling to support their families. I would like to continue as a trustee, as I feel that I have the energy and commitment to support local people to get the best outcomes for them and their families.

 

Steve Lancashire

Resident of Southwark

Date of Appointment: 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

Date of Appointment: 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.

 

Fiona-Jane MacGregor

Resident of Southwark

Co-Opted: September 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.

 

Oliver Persey

Resident of Southwark

Co-Opted: July 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

Co-Opted: October 2017

Biography:

I am a solicitor at Anthony Gold Solicitors, which is based in Southwark and a firm that has strong and long standing links with Southwark Law Centre because of the housing work that both organisations do. I have previously lived in Peckham and Camberwell, moving to Lewisham in the last few years though remains closely tied to Southwark through my work as many of my clients are Southwark based.

I am very committed to increasing access to justice for all, where the pernicious cuts to legal funding we have seen over a number of years affect the most vulnerable people most significantly. The injustices that ordinary people face every day enrages me and provides me with the energy needed to work for wonderful organisations like Southwark Law Centre. If I was Prime Minister for a day, I would make it compulsory that every adult human capable of working would have to work in a job for at least six months where they are constantly faced with the people impacted by government policy about welfare, immigration and housing etc. Southwark Law Centre is a great centre, providing much needed assistance to some of those most vulnerable. I am grateful and honoured to have been co-opted on to the trustee board this year and am learning a great deal.

I also volunteer at another legal advice centre in Lambeth and am the pro-bono co-ordinator on the CSR committee at my firm. 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. 

On a more personal note, I very much enjoy running, the theatre and reading the London Review of Books (though have a pile of at least 10 unread at any one time which makes me feel enormously guilty!