Our Officers of the Board
Dr Lynn Sbaih (our Chair)
Lynn originally trained as a nurse, working in accident and emergency and intensive care units in both the UK and the Middle East. She has also worked at Manchester University, where she was responsible for the MSc Clinical Nursing Programme. During this time, she undertook several WHO short term projects in the Middle East. Lynn also spent some time working in the Modernisation Agency, in the Department of Health, before returning to work in the NHS in both senior management and service improvement jobs. Lynn has a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Science, from the Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MPhil and PhD from the Department of Sociology, the University of Manchester. In 2014 Lynn set up the Give2Gain Timebank providing an opportunity for local business and organisations to get involved in local helping and sharing networks. This has now evolved into the Give2Gain Community supporting local cross sector helping networks and communities. The Give2Gain Community also offers a range of social accounting and organisational development support to local business and community organisations. In addition to this, Lynn continues to provide freely given support to local community groups.
One of Lynn’s key roles, as a Trustee, is to support the Stockport Advocacy social marketing and social media work.
Jan is a retired Head of German, teaching pupils of all abilities from 11 to 18. After the birth of her daughter, Jan became increasingly involved with Special Needs pupils and often assisted in the preparation of Statements of Educational Need. She has also supported and encouraged students to “befriend” pupils at Heaton School. Jan has been associated with Stockport Mencap for many years and since her retirement from teaching Jan has become more involved in the work of the Valuing People Partnership Board Health sub group and attended the Pathway to Housing workshops at Stockport Advocacy.
Having had to fight hard for provision for her daughter, Jan has experienced at first hand the invaluable support that Stockport Advocacy has to offer and the excellent work they do. She is therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to help the Advocacy in some small way by becoming a director.
Philip has been a volunteer citizen advocate with Stockport Advocacy since 2012, and became a trustee in 2018.
His professional background is in system engineering and project management, most recently for a large multi-national electronic systems company. He stopped full-time work in 2012 and now is a part-time home worker.
Having witnessed at first hand just a small part of all the good things it does and represents, Philip is keen to combine this modest insight with his own general work experience to help Stockport Advocacy as a lasting community enterprise.
Dan originally worked as an Intelligence Officer with the National Crime Agency, before beginning a career in community development. He has worked with a number of local community groups and charities to help them grow and thrive, including in his role supporting a local Member of Parliament. His recent professional experience involved running a not-for-profit community centre.
In his spare time Dan runs a local youth group, as well as leading a local committee that organises one of Stockport’s largest fundraising events. Dan joined the board in 2019 with a particular focus on funding and sustainability.