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Our Officers of the Board

Dan Oliver (chair)

Dan is a Community Organiser with Starting Point, a social enterprise in Stockport, after previous jobs with charities, the National Crime Agency and a Member of Parliament. In his spare time he runs a local youth group, as well as leading a local volunteer committee that organises one of Stockport’s largest fundraising events.

Dan joined the Board of Stockport Advocacy in 2019. He is passionate about people and communities, and is keen to support staff and volunteers to continue helping those in Stockport who need it most.


Jan Hubbard

Jan Hubbard

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 Gwynne

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.


Sue Syder

A procurement professional with over 25 years of experience, both in the public and private sectors. More recently,  (last 10 years) Sue has worked as a procurement consultant with different public sector organisations including the NHS, Universities and Parliament. Sue has a practical approach to Procurement activities and can work at both strategic and operational levels. Sue enjoys working as part of a team and has particularly enjoyed working with organisations who are bidding for work in the public sector. After a working career spent mainly in Bristol and London, she is now back living in the North West.

On a personal level, Sue has a brother with complex physical needs and he has benefitted from the support given by Stockport Advocacy for many years. Sue says she is delighted to be both nearer him and to be able to work with Stockport Advocacy on their Board, and she hopes to be able to bring general business and commercial support.

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