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.
Phil Brooks – Secretary
Phil has been Secretary of Stockport Advocacy since its inception in 2004.
Phil has held various management positions with Norweb, United Utilities and more recently with Electricity North West. He brings an extra dimension to the team as his background is different to the other director’s which allows him to look at things in a different way.
The main skills that he brings to the team centre on project management and business awareness.
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.
Richard is a Solicitors and specialises in disability rights and public law. He helps and represents disabled people, their carers and people who lack mental capacity to pursue significant mental capacity, human rights and community care arguments.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and specialises in community care, mental capacity and human rights.
His work focuses largely on contested welfare proceedings in the Court of Protection relating to best interests, deprivation of liberty and capacity, but also involves all aspects of community care and human rights, in particular the obligations and duties of social services and NHS bodies.
He has a sound background in all aspects of social welfare law and regularly provides training for the voluntary and statutory sector.
Erin is a lecturer in Social Work on the MA Social Work programme at the University of Manchester, with a shared leadership role in Practice Learning. The Practice Learning leads have responsibility for developing and delivering the practice based elements of the MA Social Work programme. Erin qualified as a Social Worker in 2007 and worked for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for just over 8 years working on the Community Learning Disability Team, Younger Person’s Disability Team and Locality Team during this time.
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.