Our Board

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management and administration of AdviceUK. It makes sure our income is only used for the purposes agreed in the governing documents and is responsible for resources within the organisation. The Trustees must act in the best interests of the organisation at all times and ensure that the organisation stays within the law. Day to day management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive and staff while the Board focuses on strategic issues.

The Board meets seven times a year and deals with issues such as the organisation’s budget, annual plan, staffing and remuneration and policies.

Our Trustees

Naomi Wayne (Chair)

Naomi is an Independent Trustee.

Naomi has background in Ireland and Britain in trade unions and in equal opportunities work and has been involved in the voluntary sector as a volunteer and Trustee all her adult life.

She is Chief Officer of an unusual health charity, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, which helps performers with work related health problems. While working part time there, she is also a part time student of ceramics at Westminster University in the 5th year of a BA course.

Naomi wrote the first ever book on Irish Labour Law and co-authored another on bringing peace to Northern Ireland. She is a founder member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and set up a grant making charity, British Shalom Salam Trust. She recently joined the Board of the Migrants Resource Centre.

Naomi is Chair of the Board which she has been on since 1996. Previously she was a member of the Lewisham CAB Board.

Baljit Badesha

Baljit is the Co-opted Trustee for London.

He trained as a civil engineer and volunteered at Woolwich CAB which started his interest in advice and subsequently worked in a law centre. He became politicised at university where he was a member of the Anti-racist Alliance which resulted in a change of career path. He is the Director of Nucleus Legal Advice Centre where he has been in this post for the past 12 years. The organisation was established 35 years ago to provide advice to the local community. His aim for the organisation is for it to thrive and retain its values and spirit and to retain its community focus within a changing and competitive environment. When he took up this post he received lots of support from the AdviceUK London Regional Network as the organisation went through a big change process. He hopes that his involvement as a Board member will help AdviceUK to continue to support its diverse membership.

Hayley Kendall

Hayley is the Co-opted Trustee for Eastern region.

Following her graduation from University 11 years ago, Hayley volunteered at a local charity to gain experience of working with offenders (with the eventual aim of joining the Probation Service). She enjoyed working in the voluntary sector and did not hesitate to apply for the position as a trainee Money Adviser. When her contract ended in 2000 Hayley successfully applied for a Trainee Manager position at Ipswich Housing Action Group, a small independent charity that helps single homeless people. Hayley has now been managing the Money Advice Service at IHAG for 7 years and continues to expand and develop the service in order to reach as many marginalised, vulnerable people as possible who would find it difficult to access advice elsewhere. Hayley had been a member of Advice UK from the start of her career in this sector and valued their support. Becoming a trustee has not only enabled Hayley to meet new people and gain new experiences, but also enables her to represent smaller organisations such as IHAG at a national level.

Joanna Kennedy

Joanna was a litigation solicitor for 30 years after which she ran the Advice Agency Z2K and is now retired. She has been a member of the AdviceUK Board of Trustees since 2019 and is also a Trustee of Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre, QPR Community Trust and is on the Development Board of the Lyric Hammersmith.

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