Say Hello to our Newest Trustee! We are excited to welcome a new member to the Advocacy Focus Board of Trustees. Dean Rodgers joins us as our new Treasurer with 10 years’ experience in accountancy under his belt. Dean is currently an Accountant at Haworths Limited in Accrington, with a knack for numbers he has taken on this voluntary role to help manage our charity’s finances and help us reach our mission of ‘Advocacy for All’. Dean is now the youngest member of our Board. Justine Hodgkinson, CEO of Advocacy Focus says: “We are delighted to welcome Dean into our charity family. I knew when we first met that he was a going to be a great addition to the Board, as our youngest member, he is definitely going to bring a lot of new and fresh ideas to the table.” A strong work ethic has been drilled into Dean since a young age, growing up watching his hard working parents; his mum a Carer and his dad a lorry driver for Warbutons. He started working whilst still in school and at the age of 16 decided to forgo college and university and head straight into the professional world. Eleven years later, Dean is now a successful, fully qualified Accountant. Dean says: “I took the role as I am passionate about helping people who struggle to help themselves. I have friends and family with mental health issues who feel like they have been ignored by the services that are there to help them. I joined Advocacy Focus to help the people like that.” Justine adds: “Dean’s passion for helping others was evident from the get go and is the driving force behind all of our Board members. He’s attended a few Board meetings and has already fit right in and made a valuable contribution. We are looking forward to the expertise and guidance he has to offer our charity.” As Treasurer, Dean will be reviewing our monthly accounts and helping us make important financial decisions. He finishes: “I intend to make sure that Advocacy Focus can continue to provide the brilliant service it does for the foreseeable future. With the expectation of growing our services in the future. The plan is not to just deliver local authority funded statutory advocacy services, but to proactively raise funds to prevent the need for it in the first place.” Welcome to the team Dean, from everyone at Advocacy Focus!