Speakeasy leaflet

Click here for the 2018 Annual Report

Click here for the 2019 Annual Report

History of Advocacy

Who does the work?

Our trustees are volunteers who are responsible for making sure the organisation is run properly. They decide what we do, how the work is carried out, and vote on the major decisions. All of the trustees have experience of using services directly or as family carers. Some of the trustees have a learning disability or autism and have support from advocates to take part in trustee meetings.


The trustees for 2019-2020 are:

  • Chair = Rob Hannah
  • Vice chair = Carole Over
  • Treasurer = Derek Easton
  • Secretary = Matthew Ansell
  • Advocacy volunteer rep = Colin Watts
  • Self Advocacy rep = Marie Le Warne
  • Self Advocacy rep = Alex Azimi


Staff Team

The staff team are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation. They are:

  • Chief Executive – Amanda Kent
  • Senior Advocate – Lynda Awan
  • Office Manager – Ruth Jewell
  • Advocate – Nick Jeffery
  • Advocate – Rachel Barlow
  • Advocate – Nicki Bishop
  • Advocate – Sue Warner

You can see the staff photos here


We have volunteers doing different roles at Speakeasy, including being a trustee and supporting the running of self advocacy groups. 

Working with other organisations

We are members of the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board – see this website for more information about the Board and the work it is doing to make life better for people with autism in Hampshire

We are members of the National Coalition of Citizen Advocacy Schemes – see the website for more information

We are members of Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board – see the website for more information about the work that is being done to improve the lives of people with a learning disability in Hampshire

We work together with independent advocacy organisations in Hampshire – see the Hampshire Advocacy website for more information about how we do this.

Quality – getting things right

We are committed to providing good quality advocacy that supports people in the right way at the right time.

We work to the Advocacy Code of Practice  and are working towards completing the national advocacy Quality Performance Mark.

All of our advocates are working towards or have completed the Independent Advocacy Award.

We know that Advocacy makes a difference in peoples lives, and are using the Advocacy Outcomes Framework which was launched in July 2016 to evidence this.

If for any reason you think we have got something wrong, or you want to complain, please get in touch with us. Here is our complaints leaflet which lets you know about our Complaints Policy.