Dan Hartley

Head of Operations

Dan joined abandofbrothers in 2008 and was influential in initiating the first ‘Quest for Community’ for young men. With over 10 years experience of frontline youth work, primarily within the Youth Justice and Leaving Care sectors in London and Sussex, Dan continues to play a key role in the growth and development of the Charity.

“For me, abandofbrothers felt like the missing piece in a jigsaw. It sounds obvious now but, prior to my involvement, I’d never realised how fortunate I was to have mentors in my life. I’d also never acknowledged how vital it is for young men to have older men around them when making the transition to adulthood. Men who can be real and fully present, who can offer support and challenge, and model strong and healthy masculinity.”

Time and again, Dan’s witnessed how destructive and anti-social behaviour is an inevitable consequence of unresolved hurts and an often tough and heart-breaking back-story. He’s clear that, in order to break the cycle of offending and violence, we have to attend to these wounds as well as modelling something different.

“I believe it’s imperative we take action now to bridge the inter-generational divisions and reverse the sense of mistrust, disconnection and powerlessness that exists within large sections of our society”.

As someone who’s passionate about creating safer, more inclusive communities, Dan sees abandofbrothers as the ideal grass-roots movement for creating positive, sustainable change. He currently lives in Sussex with his wife and two children and is honoured to have their love and support on this remarkable journey.