Tier Blundell

Chris Crawford

Tier Blundell, 33, Trustee   Tell me a bit about your background. I come from a mixed race background, my father was Pakistani, and my mother is English. I grew up on a council estate in Northampton. My father left when I was a baby and then I suffered abuse at the hands of men my mother dated and then … Read More

Jim Andrews

James Wong

After graduating from UCL with a BSc Chemical Physics, Jim took what he considers to be the first meaningful independent decision of his life and sought employment with a local building contractor as a tradesman, eventually qualifying as an NVQ3 level bricklayer. The experience was formative and those years were later to breathe life into the numbers when he became … Read More

Simon Chinnery

James Wong

Simon has spent some 35 years in the City, working initially as a dealer in the stock exchange then for a number of asset management firms including Gartmore, Schroders, JP Morgan where he was a managing director in the UK institutional business and Legal and General where he was head of defined contributions client solutions. His main work was as … Read More

Michael Hyltoft

James Wong

Originally from Denmark, Michael was moved to Portsmouth, UK in 2000 by his employer IBM, supposed to be here for 2 years, and is now fully settled as a UK national, living in the countryside of Hampshire with his three lovely daughters. He first became involved with abandofbrothers in 2020, as a member of the Portsmouth community, but due to Covid could only … Read More

Mary D’Arcy

James Wong

For more than 30 years, Mary has worked in public service. In the Criminal Justice System as a Probation and Chief Officer, and in Local Government as a Director and Executive Director. Mary is passionate about enabling individuals to make changes in their lives and in supporting communities to be resilient.  She strongly believes that change cannot be forced, understanding … Read More

Steve Calder

James Wong

Steve grew up in a working-class family in east London, Steve’s experiences growing up instilled a sense of justice and a deep-rooted belief that given the right choices and opportunities people can turn their lives around. For the last 18 years, Steve has worked within the Probation Service holding frontline positions driven by the desire to help others move away … Read More

Rob Alcroft


After studying mathematics, Rob’s working life began as a professional musician, followed by an entrepreneurial period in furniture manufacture and retail. After meeting his now wife, Diana, he moved to London and his career moved into national charity, ultimately as Head of Fundraising Strategy at NSPCC. Rob has also worked extensively with the Institute of Fundraising to improve understanding of … Read More