Meet the Advocacy Team

Keely Parnaby


Keely is our Managing Advocate. She is an experienced Independent Mental Health Advocate as well as a manager of Advocates. Keely is an enthusiastic supporter of peer advocacy and lived experience and leads on developing this work for the organisation.

Peter Smith


Peter has been a member of Independent Advocacy’s staff for 15 years. Although undertaking advocacy support for a number of differing disadvantaged people, he is a specialist advocate for people with mental health disorder and has been for 20 years and is an Independent Mental Health Advocate qualified under the 2007 Mental Health Act.

Leanne Durnford


Leanne specialises in Care Act Advocacy Section 67 Assessment, support planning and review; Care Act Advocacy Section 68 Safeguarding; and Parental Support. She also has experience in Community Mental Health, Community DoLS and NHS Complaints. Leanne’s interests are travelling, photography and volcanology.

Carol Green


Carol has been with independent Advocacy since December 2018. Her background is in mental health, education, adoption and family support. She leads our work on Parental (Child Protection) Advocacy and is passionate about ensuring parents know what their rights are when facing child protection proceedings.

Louise Leng


Louise is a trainee advocate who joined us in 2019.

Alex Baker

ADVOCATE (Maternity Cover)

Alex is joining us to cover for Maternity Leave – You may recognise him as he has been in our appointee team since he started with us!

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