Royston John


John Royston

John Royston, father of 5, business coach/mentor at Centre for Mentoring and Coaching; CEO of National Coalition-Building Institute. What made you wake up in terms of who you are as a man and a black man? I went to a Prime Minister Diversity Challenge workshop run by NCBI at Russell Square in 2001. The question was asked ‘stand if you … Read More

Maxwell Betts


Prior to joining abob I was a builder and for a while an estate agent. Nearly 4 years ago I heard about abob through my son’s step-father. He didn’t say much about it but I knew that he’d been a mentor and I trusted his opinion when he said “it will be right up your street”. I did my initial … Read More

Chris Richards


After moving to Hastings I was looking to connect with men in the area and discovered that a few were starting A Band of Brothers Hastings. I was interested in mentoring a young man and so we started a group. Meeting every two weeks initially in one of our houses the group built over time as we got to know … Read More

Geof Elvyhart


I’ve run a successful, national environmental waste management and recycling company in the Midlands since setting it up in 2003. In 2018 I joined abandofbrothers, initially as a volunteer for my local community in Leamington, then progressing through all the training available until now becoming the community Conductor. My journey with abandofbrothers has been one of deep personal growth, supported … Read More

Roberto Atiko


I am 67 years of age and my given first names are Robert Oluwale but I am am mostly addressed as Roberto. I am from a Nigerian/Russian heritage although I do not identify with these cultures since my entire childhood was spent within the English care system during the 1950’s and 60’s. I barely knew my parents and eventually discharged … Read More

Alan Blyth


I have been involved with abandofbrothers since August 2014, when work brought me to Crawley. It was an ideal opportunity to look for voluntary work in my spare time, which had never been quite possible until then. Later life took me to Oxford, until returning to Crawley in 2018: a great opportunity to rediscover friendships with both volunteers, and young … Read More

Jeremy Churchill


I live in Monmouth and work for the Environmnet Agency in pollution control. I’m 54 years old and attended my first Rites of Passage weekend in 2015 where I doscovered, after a lifetime of fear, that there could be a different narrative for my life. I was drawn to being in service and to being part of a community. So … Read More

Chris Thomas


I completed the abandofbrothers rite-of-passage in 2017 and was elected Conductor of ABoB Manchester in December 2019. I have been on a healing journey for most of my adult life, searching for different ways to heal childhood trauma. This journey has taken me from the psychotherapist’s couch, to 12-step meetings and even to living with indigenous tribes in South America. … Read More

Stu Croll


Having heard about abandofbrothers for several years, I decided to get involved in 2018. I was brought up in the East Midlands and got into a fair amount of trouble as a young man, which resulted in me being sent to juvenile detention. I moved to London on my 16th birthday and struggled to find stable housing. I started various … Read More