Tier Blundell

James Wong

Tier was born on a council estate in Northampton to a Pakistani father and an English mother. After experiencing a turbulent home life and racism in his school and community, Tier was permanently excluded from school at the age of eleven. He then spent four years in a pupil referral unit before leaving at the age of sixteen with no … 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

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

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

Nathan Roberts


Nathan did a Business Studies degree at the University of Northumbria and expected to work in IT. However, he was inspired instead by his placement at the Department of Social Services in the finance department, and later at Raleigh International where he found himself supervising a building project in Ghana with a group of disenfranchised young people (a mixture from … Read More