OUR TEAM

Project Team

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Victoria Anderson

CEO

Passionate about improving social mobility in the legal profession, Victoria sets the strategic direction of the charity to ensure the maximum impact on the students it works with. Outside of BVL, Victoria is solicitor at Schillings International LLP, specialising in privacy law and reputation management. 

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Asma Abbarova

Vice Chair

Asma has completed her LPC at BPP University and is currently involved in legal research. She obtained her LLB from the University of Kent in 2015 and her LLM in Media Law at Queen Mary, University of London in 2016.  As Vice Chair, she hopes to motivate the students and help them realise their potential in their pursuit of a career in Law.

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Adrianna Wit

 

Board Member

Adrianna began her training contract in 2021. Having moved to the UK to pursue her legal studies she has faced challenges, exposure to which has developed her passion for improving social mobility. Now as a professional working in law, she is committed to helping and motivating young people to pursue a legal career in her capacity as Senior Coordinator at BVL.

Management Board

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Steven Barrett

Co Chair

Steven read law at Oxford and taught law at Cambridge. He is now a Barrister at Radcliffe Chambers. Steven has a passion for improving diversity in the legal profession and alongside his work with BVL, he also mentors students at Gray's Inn and the Social Mobility Foundation.

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Daveena Ogene

Co Chair

Daveena is the Head of Case Management at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Prior to this, she was a Senior Social Services lawyer. Daveena is passionate about improving opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds and firmly supports BVL's commitment to engage young people in the legal and democratic process.

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Benedict Jennings

Treasurer

Benedict joined the BVL management board in June 2020. Outside of BVL, Benedict is a Trust Manager at Payne Hicks Beach.

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Sophie Tenn

Secretary

As a Board Member and previous Senior Coordinator, Sophie provides guidance to the Board on developing the charity and ensuring the best possible experience for the students. Alongside her work with BVL, Sophie is a solicitor specialising in Finance at US firm, Fried Frank. 

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Felix Schulte-Strathaus

Technology Officer and Board Member

Felix is a trainee solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland. He joined the BVL management board in June 2020, after many years volunteering with the charity.

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Vivian Matthews

Board Member

A former BVL student, Vivian studied History, English literature and French at Ursuline High School, winning the 2017 school prize for Academic Excellence. In September 2018, Vivian began her law degree at the University of Cambridge. 

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Chaya Gupta

Board Member

Chaya is a solicitor specialising in Banking and Finance in Clyde & Co's Dubai office. Alongside her work as a solicitor, Chaya is keen to give back to the industry in as a board member for BVL. Born in India, she grew up in Dubai before moving to London. Having completed her LLB at Queen Mary, University of London, she pursued an LLM in International Business Law at LSE. 

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Nim Njuguna

Board Member

Alongside his work with BVL, Nim is the Chair and Founder of Nakuru Environmental and Cultural Trust (NECT) a charity working to promote heritage awareness among Kenyan youth in Diaspora and supporting A Field Study Centre in Kenya working with subsistence farmers towards food security. Nim is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment and positive youth identity as global citizens and the is a good platform BVL for these kinds of dialogue.