Catherine Florin

Clinical Trustee

Catherine worked for many years as a lawyer specialising in criminal defense, health regulatory law including at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and mental health law/advocacy. She now volunteers at a legal advice clinic supporting people who lack representation due to cuts in legal aid.

Her interest in mental health stems from her professional experience. “You can’t work in criminal practice and not come across mental health issues,” says Catherine.

What appealed to you about working with Brandon Centre?

“I’m a mother of five children and very much aware of the challenges facing young people today. The services provided by Brandon Centre are such an important part of the support network for young people in the area,” says Catherine.

Catherine spent much of her youth in and around Kentish Town and has been familiar with Brandon Centre’s work.

“I’ve always been impressed by Brandon Centre’s distinct identity and its impactful presence in the community,” she says, “I’m keen to give something back to that community and to maintain a connection with my roots.”

What are you looking forward to in your role as Trustee?

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the organisation better and to collaborating with the team as well as contributing my expertise where I can. It’s also an exciting opportunity to help bridge generational gaps within communities.”

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?

Catherine is known for her friendly and approachable nature. “I’m always available for a chat!” she says. When she’s not working or volunteering Catherine can be found at the pool (indoor only!) and swims every day.