Avis is a Trustee on the Board of the Centre for Self Managed Learning Charity since 2015. She became interested in Self Managed Learning as a well-researched and effective method, when her home-educated daughter attended SML College from 2008-2011 before moving on to higher education and who is now currently studying music at Leeds College of Music.
During her daughter’s time at the College, Avis was a regular volunteer and acted as a parent representative on the governing body. Before becoming a home-educating parent, Avis studied law at the London School of Economics moving on to teach law at Middlesex University. She returned to college in her daughter’s teen years to study horticulture and now works for a local environmental charity and as a freelance gardener.