The composition of the board is varied and brings together a group of people with different skill sets to further the delivery of the charities aims. The board meets 5 times a year and some of our Trustee’s regularly visit the organisation on a weekly basis.
Jennifer Shipman – Chair of Trustee’s
Jennifer Shipman joined CAB in July 2012. Previously Jenny worked in the NHS and was a magistrate in Bedford for 25 years, progressing to Bench Chairman for three.
Jenny has been a board member of the Friends of Bedford Hospital and still Bedfordshire Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Jenny became Chair of Citizens Advice Bedford in 2013, leading the board of trustees and is responsible for the strategic plans, their implementation and holding the Chief Executive to account.In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for the Bedford Country Market, tending to her allotment, dogs and home in Bedford.
Sally joined Citizens Advice Bedford as a trustee in 2012, having always admired their work and the support and help provided to local people during difficult times. She particularly enjoys being involved with setting policy and strategic direction and fits this around travelling with work and the demands of family life. Sally works in international development, specialising in working with and for a number of international and national organisations, spanning the education, health and natural resource sectors. She has been on the board of a number of charities, both within the UK and overseas, and now works as a freelance consultant specialising in institutional and organisational development. Her most recent consultancy work has been with the United Nations in Bangladesh and Sally is also a Lecturer with the Open University for the Masters in Development Management programme
A Retired District Judge currently sitting as a Deputy. Peter Gill has been a Trustee since 2010 and enjoys contributing, however modestly, with like minded people, to a Charity which gives free advice and assistance, often desperately needed, to people who would otherwise suffer injustice, and which campaigns on their behalf. Peters hobbies (passions may be a bit strong!) are playing golf and chess, not particularly well, and supporting Bedford Blues Rugby Club.
Alex MacDermott started his career as a generalist adviser in Weymouth CAB. He later progressed to take on a full time specialist debt adviser post at Greenwich CAB before joining Citizen Advice as their first ever Creditor Liaison Policy Officer in 2008. In this role at Citizens Advice Alex published reports on self-help debt and debt practice in debt collection which established the CASHflow process and the Addressing Financial Difficulties best practice working party (AFD).
Alex joined Nationwide Building Society in 2012 as their first ever Money Advice Liaison Manger where he had responsibility for managing the societies relationships with commercial and not-for-profit debt advice providers and acting as an “independent conscience” of the society’s collections and recoveries operations. During this time Alex also worked closely with the credit services association acting as their special adviser on money advice issues.
Alex’s latest job change saw him join the Financial Conduct Authority in the Dec 2014. Here Alex is the Technical Specialist (Debt) in the debt department of the Credit Authorisation Division, providing technical assistance to case officers assessing applications from consumer credit firms