There are currently 10 Trustees which make up the High Wycombe Citizens Advice board with skills ranging from HR and IT to Data Protection and Strategy – these join the team of 69 volunteers who together contribute the equivalent of £242,835 worth of paid work per annum to the charity.
Our Trustees are focused on good governance and support us to run in a way that ultimately shapes the delivery of what we do. Their guidance and support is the back-bone to the work we do which makes an enormous difference to the lives of local people
I am a retired lawyer, having worked mostly for companies in the technology sector. My years in the industry showed me how quickly environments change, and I have been fortunate to work on a wide variety of legal matters at both UK and international levels. In addition to being a trustee, I also act as company secretary of High Wycombe CA and take care of the administrative affairs of the board.
After qualifying as an accountant, I pursued a career in computer systems and information technology. I have a wide experience in specification and development of computer software, as well as in implementation and support.
I spent the latter half of my career in information security, and am familiar with government and industry security standards.
My career has focussed on strategy and finance and these are the skills that I bring as a trustee and Chair of the Strategy Sub Committee. However, I am also a mother of four and recognise that life is a perpetual balancing act. Continuing to provide this vital safety net in the form of High Wycombe Citizen's Advice requires us to evolve, innovate and look for new opportunities. These are the areas in which I am most involved.
After 20 years working for a major computer manufacturer, including roles as Marketing Manager for Europe and Director of East and SE Europe Region, I set up with a colleague, and ran successfully for many years, a Marketing and Sales Management Consultancy mainly supporting IT and professional services companies. Latterly I have worked as an Interim Manager focused on Business Planning and Business Development in the NHS and Education sectors. Now retired, I am a Trustee of Carers Trust Thames as well as High Wycombe Citizens Advice.
I am retired from a career as a lawyer which has enabled me to work in shipping, agriculture, government and utility and health regulation. I have been concerned over several years at the implications for vulnerable and disadvantaged people of reductions in funding for welfare services and legal aid. With these cuts, the role of High Wycombe & District Citizens Advice is as important as ever and I hope, as Chair of its Trustees, to enable its volunteers and staff to continue their valuable work helping people in our area.
I currently work as an HR Business Partner and have worked across a variety of industries during my career. My HR experience spans organisational design and development, remuneration, pensions and benefits and training. As an individual I am passionate about Inclusion and Diversity and hope to be able to support Citizens Advice to continue to provide a valuable service to all members of the local community. In my spare time I enjoy reading books on Iranian, Israeli and Russian history with the hopes I can continue to expand my knowledge of different countries and cultures.
I am a business analyst and have worked across various industries. My role has allowed me to undertake extremely varied work, whether this be designing and implementing a new operating model for a global transformation programme or making content changes to a Japanese website. I love problem-solving and my role enables me to live this day in, day out.
My parents used the High Wycombe Citizens Advice service several times during my childhood and greatly benefited from it, so I have always had a soft spot for the charity. I recognise how vital the Citizen Advice service is for communities such as Wycombe and want to help ensure that it remains to be so in these increasingly challenging times.
My background is in the computer industry, initially working in systems development for BT, British Gas and LEX. I went on to establish my own company and have subsequently grown a number of successful technology companies.
Over the past twelve years I have been both a trustee and chairperson of Citizens Advice High Wycombe and Bucks CAB consortium. In my role as a trustee at Citizens Advice High Wycombe, I am a member of the Finance Sub Committee. I am also Chair of Trustees at The Freemantle Trust, which provides care services across Bucks, the Chair of a pension trustee board. I fully support the Citizens Advice ambition to help people to find their way forward and am keen to help Citizens Advice High Wycombe to continue to develop its services.