Cambridge & District Citizens Advice is a registered charity (no. 1056102), a registered company (no. 3191085), authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no. FRN 617537).
We are a member of the national Citizens Advice network.
The activities of the organisation are overseen by a Board of Trustees who also set its overall strategy. The day-to-day running of the organisation is devolved to the Chief Executive.
Our trustees bring a vast range of skills and experience to Cambridge & District Citizens Advice. Their backgrounds incorporate expertise from charity work, academia, business and many other areas.
Nigel Brown OBE (Chairman)
Nigel has played a key role in Cambridge business for over 30 years. He was founder and Chairman of investment management company The NW Brown Group from 1974 to 2007. His many interests include The Stradivari Trust, Magpas and Saffron Hall concert venue. Nigel was awarded the individual Queen’s Award for Enterprise Support in 2007 and the OBE in 2008. He has also been awarded the Cambridge News Medlmmune Award for Outstanding Contribution.Nigel has an Honorary doctorate from ARU where he is also Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors and is an Honorary fellow of Hughes Hall.
Bill Humphrey (Vice Chair)
- After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Bill worked for the Commonwealth Office and the World Bank.
- He worked as one of our General Advisers for 12 years before becoming a Trustee in 2010.
Dr George Reid (Vice Chair)
He was originally nominated as a Trustee by the University of Cambridge and has served since February 2003. He was formerly a University Lecturer in Mathematics and Senior Bursar of St John’s College. He is a Governor on the Board of Anglia Ruskin University.
Ashleigh Bridges – Hon Treasurer
- Gained an MSci in Materials Science & Metallurgy at Trinity College, Cambridge. Currently he is the Principal Content Developer Designing and implements updates for the online game, RuneScape.
- He was the volunteer Assistant Treasurer for Cambridge University Catholic Association until joining us. He also acts as an independent examiner for accounts of the Jean Grove Trust
Jane Belman (Chair of Personnel Committee and Research and Campaign Committee)
- Jane has worked as Scrutiny and Improvement Officer at Cambridgeshire County Council.
- She has worked on health and social policy issues for a range of local and national voluntary organisations.
- David is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where from 1974 to 1991 he taught economics and was the Bursar from 1983 to 1991.
- In 1975 he was appointed to lecture on economics in the Engineering Department as part of their Management Studies Group, out of which grew the Judge Institute of Management Studies. During this period he spent a sabbatical year as Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in their Department of Economics.
- He was appointed Secretary-General of LERU at the Rectors' Assembly held in Leuven Belgium in 2005 and served for 3 years.
- He served as Chairman of Cambridge CAB for 6 years and is currently Chair of Trustees for the Cambridge City Foodbank.
Caroline is principal of CLE Consulting & Training, based in Cambridge. She is an experienced counsellor, coach, and therapist and a successful businesswoman. She has had a committed interest in Cambridge CAB for a long time and she volunteers as a receptionist on Monday mornings.
- Keith is a Chartered Civil Engineer focusing on the protection of the environment.
- He has worked for Cambridgeshire County Council and the Environment Agency.
- Geoff has worked extensively in food manufacturing and distribution.
- He was MD of the Rhodesian Food Corporation and General Foods in South Africa. He moved to UK in 1980 to start his own Food Distribution company –The Foodfinders - and worked there until retirement in 2002.
Dr Mia Gray
- University Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Girton College - Labour, economic and urban geography – specialising in the politics of austerity. She gained her Masters from University of California at Berkeley and her PhD from Rutgers University. She is nominated from the University of Cambridge.
Is nominated by Tees Law where she is a solicitor specialising in medical negligence. She joined the Medical Negligence team as a qualified solicitor on 1 September 2017 and joined our Board in 2018
Sarah Wells (Company Secretary)
- Sarah has over twenty years experience working in the charity sector. Following an earlier career running cultural venues in London and Glasgow, she then specialised in charity finance, advising trustee boards and senior management on budgeting and financial reporting.
- She is a former trustee of Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau, she is also a director and company secretary of several other charities in Cambridge.
Our Board also has non-voting members who represent various interests. Currently they are:
- Ali Dick – Staff representative
- Richard Curtis - Staff representative
- Richard Young – Volunteer representative
- Caitriona Bearryman - Volunteer representative
- Jackie Hanson – Cambridge City Council representative
- Councillor Linda Jones – Cambridgeshire County Council representative
- Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson – South Cambridgeshire District Council
- Debbie Preston – national Citizens Advice Relationship manager
- Lady Cass
- Lady Chadwyck - Healey
- Dr Pamela Raspe
- Cazzy Walshe