Citizens Advice announces four new trustees

04 May 2011 News

Jonathan Tross, who stepped down as treasurer on the board of Citizens Advice, has been replaced by former president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Mike Weaver.

Jonathan Tross, who stepped down as treasurer on the board of Citizens Advice, has been replaced by former president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa), Mike Weaver.

Weaver retired last year after 43 years service in local government, most recently as director of financial services for Worcestershire County Council. He has also served as treasurer of West Mercia Police Authority, treasurer of charitable trust Community First, and as president of the Society of County Treasurers.

Three further trustee appointments will help strengthen the board which faces new challenges to the service in a changed consumer landscape, Citizens Advice advised.

Former project director at the Department of Health, Mark Gamsu, joined Weaver in taking his seat on 1 May, replacing  Martin Mosley who stepped down in April. Jonathan Rees, current director general of the Government Equalities Office, and Anne Stephenson, who retired as senior civil servant in the Welsh Assembly Government last year, will take their places on the board in September, replacing David Livesey and Belinda Leathes whose terms come to an end at that time.

Citizens Advice – the umbrella organisation for the country’s 394 bureaux – has had a turbulent start to the year with the closure of the government's Financial Inclusion Fund, a programme of debt advice provision in deprived communities.  This threatened 900 jobs, those these were later saved when new interim funding was announced by the government.

CAB chair John Gladwin said: "The Citizens Advice service has a long and proud track record of supporting people in communities across the country for over 70 years, and the service is needed now more than ever.

"We face big changes in the coming years and need a strong, talented and committed trustee board to guide the service through these. I am delighted to welcome all our new trustees, each one of whom shares out values, understands the challenges we face, and brings a wealth of experience and insight to the role."

Click here to read how Citizens Advice transformed its governance and found its new trustees.

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