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About Us

Trustees and Directors of Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford & District (CADAT)

We are a charity and company limited by guarantee and as such are required to have a Trustee Board which deals with the governance of the bureau.  It is important we select Trustees who have a broad range of skills which complement each other and that the Board works together as a team with staff and volunteers working in the Bureau.  It is also vital that they uphold the principles of Citizens We are a charity and company limited by guarantee and as such are required to have a Trustee Advice which are to provide a high quality, impartial and confidential service to those living in the community they serve and challenge any social injustices of which they become aware.

Board meetings are held at least four times each year.  The Chief Officer advises the board and attends all board and committee meetings. At meetings one or two staff or volunteers may be invited to make a presentation to the Board to explain their work roles.

There are four sub committees and all have Terms of Reference.  These committees meet before a Trustee Board meeting when they report on their recent work and share their plans for the future. These committees are:-

  • Personnel, Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Finance, Fundraising, Development, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance
  • Research & Campaigning
  • Staff Team

We have six trustees. They are:-

Stephen Drake is our legal adviser and is a local solicitor.

Patrick Gorman brings extensive business experience to our board.  He is a member of the Finance, Fundraising, Development, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance committee.

Martyn Lewis has worked in HR for 15 years and has worked for the Post Office, as Lead for People Transformation.  He has recently been appointed Head of HR for High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd.

Marion Morse M.B.E is our current chair.  She has been involved with the CAB service for more than 40 years. She is also a hospital manager for the Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust and Hertfordshire Mental Health Trust

Marion Chapman-Allen moved to North Norfolk in 1985 and then to Thetford in 1987 to run a number of businesses.  In 1998 she volunteered with Thetford CAB three days per week and in 2001 was appointed as an Advice Session Supervisor.

Between 2003 and 2011 she was District Councillor and Town Cllr for Saxon Ward, Thetford, and in between 2003 and 2013 was County Councillor for Thetford East.  Between 2011 and 2015 Marion was District Cllr for Harling & Heathlands, and since 2015  District Cllr for Guiltcross.

Christine Liggett is a business advisor and mentor. She has over 30 years’ experience in marketing and strategic planning and currently volunteers as a mentor at the University of East Anglia Business School. She was a Diss town councillor from 2015 to 2019.

The whole CADAT team try to meet together at least once a year, to update ourselves on the Bureau’s progress and keep our training up to date.