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 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 six times each year. The managers advise the board and attend all board and sub committee meetings. In addition one staff/volunteer rep from each bureau office is invited as an observer but expected to contribute in full to the meeting. At each meeting one or two staff or volunteers are invited to make a presentation to the Board to explain their work roles.
There are five sub committees and all have Terms of Reference. These commnittees 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, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance
- Development & Fund raising
- Research & Campaigning
- Senior Management Team
We have six trustees. They are:-
Penny Cuerden is now retired but used to work in financial services and is a trained counsellor. Penny is a member of the Personnel, Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee and also the Finance, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance committee.
Stephen Drake is our legal adviser and is a local solicitor.
Patrick Gorman brings extensive business experience to our board. He is our treasurer and a member of the Finance, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance committee.
Martyn Lewis is chair of the Personnel, Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee and currently works for the Post Office in London in a senior HR role.
Marion Morse M.B.E is our current chair and before retiring worked for more than 37 years in the CAB service. Marion chairs the Development & Fundraising committee and sits on the Personnel, Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee and Finance, Remuneration & Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.
Vera Proudlove is a freelance consultant. She has worked for many years as both an adviser and senior manager for a mental health charity. Vera is a member of the Research & Campaigning Committee.
At least two meetings are held every year of the whole CADAT team; volunteers staff and trustees when we usually receive an update since the previous meeting, look ahead at challenges and work to be done, and where we arrange at least two training workshops.