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Our Trustees

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 office. 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 office.  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 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 two sub committees and with 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:-

  • People Committee
  • Finance & Risk and Fundraising Committee
  • We then meet quarterly at Board.

Our Trustees

Jill Wade (Chair of Trustees) is a management consultant with 35 years’ experience of working with firms to diagnose and resolve issues and deliver healthy organisational change. Areas of specialism include treating customers fairly, vulnerable customer, people strategy, learning and development, diversity and inclusion. Most recently she has been providing advice to organisations and boards on conduct and culture.

Debbie Gaze

Sally Beevor

Peter Norman

Chris Sargisson

If you would like to become involved as a trustee contact

The value of being a Trustee

‘In our tumultuous world there are times when we feel overwhelmed with the enormity and scale of the problems and issues surrounding us. This helplessness isn’t a comfortable feeling but when you find something as rewarding a being a trustee of a magnificent charity (like Citizens Advice) it means you are able to do your bit and make a difference. I’m inspired by how much good we do and couple this with the skills, energy and passion of our staff and volunteers it makes being a Trustee a very good thing to be part of. Why not have a chat with one of us and find out more.’ Jill Wade
Most of us want to make a difference to our communities. Being a trustee with your local Citizens Advice is one way to achieve this . It will give you the opportunity to change the lives of countless people by supporting and guiding the people working in the Citizens Advice Service. As well as helping people solve their problems you will enable them to move forward and better manage their lives. ‘ Marion Morse MBE