About Our Trustees

Citizens Advice Exeter is an independent charity. We rely on volunteers, including our board of trustees.

Trustees play an essential role in ensuring that the charity runs smoothly. Trustees make sure that:

  • The advice services we offer are high quality
  • Our clients’ experiences are used to campaign for changes in policies or services locally and nationally
  • Resources are secured to meet current and new demands and that all funds are used responsibly, and
  • Recruitment and selection for staff and volunteers are fair and we are representative of the local community
  • Training and support are available for staff and volunteers
  • Local partner organisations and funders are aware of the charity and its services

To find out more about the Citizens Advice Exeter trustees, follow the links below.

Richard Foxwell

Board member
Became a trustee in: 2015

I believe from personal knowledge and family experience that Citizens Advice as an institution has an increasingly important role to play in society and I look forward to making a worthwhile contribution to the organisation in Exeter.

Read more: Richard Foxwell

Peggy Crossman

Became a trustee in: 2016

Donna Hart

Became a trustee in: 2015

I hope to be able to support Citizens Advice and the worthwhile work they do within the community and I very much look forward to providing help and support to the people of Exeter.

Read more: Donna Hart

Mike Maguire

Board member, chair of Operations and Policy Committee
Became a trustee in: 1985

Citizne Advice Exeter is a super team of volunteers backed up by specialist advisers. Together, they are capable of tackling the widest range of complex issues faced by individuals living and working in Exeter.

Read more: Mike Maguire

Dennis Mardon

Chairman
Became a trustee in: 2004

The satisfaction in being a trustee of Citizens Advice Exeter is the knowledge that you are involved in making a real difference to so many individuals and families. This is possible due to the incredible commitment of everyone involved with the charity: trustees, paid staff and volunteers. I have never known or worked in an organisation where everyone has such a united passion for success.

Read more: Dennis Mardon

Lesley Pattison

Board member, chair of Resources Committee
Became a trustee in: 2005

Citizens Advice Exeter is of immense value to the people it serves and is essential in a society which can be complex and confusing to many of its citizens.

Read more: Lesley Pattison

Derek Phillips

Board member
Became a trustee in: 2007

 

Stephen Salter

Board member and volunteer adviser
Became a trustee in: 2008

As well as being a trustee, I am a volunteer at Citizens Advice Exeter. The best part about volunteering is getting a ‘Thank you’ from a client whom you have advised. Their issue may not have gone away, but the client knows they have a CAB advisor working alongside them.

Read more: Stephen Salter

Keith Steer

Board member, specialising in financial advice
Became a trustee in: 1997

Without Citizens Advice, many more people would find themselves in extremely serious situations with no one to offer practical, constructive and caring advice.

Read more: Keith Steer

Dave West

Board member
Became a trustee in: 1986

The best thing about Citizens Advice is that it’s open to everyone – whatever the problem. The CAB is a fantastic and essential service.

Read more: Dave West

Anna Coltman

Board member
Became a trustee in: 2017

I became a trustee because I recognise the valuable support provided by Citizens Advice Exeter and I want to ensure the charity can grow and continue to respond effectively to the needs of local people.

Read more: Anna Coltman

Gordon Richardson

Board member
Became a trustee in: 2017

I’m looking forward to helping to raise awareness of this vital work and ensuring the charity continues to thrive.

Read more: Gordon Richardson