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.
I currently work for the South West Academic Health Science Network, based in Exeter. Prior to this I worked in local government for 10 years, providing research and policy advice at Nottingham City Council and for the Association of Directors of Economy, Environment, Planning and Transport.
I have worked closely with the voluntary and advice sector to monitor the impacts of Welfare Reform and Localisation policies. I know that advocacy and advice services play a hugely important role in influencing and developing policy at local and national levels. I look forward to working with all the volunteers at Citizens Advice Exeter and supporting the charity and its services.
Outside of work my interests include cycling and cycle touring, yin yoga, running, learning Greek and exploring the South West of England. In 2014, I cycled solo from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for Ashmount Primary School; a school for children with special educational needs. I have also recently become a volunteer for the Wave Project, which helps young people to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing.