Geoff has recently joined our Board of Trustees as Chair. Geoff retired at the end of 2018 after a long career in the Maritime Industry, the last 15 years of which as CEO of a major Inter-European seaborne logistics company.
In Geoff’s retirement he wanted to be involved in welfare in the local community and decided this would best be pursued through the local charity Citizens Advice.
Geoff’s main focus is on fundraising to support the ongoing operations and expansion of the CA Bracknell & Districts invaluable work for clients.
Alan became a Trustee in 2016 and is responsible for ensuring that all financial affairs are in good order and advising the Board on long-term financial planning.
Alan chairs the Finance & Operational Committee and is a qualified accountant. He retired recently with over 40 years experience of working in local government, most recently as Borough Treasurer for Bracknell Forest Council.
Neil was elected as Vice Chair in 2018 and has been a Trustee since 2009, including 6 years as Treasurer. He is a qualified accountant with more than 30 years experience of operational management, including as Business Director at British Gas and as Director of Consumer Services at Energywatch. Currently he represents ANEC, a European consumer body, on smart metering issues and is involved with BSI in developing British and International Standards relating to customer services. Neil wants to use his Board level experience of governance and strategy to help Citizens Advice continue to deliver an efficient and high quality service to clients.
Sheila has been a Trustee since 2009 and is responsible for advising the Trustee Board and CEO on HR issues and strategy.
Sheila is a senior HR professional and Chartered CIPD member with over 30 years experience across sectors including the NHS, aviation, energy, car rental and telecoms. Much of Sheila’s career has been with BAA and Centrica and she now specialises in delivering organisational change projects as an interim consultant.
Why do I volunteer?
It’s great to be part of a service that provides an essential lifeline for so many vulnerable people locally, as well as raising issues at a national level. Most people
don’t know we are a charity, and funding is just one of the challenges we have to deal with as a Trustee Board – it gives a very different perspective to my normal day job!
Colin Gallick has more than 30 years’ sales, marketing and general management experience within the software industry. Colin was a founder and main board director of three enterprise software companies, each of which enjoyed successful exits, including an IPO. He currently serves on the boards of several technology companies in the UK and US. A resident of London, he has lived and worked extensively in the US – in Atlanta, San Francisco & New York, and has built businesses in Europe, the US and Austral-Asia.
When Richard retired British Airways he decided to give a little back to others less fortunate. Richard has a broad experience having served as a magistrate, a school governor, a trustee with a local Age UK, and for 10 years as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board in a prison. Richard was appointed as a trustee at Bracknell two years ago and is a member of both the Finance and Operations Committees.
Why I volunteer?
In Richard’s various charity roles he has met so many people who have been left behind for reasons often outside of their control. Having previous worked as a volunteer for CAB Richard knew the extent of the work they did and the difference it can make to the individual who often has nowhere else to turn. It’s a charity he believes in.
Kate has a background in criminal law and has worked with many clients over the years whom she has had to refer to the Citizens Advice for help with various issues. Kate understands just what a valuable resource we are, and decided to become a trustee to help our service continue to thrive well into the future. Kate is working with the fundraising team to help raise our charitable profile and secure funding.
Tina is responsible for the strategic direction of the service, working alongside the Trustee Board and the Service Manager.
Her main duties include: