Meet our Trustees
Keith Johnston, Chair of Trustees
Keith is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and he has spent his career in the NHS in a range of specialist Human Resources and Organisation Development roles, including Board Directorships. He is now the Managing Director of a Social Enterprise established in 2012 to help employers improve the health at work of their workforces.
Fred is an experienced businessman, having recently retired as CEO of a £15m a year manufacturing business with sites in the UK and Michigan in the US. He is still a non-executive director. Before then, he spent 17 years running a Dutch subsidiary of a UK Group. His post-graduate studies were in Marketing and Finance. Fred has been involved with CAB for nearly 15 years and for 5 years he was Chair of Kennet CAB. He is also treasurer of the Rural Issues Group, which works with Citizens Advice nationally in the interests of some 165 rural bureaux.
Nigel Clarke, Company Secretary
Nigel Clarke, Company Secretary, is a retired civil servant with over 40 years’ experience in science and technology. Starting his career in materials science at AWRE Aldermaston, he moved on to computing where he gained a wide range of skills spanning systems support, design and engineering. His career included a three-year spell in internal audit, where he was responsible for auditing the management and integrity of major IT installations, after which he became project manager for a number of significant IT projects focussed on integrated business support applications. His project management experience culminated in delivering specialist medical IT systems in the UK and overseas.
Andy Perry, Chair of the People Management Committee
Andy Perry, a recently appointed Trustee Board Member and Chair of the People Management Committee is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has worked in Biological Sciences Research for the past 10 years, currently as an Associate Director in a Human Resources role. Prior to this he spent 20 years as an Officer in the Royal Navy in a range of management and logistics roles, including active service during the first Gulf War and operational patrols in Nuclear Submarines. A lifetime supporter of Bath Rugby Club he holds a Private Pilot's Licence and is an active member of a Group Share 1970's Piper Cherokee light aircraft.
Rebekah Cresswell-Jeal, Trustee
Rebekah Cresswell-Jeal has worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Which Consumer Group and now works for St James Place Wealth Management. She works in the compliance sector and is currently working towards her diploma for financial planning with the CII. She has also previously worked for Local Authorities in the Housing and Council Tax benefit offices.
Sim Ilyas, Trustee
Asim Ilyas has a background in money advice services. Sim currently is employed as Client Services and Digital Manager at Aperture IVA (formally Grant Thornton IVA), managing specialist insolvency advice services for indebted personal clients across the South West. He also provides consultancy services. Much of his consultative work has focused on transition, diversifying advice channels and third sector policy. He also works with organisations to design and optimise social media output, create coordinated strategies online and maximise impact through technology. He has previously worked as a Money Advice specialist caseworker and a project manager for a money advice service. He has a BSc degree in Law and Psychology.
Stephen Harris, Trustee
Stephen Harris has a background in advice and information and community engagement. Steve currently works for Wiltshire Council as a Community Engagement Manager and is responsible for the delivery of the Council’s community governance and engagement services in South West Wiltshire, including facilitation of the Council’s commitment to build more resilient local communities (enabling them to do more for themselves) and delivering a new Health & Wellbeing Centre in Tisbury. He supports South West Wiltshire Area Board, including direct support for elected representatives and its Health & Wellbeing Centre board of volunteers. He has previously worked as a Housing Options Manager, managed a secondary school advice & guidance outreach service and been an advocacy worker for vulnerable young people. He has a BA Hons degree in Politics and PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
We have also been joined recently by Sharon Larkin, Mike Foster and Fiona Johnson.