Our people

Wiltshire Citizens Advice employs around 50 people and has the support of over 120 volunteers. More than 15,000 people a year come to us for help and advice.
 
Our trustees, supporters, funders and partners are also essential to the success of our work.
 

Meet our Trustees

Our board of trustees is collectively responsible for the governance of the bureau and guides the direction and strategic management of Wiltshire Citizens Advice.
 
 

Keith Johnston, Chair of Trustees

Keith Johnston

Keith lives near Trowbridge and became a Trustee of the newly formed Wiltshire Citizens Advice in 2010, Vice Chair in November 2012 and Chair in April 2015, His term of office as Chair runs through until November 2018. Prior to appointment as Chair of Trustees, Keith chaired the People Management and then the Service Delivery Committees of the Board. 

With a background in the NHS, Keith has extensive management experience of the provision of health and social care services and has served on the Board of a number of public sector organisations. He established a social enterprise working in the field of work and health in 2012 and is now Executive Chairman of that organisation. 

Keith is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, has an MBA in Health Strategy and Management from the University of Keele and holds a Diploma in Coaching.
 

 

Nigel Clarke, Company Secretary

Clarke 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

 

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Andy joined the Trustee Board in 2015 and is Chair of the People Management Committee. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of People & Development he is currently Head of Human Resources for Radioactive Waste Management, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and previously worked in a variety of HR roles for the UK Research Councils.  Prior to this he spent 20 years as an Officer in the Royal Navy in a range of management roles including operations in Nuclear Submarines and active service during the First Gulf War.  A Bath Rugby Club season ticket holder he is a keen follower of National Hunt horseracing and an avid Private Pilot with a group share in a 1970's Piper Cherokee light aircraft. 


 

Stephen Harris, Trustee

Harris StephenStephen 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. 

 

Sharon Larkin, Trustee

sharon larkinSharon was appointed as a Trustee Board Member in 2016.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in the area of Human Resources for more than 25 years in the public, not for profit and private sectors.  She is currently a member of the People Management Committee. 


In 2011 she joined apetito Ltd, the leading food producer for the health and social care sector, where she is currently Head of Human Resources.  Prior to this she worked for local government in Wiltshire, holding a variety of roles including Corporate Director with responsibility for Human Resources, Customer Services and Housing. 

 

Anna Symonds, Trustee

Anna Symonds web cropped sAnna Symonds has a background in customer service, specialising in customers in vulnerable circumstances and operations management. Anna currently works as a Social Policy Manager for Wessex Water and is responsible for helping increase the awareness and support for customers in vulnerable circumstances across Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. Anna previously worked in the company’s control room as the Control Room Assistant Manager, where she was responsible for 3 teams that worked shifts covering 24/7. Anna also volunteered with Avon and Somerset Police as a special constable for five years and has a BA Hons degree in Philosophy. Anna also volunteers as a communications rep for WaterAid. 

  

 


Martyn Allez, Trustee

Martyn lives near Salisbury and joined the Trustee Board in 2017. He is a member of the Service Delivery, Finance and Physical Resources Committees.Allez 2017

Prior to (early) retirement in 2016 Martyn worked for a number of international companies specialising in delivery of large-scale business transformation programmes and enterprise IT systems. He has worked mainly in banking and financial services but also spent four "very interesting" years managing transformation and change programmes for a UK Government department. Martyn has special interest in the cultural aspects of organisational change and why change programmes go wrong.

Martyn has an Honours Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Open University and is currently working on a Masters in Finance "for fun". He is also a Trustee of a charity based in Salisbury and hopes to become a Magistrate. 

  

 

We have also been joined by Mike Foster, Fiona Johnson and Louise Simpson.

 

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