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Meet the CAB Team -Trustees

The overall leadership and governance of Citizens Advice Wakefield District is the responsibility of our Trustees who form the District Trustee Board (DTB). The DTB is made up of volunteers from all walks of life including experienced leaders from the charity sector, business, health services and local government.

If you would like to apply to become a Trustee please contact our Training Officer, Sarah Mitchell email:

Or fill in our volunteer application form Volunteering

The District Trustee Board typically meets once every two months for a full board meeting, but in between various sub-committees work on issues such as finance, health & safety and HR.

Nigel Brook profile photo Nigel Brook

Role: Chair

Nigel was born in Castleford and lived in Knottingley and Pontefract while growing up. Having moved around... Read more

Rob Smitten profile photo Rob Smitten

Role: Vice Chair

I have lived in the Wakefield District for over 30 years and raised my family here. My career has... Read more

Sandra Chesledine profile photo Sandra Chesledine

Role: Treasurer

I am a Geordie from Newcastle upon Tyne but have lived all over the country due to my career with... Read more

Larry Warriner profile photo Larry Warriner

Role: Trustee


Cllr Sam Harvey profile photo Cllr Sam Harvey

Role: Trustee

Sam Harvey was appointed as a Trustee for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in 2018, following her election... Read more

Callum Whittaker profile photo Callum Whittaker

Role: Trustee

Callum is the Head of Priority Projects team at the Ministry of Justice. Prior to this, Callum’s... Read more

Lewis Smith-Connell profile photo Lewis Smith-Connell

Role: Trustee

Lewis has worked in public service for all of his career. Early work centred on supporting people with... Read more

Meet the CAB Team - Management

The District Trustee Board (DTB) delegate the management responsibility and tasks of the day to running of the organisation to a group of senior staff who form the Management Team (MT). The MT is led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who reports to the District Trustee Board.

Simon Topham profile photo Simon Topham

Role: Chief Executive Officer

Simon has previously worked at JPMorgan and for 25 years co-owned and as MD and CEO, ran... Read more

Mandy Larder profile photo Mandy Larder

Role: Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mandy joined Citizens Advice Wakefield District in June 1995 as a volunteer.... Read more

Pete Hudson profile photo Pete Hudson

Role: Training and Outreach Manager

Pete joined Citizens Advice Wakefield District in the summer of 1997 as a... Read more

Bryn Hirst profile photo Bryn Hirst

Role: Service & Benefits  Manager

I began my journey at Wakefield Citizens Advice in June 1995, as a volunteer... Read more

Michelle Cowper profile photo Michelle Cowper

Role: Service Manager

Michelle joined as a volunteer in 2008 whilst also working as an International Marketing... Read more

Diane Knee profile photo Diane Knee

Role: Finance Manager

I have worked for Citizens Advice since November 2003 and am currently responsible for... Read more

Elaine Tomkins profile photo Elaine Tomkins

Role: Office Manager

Elaine started at Wakefield Citizens Advice in March 1989 in paid employment as an Admin... Read more

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