Meet the Trustees
Liz Fothergill (Chair) spent 23 years with Citizens Advice Taunton both as a volunteer and as a staff member as Deputy Manager and finally Chief Officer, the latter for 11 years before retiring in May 2016. During this time she saw the paid staff team rise from 3 to 28 and the number of volunteers total over 100. Liz ran various projects including Macmillan, Legal Aid Scheme, Pensionwise and Financial Inclusion to mention but a few. During this time Liz worked closely with the board of trustees to improve and develop the organisation including a move to newer and larger premises.
Liz has been a Trustee for Taunton Association for the Homeless for 8 years and since retiring has also become a Trustee for Taunton Heritage Trust, a very old alms house charity that also awards charitable grants to those in need.
Liz has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2016 (elected 2016) and Chair since December 2018.
Dr Susan O'Connor is a Consultant Psychiatrist with over 40 years working with the NHS. She is now partially retired but continues to work as an adult Psychiatrist in Somerset. She works as a medical chair of Fitness to Practice Panels and a Medical Panelist in the Social Entitlement Chamber – sitting on employment and disability appeals. She does voluntary work in prison and is an independent reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and special Advisor for the Care Quality Commission. She has worked with a voluntary organisation in London on Female Genital Mutilation.
In her 40 year career with the NHS she has worked mainly in Bristol with responsibilities for Community and inpatient psychiatry and worked in a range of specialist services including Old Age, Inner City and refugee issues, eating disorders and prison psychiatry.
Susan worked as senior clinical advisor in the Department for Health from 2008-11 clinically leading the development of several key mental health policies for England including No Health without Mental Health, a cross government mental health outcome strategy.
Susan has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2011 (re-elected 2016) and was Chair from 2014-2018.
Dr Simon Britton is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist who has spent 16 years working in North Somerset for the Weston Area Health Trust taking on roles of Clinical Director and acting Medical Director. Simon spent a further 10 years working in Bristol as Associate Medical Director of Adult Mental Health services. Simon’s work also included Medical Advisor to the Hospital Advisory Service and CHI.
Since retiring Simon has worked as a medical member for the Social Entitlement Courts and run a small project for recovering addicts gaining experience through sailing.
Simon has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2013 (re-elected 2016).
John Peake is Director of the Law Clinic, University of Bristol Law School as well as sitting as a First Tier Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber. Before moving to the University in the summer of 2014, John was one of the founding members of South West Law, a firm committed to social welfare legal work in the face of various repeated efforts to reduce the scope and funding of legal aid. John remains a director of South West Law. John is an experienced Welfare Rights Lawyer, having represented people before Tribunals across the whole range of welfare rights benefits.
John has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2014 (re-elected 2017).
Brian Dudley has a wealth of management experience within the charity and private sectors. His background is financial, but he has been able to show his business development skills over the past 10 years within a local charity dealing with substance abuse. Brian thrives on a good challenge and has made a marked positive financial difference even in the most difficult trading conditions. Brian has personally raised thousands of pounds by undertaking crazy endurance challenges for charity. He is approachable and friendly and will bring open dialogue regarding the direction of the Citizens Advice North Somerset service. On a personal level, Brian loves golf, fishing, cycling – in fact the list is endless as he will try anything out. He lives locally and is fortunate to have a strong family in the background making sure his feet are firmly on the ground.
Brian has been a trustee since 2017 and is the current Treasurer (elected 2017).
Roger Bailey is a local businessman and Weston Town Councillor. He brings to the Board of Trustees a wealth of business knowledge and experience having spent over 40 years in the computer industry and was the founder of Redwood Computer Systems Ltd.
Roger has been a Weston Town Councillor since his election in 2011. In that time he has been Chair of the Community Services Committee, Weston-In-Bloom and Chair of the Council Allotment Committee.
In 2012 Roger was nominated as governor of Westhaven School and has been Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chair of Finance and Personnel committee.
Roger has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2018.
Greg Davey joins the Board of Trustees with a wealth of knowledge and experience from both his career and hobbies, ranging from people development and management, live incident control, IT, customer services, conflict resolution and much more. Greg works in the transport industry dealing with live operations across the South West. This is Greg’s first role as a trustee and he believes that his drive, determination and passion to help others will enable him to rise to the many challenges that the not-for-profit sector faces.
Greg has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2018.
Farid Saada is an experienced leader and manager and has a wealth of general management expertise to support the board fulfilling their responsibilities mainly in Governance.
He started his professional career in the private sector, mainly in quality assurance, following his Bachelor’s Degree in applied chemistry and became a chartered chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Farid moved to the public sector and works for the NHS, for 20 years as a senior manager. He specialises in corporate governance disciplines such as clinical risk management, health and safety and Quality. He has master’s degrees in Occupational and Environmental Management (Ionising and Non-Ionising radiation protection and Musculoskeletal injuries). He also has a Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Institute of Management.
Outside his professional career, Farid was a chairman of governors in a primary school for several years and was a member of Devon and Cornwall Round Table, playing an active role as a Secretary then Treasurer in raising funds to support local charities.
Farid has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2018 and Vice-Chair since December 2018.