Meet the Trustees

Meet the Trustees

Farid Saada (Chair of Trustees) 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 a 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 September 2018 and is the current Chair (elected 2019).

 

Philippa Clark (Vice Chair of Trustees) is a former Teacher of the Deaf, Educational Psychologist, Family Adviser and Headteacher; specialising in working with children with complex Special Educational Needs and their families. She was a Headteacher in all age special schools for over 20 years, most recently at Ravenswood School in Nailsea. Philippa has been a trustee of a large national charity (SENSE) and she now volunteers as a Magistrate for the Avon and Somerset Bench.

Philippa is enthusiastic about using her experience as a senior leader supporting the ongoing development of CANS, for the benefit of our clients.

Philippa has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since February 2019 and is the current Vice Chair (elected November 2019).

 

Liz Fothergill spent 23 years with Citizens Advice Taunton where, at one time or another, she has sat at most desks – from volunteer back in 1992 to Chief Officer from 2005 before retiring in 2016.    During this time she saw the paid staff team rise from 3 to 28 and the number of volunteers total over a hundred.  Liz ran various projects including Macmillan, Legal Aid Scheme, Pensionwise and Financial Inclusion. She also worked closely with the board of trustees to improve and develop the organisation including a move to newer and larger premises.

Liz served for nine years as a Trustee for Taunton Association for the Homeless and is also currently a Trustee for Taunton Heritage Trust, a 17th Century almshouse charity that also awards charitable grants to those in need.

Liz has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2016 (re-elected 2019).

 

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 a 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 April 2018 (elected 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 (elected November 2018).

 

Richard Dobson has a wide range of experience in the public and private sector, originally training as a civil engineer and working mainly in transportation and bridge engineering disciplines. A period overseas led to an interest in working with aid organisations, initially in a technical role, and then institutional development/capacity building work in Yemen and Bangladesh. On returning to the UK he worked for a variety of clients in business improvement and business development roles.

Richard relocated to Somerset from Yorkshire in 2015, retired and after renovating a new home was looking for a new challenge. After learning about the key role that Citizens Advice play in North Somerset, he applied to become a trustee and hopes that his extensive experience and a passion for contributing to the community can be of benefit to the valuable and vital service that we provide.

Richard has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since February 2019.