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Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell strengthens Trustee Board with new appointments

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell has appointed three new members to its Board, all voluntary positions, who each bring valuable industry experience and strategic guidance to the charity.

Clare Brooks has joined the Board as the Company Secretary. Clare is a qualified chartered secretary and has worked in governance roles for a variety of organisations, including a large pension scheme, city fund manager and, most recently at St George’s, University of London. 

Simon Culhane has joined as a Trustee and is the Vice-Chair of CAEE Board.  His previous roles include Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and during his tenure the Institute grew to be a global body with over 40,000 members and delivered over 40,000 qualifications.  He has worked with several blue-chip financial companies including Lloyds Bank, Deutsche Bank, in Central Government where he was deputy director of the Prime Minister’s Efficiency Unit, and the NHS.

James Thornton has joined as a Trustee and is a Communications, Media and Marketing expert, specialising in healthcare. Currently Assistant Director of Communications for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, he has more than 20 years’ experience, 13 in senior NHS and third-sector roles. Prior to joining Epsom and St Helier, James was with Healthy London Partnership, specialising in areas such as Violence Reduction, before being seconded to NHS London at the onset of covid, leading communications for the globally-renowned ‘Everyone In’ homeless health programme.

Lisa Davis, CEO of CAEE, said:

“These new board members have already made an impact.  We recently held a strategy meeting where together we identified and prioritised actions going forward. Top of the list is the need to increase capacity so that we can better serve our clients in these difficult times.  This in turn requires more funding, more staff and more volunteers.   We are not alone as this is the issue for many charities. However we are all optimistic about the future, we have a dedicated team of committed staff, volunteers and trustees determined to serve our community.”

Full list of CAEE Board members here

Media enquiries: please contact Louise Curd, Publicity and Fundraising Manager, Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, email: tel: 01372 300778

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Notes to editors:

  1. Please find photos of the new board members attached.
  2. Citizens Advice is made up of the national charity Citizens Advice; the network of independent local Citizens Advice charities across England and Wales; the Citizens Advice consumer service; and the Witness Service.
  3. Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell (CAEE) is a small, local charity offering free advice and information for all who live, work and study in the borough of Epsom & Ewell.  All advice is free, confidential, impartial and independent. 
  4. Each year CAEE helps around 3,000 clients with issues such as benefits, housing, debt, fuel poverty, family issues and much more.  Our outcomes are extremely positive not only for the clients we serve, but also for the wider community.  During 2021/22 we secured income in excess of £900,000 for our clients.  Our added value to society totalled £1.2m in fiscal benefits by reducing health service demand and maintaining employment and housing.  The wider economic and social benefit of our work during 2021/22 totalled almost £8.4m.
  5. As a small charity we are responsible for raising our funds.  It costs, on average, £60 for each client that we help. To make a donation please visit  Just £5 per month could enable us to help another client this year.
  6. To get advice please use our Freephone adviceline 0808 278 7963 or visit our website where you can get advice by email and find details of our drop in service. 

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