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As an independent charity, we are governed by a board of trustees, who serve as volunteers giving their time and expertise freely. The board are ultimately responsible, legally and morally for the strategic direction, financial and legalities with day-to-day control delegated to the Chief Executive.


The composition of the board is varied and brings together a group of people with different skill sets to further the delivery of the charities aims. The board meets 5 times a year and some of our Trustee’s regularly visit the organisation on a weekly basis.

Jennifer Shipman – Chair of Trustee’s

Jennifer Shipman

Jennifer Shipman joined CAB in July 2012. Previously Jenny worked in the NHS and was a magistrate in Bedford for 25 years, progressing to Bench Chairman for three.

Jenny has been a board member of the Friends of Bedford Hospital and still Bedfordshire Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Jenny became Chair of Citizens Advice Bedford in 2013, leading the board of trustees and is responsible for the strategic plans, their implementation and holding the Chief Executive to account.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for the Bedford Country Market, tending to her allotment, dogs and home in Bedford


Chris Hall - Treasurer 

Chris joined Citizens Advice Bedford as a trustee in April 2017, and became Treasurer that July.  He is a retired Chartered Accountant, and spent the last 20 years of his career as a Charity Finance & Administration Director. 

In retirement, he is Treasurer of a number of charities, Churchwarden at his local Church, and volunteer driver for a Community Bus Association. In earlier years, he served for 26 years as an officer in the Territorial Army.”

Sally Monkman

Sally Monkman

Sally joined Citizens Advice Bedford as a trustee in 2012, having always admired their work and the support and help provided to local people during difficult times. She particularly enjoys being involved with setting policy and strategic direction and fits this around travelling with work and the demands of family life. Sally works in international development, specialising in working with and for a number of international and national organisations, spanning the education, health and natural resource sectors. She has been on the board of a number of charities, both within the UK and overseas, and now works as a freelance consultant specialising in institutional and organisational development.

Her most recent consultancy work has been with the United Nations in Bangladesh and Sally is also a Lecturer with the Open University for the Masters in Development Management programme.

Peter Gill

Peter practised for 21 years in a Bedford firm of solicitors, latterly as a litigation partner before spending 20 years as a District Judge in Hitchin, Bedford and Luton County Courts. Since retiring from full time work in 2014 he has continued to sit on a part time basis as a Deputy District Judge in local courts and in London.

He is secretary of the Bedford Chess Club and a keen but incompetent member of Bedfordshire Golf Club


Dr Tom Inskip

Tom joined Citizens Advice Bedford as a Trustee in 2016. He had previously worked as a GP in Bedford for 29 years. In this role he saw the whole cross section of the community and became aware of the different challenges that can occur for any of us. He also had patients who had been helped by CAB.

He is now glad to be able to put his knowledge of the Bedford community to use in helping support the organisation. He also a trustee of the Bedford Daycare Hospice. Away from the CAB he is a husband, father, gardener, golfer and skier.

Debi Momi

Debi Momi joined Citizens Advice Bedford as a trustee in 2017 and Debi has always aspired to support and help people in need.  She has held the role of an Auditor for another charity and continues to volunteer her time as and when required.

She has been working with the Council for 18 years and is responsible for undertaking statutory roles to safeguard children in education. Debi has recently completed the CMI Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Debi enjoys new challenges and travelling.

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