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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 Trustees

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.”

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.

Fraser Young

Fraser has enjoyed a rewarding and varied career in the UK Energy Industry spanning some 35 years. He has worked across many disciplines and has held numerous operational, customer service and leadership roles.

Fraser brings a wealth of commercial partnering and relationship experience, having been responsible for the contract initiation and the performance delivery of strategic and tactical partnerships across commercial and not-for-profit organisations during his career.

During his career he has witnessed how social disadvantage and changes in personal circumstances can lead to debt, fuel poverty and have negatively effected families and individuals alike. He has admired the work of Citizens Advice providing a vital service to help educate, signpost and offers real practical assistance to those in need.

In his spare time, Fraser enjoys walking and cycling, spending time with friends and family, travelling, diy, gardening and his allotment.


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