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Meet the Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for our leadership and governance. They are all volunteers and oversee the governance of our organisation i.e. making sure we are operating in line with the expectations of our regulators and funders. They support the CEO and management team in the development of our vision and strategic direction. The trustees have a wealth of experience and expertise in lots of different sectors.



Trustees Biographies

Jon Crockett – Chair of Trustee Board

I have spent my life, professionally and as a volunteer working to improve the life chances of all in our communities especially those in the disadvantaged areas of the West Midlands where we work.

Having retired from a successful career in Public Service, including 25 years spent in the NHS and 15 years as CEO of the NHS in Wolverhampton  I have continued to work actively in board and governance roles across a wide range of organisations including Housing, Further and Higher education as well as organisations across the Third Sector

I am a qualified accountant and was president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for the Midlands and a regional council member for over fifteen years.

I have lived and worked all my life in and around the Black Country and am proud of our heritage and passionate about making a difference for our people and communities.

Steve Handscomb – Vice Chair of the Trustee Board

I have been very lucky in life to have had a good education and career so feel that I want to give something back to people in the community who are not as fortunate as me using the skills and abilities I have.

I am Commercial Director of a business that makes environmentally friendly cement products and my background  has been in technical and commercial roles in the cement and concrete industry.

My hobbies include watching rugby, walking , working on time pieces, reading,  watching films and spending time with my family.


Bernard Cysewski – Trustee

I’ve been involved with Citizens Advice for almost 20 years as volunteer generalist adviser, advice session supervisor and now a trustee. I’ve always believed you only get out of an organisation what you put in. So being passionate about helping people has always been my driver and I’m proud of what Citizens Advice stands for.

I work full time in a demanding job helping lead a housing & welfare team at Walsall council dealing with homelessness and people in crisis. I’m also a trustee for South Staffs Water Charitable trust and sit on the water consumer challenge group panel.

When time allows I love to walk in Snowdonia but recently I’ve been spending more time working on the allotment growing fruit & veg for my family, neighbours and staff at work. I find by being outdoors is a great way to clear the mind & de-stress.


Sarah Dugan – Trustee

I believe we can really make a difference to people’s lives through offering advice and support when it is needed most.

I am the Chief Executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. We work in partnership to provide community and mental health services to our local communities.

I am a nurse by background. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and family and enjoy watching films, going to the theatre and travelling.




John Hussey – Trustee

Having trained and served as a Generalist Adviser with Citizens Advice Dudley Borough for 5 years, I have a deep commitment to the ideals and values of Citizens Advice. I want to work with highly skilled and motivated colleagues as we seek to transform our organisation and the services provided to the communities of Dudley and Wolverhampton.

My career background is in education as a teacher in the inner City and Headteacher and Executive Principal of a Multi Academy of several schools with an age range from 2-19 years.

I’m Chair of a local Community Association seeking to serve the very complex needs of a deprived Ward in Birmingham.  I love my escape to the local allotment, enjoy literature, music and theatre. Getting better with my photography – I prefer being behind the camera not in front – and my guitar playing.

Mark Jones – Trustee

I initially worked as a volunteer adviser at our Brierley Hill location. I really enjoyed helping people with their issues and through giving advice making a positive difference to their personal situations. I am passionate about the work Citizens Advice does, I want to give back to our community and have been a trustee for the last 20 years.

I am a Legal Adviser and work for a trade union. I have 20 years’ experience of providing employment law advice. I have a keen interest in social policy, current affairs and am committed to social justice and a more inclusive society.

I enjoy cooking – the first rule of survival, and like eating spicy food. I am a real ale fan, audio books and  addicted to my fitbit and maintaining my daily step count.


Stuart Maynard – Trustee

I wanted to find a way of helping my community that would fit around my busy work schedule. I hope that my skills and experiences can support the amazing work carried out by the Citizens Advice Dudley and Wolverhampton Team.

I work for a large, international IT company. My role as Service Director is to lead our delivery teams, understand the needs of my customers and find ways of enabling their businesses through innovative IT services and solutions.

As a family we enjoy going for walks with the dog, watching live music and comedy (usually with my daughter), film and playing poker with the children (not for money as they usually beat me). I also do quite a lot of travel with my job, which allows me to experience different countries and cultures around the world.



Geeta Patel – Trustee

I feel strongly that people who are struggling need the safety net offered by Citizens Advice, which gives free, informed, and confidential information and advice about money, legal, consumer and other problems such as food poverty.

I have over 30 years of experience in leadership and governance roles in the voluntary, healthcare, and public sectors. My work has included: addressing disadvantages in employment in housing for Black, Minority Ethnic people, challenging inequality in health provision for Asian women, and working on health and well-being issues in Wolverhampton.

I am on the board of Women of Wolverhampton, a grassroots charity that facilitates positive change for women by advancing gender equality and equal participation. I am in the NHS NExT Director programme, a project which aims to develop more diversity on NHS boards.

I am married with three sons. I enjoy reading, walking, and spending time with my extended family.


Clare Williams – Trustee

Currently I work at the University of Wolverhampton as Head of School of Social Science and Humanities, but this is not my first career. I’ve also worked as a nursery nurse, before going to University to study to be a teacher working part time in social care and on qualifying running a domiciliary care service for a number of years. Eventually  I moved into  higher education teaching.

Teaching at the University of Wolverhampton aligns very well with my values and this is what has kept me in Wolverhampton for the last 16 years. Providing opportunities for people to access higher education, often something they had discounted due to their experiences or circumstances, is the most important part of my job.

I see the opportunity to be involved with Citizen’s Advice as important for me personally, to reconnect with front line work and share the skills I have picked up along the way, but also to bring the University further into the community that it serves.

Do you need immediate help with the cost of living?

For Dudley Borough residents – Our DMBC and ICB funded Dudley Cost of Living Support Hubs may be right for you. Please click on the following link for more information

Dudley Cost of Living Hubs Information

For Wolverhampton residents – Please use this website to access our services

Please find below link to some useful resources:

Cost of living resources