Our Trustees

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Karl Tonks – Chair

Karl Tonks is Chair of Citizens Advice Manchester. He has been a litigation solicitor in Manchester for over 25 years. He believes that everyone in Manchester should have access to free, confidential and independent advice. He is also a founding director of Together Dementia Support CIC.

Karen Clarke - Vice Chair

Karen Clarke is Vice Chair of Citizens Advice Manchester (CAM) and the Chair of the HR sub-committee. She was a senior lecturer in Social Policy at Manchester University and before that she worked as a researcher at the Equal Opportunities Commission. She was involved for many years with the Pankhurst Centre, as Chair of The Pankhurst Trust, and she has also been a school governor. Before becoming a Trustee she worked with CAM for two years as a research and campaigns volunteer.

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Martin Singer - Treasurer

Martin Singer is Treasurer of Citizens Advice Manchester.  After working in industry and Further Education, he worked in the general area of Charity Finance for 35 years.  This includes his last job as Finance Manger for Manchester Mind for 18 years until he retired recently from paid work. Martin's interests are in Alternative Economics, such as the pressure group Positive Money, Chorlton Philosophy Group, English History, Music, Classic Cars and Bikes and being a Grandad.

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Beverly D'Alessio

Appointed to the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice Manchester in 2017 and now the Chair of the Business Development and Research & Campaigns Committee, Beverly has worked as a Business and IT Consultant for a number of multi-national organisations and, as an independent consultant and coach, has worked on a diverse range of projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Her background is in large scale IT Transformation, Strategic Client Management, Sales Operations and Programme Assurance and she has been a Vice President and Senior Executive in Capgemini, IBM and Fujitsu Services. She has been particularly involved over the last 20 years in the Welfare Sector and is most interested in the role today's digital transformation can play in helping deliver support and independence to the most vulnerable in society.  

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Fiona McNair

Fiona McNair is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser who has worked across both the public and private sector.  This has included working as a divisional Finance Director involved in group wide financial controls and risk management processes, and work specialising in assessing corporate and tax governance across a broad range of businesses. She currently works for HMRC in the National Compliance team of Large Business. She also sits on the board of Citizens Advice Greater Manchester and has volunteered for a number of years on the management committee of the Manchester Branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She has previously been a School Governor and worked specifically on Pupil Premium, ensuring investments were focused on improving both inclusion and outcomes for children from low income families. She is passionate about the importance of CAM's work in both supporting individuals and in giving them a voice to improve the legislation and practices impacting them through our campaigning.


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Holly Markin

Holly Markin has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years in a range of large organisations in both the private and public sector.  In recent years she has also trained as a psychotherapist and works in both private practice and with AnxietyUK, a Manchester based charity.   She has been a Trustee with CAM for the last 12 months and really enjoys working with an organisation that actively supports so many people through difficult times. 


Interested in becoming a trustee?

We are currently recruiting for trustees.  This is an exciting opportunity to join the governance team of one of the country’s most innovative and successful advice providers. With an annual turnover approaching £4 million we employ more than 100 members of staff supported by over 50 volunteers and are contracted to deliver legal advice and information locally, regionally and nationally.

We are currently looking for a number of trustees who are interested in helping to shape our future strategic direction.  We are particularly keen to recruit forward thinking people with a commercial or not-for-profit background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance

  • Health & Wellbeing

  • HR/Communications

  • Operational Management

  • Public Policy/Procurement

Citizens Advice Manchester has a strong commitment to equality and working with diverse communities and would particularly welcome applications from people from BAME communities and other minority groups who possess the skills and competencies we require.  The Board meets monthly in central Manchester and on average our trustees commit around 10 hours per month.  Trustees are volunteers but receive expenses.