Karen Clarke - Vice Chair
Karen Clarke is Vice Chair of Citizens Advice Manchester (CAM). 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.
Martin Singer - Treasurer
Martin Singer is Treasurer of Citizens Advice Manchester. After working in industry and Further Education, I worked in the general area of Charity Finance for 35 years, including my last job as Finance Manger for Manchester Mind for 18 years until I retired recently from paid work. My interests are in Alternative Economics, such as the pressure group Positive Money, Chorlton Philosophy Group, English History, Music, Classic Cars and Bikes and being Grandad.
Aarti Gupta (nee Puri) is a practising charities solicitor with a background in working with the vulnerable (having worked in Mencap's legal team for 9 and a half years) and the elderly. She currently acts a legal consultant to a number of charities and law firms across the UK, and has been a trustee with CAM since September 2016.
Appointed to the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice Manchester in 2017, 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.
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 specializing 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.
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.
Michael Kay has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years and is currently, Head of Sales at BT Global Services. With a variety of sales, marketing and leadership roles, Michael has specialised in transformational IT networking projects. As an active fund raiser, he continues to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and North West Air Ambulance through many events that sometimes combine his passion for cycling.
Nicola Sansom is CEO of S.A.L.V.E. International who have been working with street-connected children and their families in Jinja, Eastern Uganda since 2008. S.A.L.V.E. specialises in supporting the hardest to reach young people living on the streets, for example children who are addicted to sniffing aeroplane fuel, who would not normally be able to access services. She is an alumni Clore Social Leadership Fellow focussed on homelessness and how to measure impact in small organisations and a former Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University Management School. She is a passionate campaigner for social justice. She has previously worked and volunteered for a range of international development and UK organisations of all sizes, including working for Oxfam GB specialising in activism and community campaigning.
Stephen Perry is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience of working in finance in blue-chip organisations. Early in his career, Steve developed his financial and commercial knowledge working in a diverse range of industries including telecommunications, IT, retail, funeral care and travel. Most recently he has been specialising in the financial services industry, focusing on improving the internal control environment and governance within organisations. He has been the Chief Operating Officer of a mortgage company, the Treasurer of a building society and a Vice President in a global investment bank. Being an accountant, Steve rates one of his career highlights as when he was invited to the Bank of England to open a bank account.