Meet Our Trustees

Farid Saada (Chair of Trustees)

Farid is an experienced leader and manager and has a wealth of general management expertise to support the Board fulfilling their responsibilities mainly in governance. He started his professional career in the private sector, mainly in quality assurance, following his Bachelor’s Degree in applied chemistry and became a chartered chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Farid moved to the public sector and worked for the NHS for 20 years as a senior manager. He specialises in corporate governance disciplines such as clinical risk management, health and safety and quality. He has a Masters Degree in Occupational and Environmental Management (ionising and non-ionising radiation protection and musculoskeletal injuries). He also has a Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Institute of Management. Outside his professional career, Farid was a Chair of Governors in a primary school for several years and was a member of Devon and Cornwall Round Table, playing an active role as a Secretary then Treasurer in raising funds to support local charities. Farid has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since September 2018 and is the current Chair (elected November 2019; last reaffirmed November 2023).

Philippa Clark (Vice Chair of Trustees)

Philippa is a former teacher of the deaf, educational psychologist, family adviser and Headteacher; specialising in working with children with complex special educational needs and disabilities and their families. She was a Headteacher in all age special schools for over 20 years, most recently at Ravenswood School in Nailsea. Philippa has been a Trustee of a large national charity (SENSE) and she now volunteers as a Magistrate for The Avon and Somerset Bench. Philippa is enthusiastic about using her experience as a senior leader supporting the ongoing development of CANS, for the benefit of our clients. Philippa has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since February 2019 and is the current Vice Chair (elected November 2019; last reaffirmed November 2023).

Liz Fothergill

Liz joined Citizens Advice Taunton in 1993 and spent 23 years with Citizens Advice Taunton covering most roles - from volunteer to Chief Officer -and retiring in 2016 when she joined CANS as a Trustee. During her time in Taunton, she saw the paid staff team rise from 3 to 28 and the number of volunteers total over 100. Liz ran various projects including Macmillan, Legal Aid Scheme, Pensionwise and Financial Inclusion. During this time Liz worked closely with the board of trustees to improve and develop the organisation including a move to newer and larger premises.

Liz was a Trustee for Taunton Association for the Homeless for 8 years and is currently Chair for Taunton Heritage Trust, a very old alms house charity that also awards charitable grants to those in need.

Liz has been a trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since 2016 (re-elected 2019).

Peter Bray

Peter has enjoyed an extensive career in the care sector, with 12 years working with the UK’s largest voluntary provider of services for people with physical, visual and mental health challenges, initially as regional Director and finally as the Chief Operations Officer. Prior to this, Peter held a number of senior management positions within the commercial sector including Business Head of the UK Retail Division of a large Swiss based pharmaceutical multi-national. Since retiring, Peter has been a Trustee of Age UK (Southampton), Trustee of Street Pastors (Southampton) and the Chief Executive (voluntary) of a charity involved in care and relief to children across the globe. Peter and his wife, Melanie, moved to Weston-super-Mare in early 2022 and they both enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, walking their two large dogs on Weston beach and becoming more actively involved with the community work of their new Church, St Paul’s. Peter has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since June 2022.

John Reeve

John is a pensions actuary who has worked for a number of large consultancies helping companies set up and manage their workplace pension schemes. He is now a part time director of a small business doing the same work. John is also a Governor at Mary Elton Primary School in Clevedon, part of the Clevedon Learning Trust and a Trustee of a large UK Pension Plan and he is a former Trustee of the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon where he still helps out. He also sits on a number of voluntary boards within the Pensions Industry and Actuarial profession. Throughout his career in financial services he has focused on helping members of the public understand the complex world of pensions. He is now keen to use the skills he has acquired to help CANS support the North Somerset community more widely. John and his wife, Kim, moved to Clevedon in 1993 and they have three adult children, the youngest of whom is at Nottingham University. John has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since April 2020.

James Childs-Evans

James is an experienced manager, having started his professional career with Ernst & Young following undergraduate studies in Taxation and Revenue Law. James moved to the public sector, eventually relocating to Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) in 2003, where he was the Strategic Projects Officer working in the Vice Chancellors Office at the University of Bath. Since 2009, he has worked for a range of health and care organisations delivering services across local, regional and national footprints. In 2019, he moved to North Somerset whilst working in a joint NHS/Council role as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the BaNES locality of the emerging BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Integrated Care System. During the last year he has worked with the Ministry of Defence and is currently working for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Medical Examiner Service. James has an interest in mental health and community work, and has a PhD in Community Development, which explored community empowerment and resilience through the lenses of government policy and lived experiences. Outside of work, he has a keen interest in the arts, particularly enjoying visiting the smaller live music venues in Bristol. James has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since April 2023.

Jackie Smith

Jackie spent over 40 years working in the NHS as a diagnostic radiographer retiring in March 2022. During this time, she was both a clinical radiographer and advanced practice ultrasonographer obtaining an MSc in Medical Ultrasound. She has worked as an Allied Health Professions (AHP) Dean representing AHP at a local and regional level as well as promoting AHP as a career by visiting schools and colleges. For the last 15 years of her career, she managed a number of radiology services most recently at Weston General Hospital. During this time, she was involved in various service re-designs and the setting of local and regional strategy relating to radiology services. She has been involved in fund raising for various hospital projects, the last being the refurbishment of part of Weston radiology department. As a Radiology Manager, her area of expertise was in ensuring the delivery of a high-quality patient focused service achieved by good clinical governance, continuous quality improvement, staff training and development, service user and staff engagement and compliance with regulation and guidance. Jackie has lived and worked all her life in and around North Somerset. She hopes that she can use her skills and experience to support the invaluable work caried out by Citizens Advice North Somerset. Jackie is a keen gardener having recently taken on an allotment and enjoys watching live music and comedy shows and walking with her husband and energetic dog. Jackie has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since April 2023.

Andrew Hatherall (Honorary Treasurer)

Andrew is a businessman who currently runs an Interior Design Education business with his wife. Previously, Andrew enjoyed a 25-year career in the brewing industry working internationally in senior commercial / finance roles. Andrew lives in North Somerset with his wife, Kate, and their two children who keep them busy providing lifts and drop-offs to their varied social calendars. When not ferrying the children around or at work, Andrew is a keen (but not very good) archer and he is also learning to play bridge and can always be found with his nose in a recipe book as he loves outdoor wood fired cooking / BBQs. Andrew has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since September 2023 and is the Honorary Treasurer (elected November 2023).

Sara Turner

Sara is a senior communications leader in the Civil Service with 15 years’ experience across multiple disciplines including internal communications, media relations, journalism, digital and content. She is currently leading the internal communications and insight function of an innovative multi-million-pound pilot in the Ministry of Justice, using strategic and data-led communications to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis in prisons. This role sees her lead a team of six, which she has recruited from scratch to set up a brand new internal communications offer for 29 priority prisons (a quarter of the estate). Sara is motivated by working on projects and for organisations that make a positive tangible difference to the public, and championing communications as a powerful lever for change. She has previously volunteered for other charities including Home Start and Reading for the Blind. Sara lives in Weston-Super-Mare and has three school-aged children, a dog and two cats. She enjoys sea swimming and can regularly be found in Weston’s magnificent Marine Lake. Sara has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice North Somerset since September 2023