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Joanna Elson awarded CBE for services to people in financial difficulty

10 October 2020​​

Money Advice Trust chief executive Joanna Elson has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to people in financial difficulty. 

Joanna has served as chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline, since 2008. In addition to her role at the Trust, Joanna is a Director of Fair4All Finance, Vice Chair of the Friends Provident Foundation and serves on the Board of trade body UK Finance, representing vulnerable consumers. 

Adam Sharples, Chair of the Money Advice Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Joanna has received this honour in recognition of her work to promote financial inclusion. She has been an outstanding Chief Executive for the Money Advice Trust for more than 10 years and has worked tirelessly to help people and small businesses to deal with problem debts. 

“The honour is also a tribute to the achievements of the wider team of staff she leads at the Trust, who have risen to the extraordinary challenges posed by Covid-19 and continue to deliver our services at time when they are needed more than ever.” 

 Last year the Money Advice Trust helped nearly 200,000 people through National Debtline and Business Debtline, with 1.98 million visits to the charity’s advice websites.

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