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The Money Advice Trust appoints new trustees

National debt advice charity the Money Advice Trust has today announced the appointment of two new trustees. Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Education Group; and Simon Crine, independent strategic communications consultant and former Director of Corporate Affairs for Digital UK, will join the charity’s trustee board with immediate effect.
 
Joanna Elson OBE, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust, said:
“The experience and expertise Tracey and Simon will bring to our board will be vital to achieving our vision of helping people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money wisely. We are already starting to reap the benefits of having their input into our work so that we can further extend the reach and impact of our activities.”
 
Martin Hall, Chair of the Money Advice Trust, said:
“Tracey and Simon will add unique insight and experience to the role of the Trustee Board in overseeing and directing the work of the Trust. It is important for any charity to be supported by a strong board and we are delighted that the Trust’s brand and reputation for helping people in financial difficulty has enabled us to add such high calibre professionals to our board.”
 
Tracey Bleakley
Tracey is the Chief Executive of pfeg (the Personal Finance Education Group), the UK's leading financial education charity. As CEO, Tracey is the public face of the successful campaign for financial education to be included in the national curriculum in England.
 
Tracey is a regular public speaker and commentator on financial education and related issues on BBC television and radio and print media.  She is responsible for the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, the largest such group with 252 cross-party MP and Peer members.
 
Before joining pfeg, Tracey was UK Director of MEND, a social enterprise tackling overweight and obesity, and had a thirteen year career in management consultancy with PWC, Accenture and ITV, including setting up a number of start-up companies and managing high-profile mergers. She holds an engineering degree, CIMA accounting qualifications, MBA, and postgraduate qualifications in International and Social Policy.
 
Tracey is a school governor, a patron of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and a fellow of the RSA and ACEVO.
 
Simon Crine
Simon Crine was Corporate Affairs Director of Digital UK, the independent company which led the successful UK digital TV switchover programme (ending 31 December 2012).
 
Simon has senior management and board level communications experience with organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and has held high profile national leadership roles at the Fabian Society and National Campaign for the Arts earlier in his career.  Simon also brings regulatory experience from his time as Director responsible for external affairs at OFCOM.
 
Simon is also a Trustee of the Dartmouth Street Trust.
 
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