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President and Ambassadors

​The Money Advice Trust benefits from the knowledge and experience of a President and four Ambassadors who offer their time to help us achieve our vision.

The Trust's President is Baroness Jean Coussins of Whitehall Park, and its Ambassadors are Liz Barclay, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO, Martin Hall MVO MBE, Sir Ian McCartney, Sir Brian Pomeroy, Carol Sergeant CBE, and Simon Walker.

The role of the President is to bring important issues of relevance to government and other key sponsors, as well as to represent and raise the Trust's profile. The role of The Trust's Ambassadors is to champion the our work amongst a range of key stakeholders.

President:
Baroness Jean Coussins

Baroness Coussins, a life peer and independent cross-bencher, has worked in the public sector, the charitable sector and for an industry-funded education and regulatory body in paid for, non-executive and advisory capacities. She has held positions including Non-executive Director of The Advertising Standards Authority, Chief Executive of The Portman Group, and Director of social policy and equality assurance for the Commission for Racial Equality.

Ambassador:
Liz Barclay
Liz Barclay is a well respected journalist, broadcaster and writer. She presented ‘You and Yours’ on BBC Radio 4 for ten years, in addition to ‘Call You & Yours’ and ‘Pick of the Week’. Liz has extensive money advice experience, having been a trained debt adviser at Citizens Advice.
Ambassador:
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO is Group Head of Government Affairs at HSBC Holdings and Chairman of the Financial Inclusion Commission. Sir Sherard spent more than 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, serving in Cairo, Washington and Paris, as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and latterly as the UK’s Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.

 

Ambassador:
Martin Hall MVO MBE
Martin was been Chairman of the Money Advice Trust from 2005 until 2013, and a trustee from 1994 until 2013. Martin has vast experience of the consumer credit sector, having been Director General of the Finance & Leasing Association for 12 years, a position from which he retired in 2010. Martin is also a non-executive director of Broadcastle Bank Ltd., part of the Siemens Group, and Adviser to the Supervisory Board of Siemens Bank. He previously served in the Diplomatic Service and HM Treasury before moving to the private sector as Head of Corporate Affairs at Eurotunnel plc and subsequently the London Stock Exchange. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Martin took an MA in Crusader Studies at Royal Holloway and Queen Mary Colleges, University of London, in 2009, and is now an Honorary Research Associate and doctoral student in the history department at Royal Holloway.

 

Ambassador: 
The RT Hon. Sir Ian McCartney
Sir Ian McCartney served as President of the Money Advice Trust from 2007 to 2010. Sir Ian is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament  for the Makerfield constituency from 1987 to 2010, and served in the Cabinet from 2003 to 2007.
Ambassador:
Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE
Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE has served as an Ambassador since 2011, when he stepped down as a trustee of the Trust. He currently serves as President of the Financial Inclusion Commission, and until recently was a non-executive member of the board of the Financial Conduct Authority. He is a non-executive director of QBE Insurance Group Ltd., Chairman of the government's Action Group on Cross-Border Remittances and a Board Member of The Social Market Foundation.

He was formerly chairman of the Gambling Commission, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, the Independent Commission on Equitable Life Payments, the Payments Council, the National Lottery Commission, Centrepoint, Homeless Link and The Photographers' Gallery; a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, the Audit Commission and the Disability Rights Taskforce; and a Nominated Member of the Council of Lloyd's. He was formerly a trustee of Money Advice Trust, for which he now acts as an Ambassador. He was the Senior Partner of Deloitte Consulting until 1999.

Ambassador:
Carol Sergeant CBE
Carol Sergeant CBE is on the Board of Danske Bank and has garnered a length City career that saw her working in a multitude of senior positions – including Head of Major Banks’ Supervision at the Bank of England, Managing Director of the Financial Services Authority and Chief Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group. She is also Chair of whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work. 
Ambassador: 
Simon Walker
Simon Walker was Director General of the Institute of Directors until early 2017 and has previously served as Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace, Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways, and as a special adviser in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street from 1996-97.
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