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Adam Sharples CB

Chair

In a career spanning 23 years in the civil service, Adam Sharples most recently served as Director General for Employment (2009-11) and Director General for Work, Welfare and Equality (2004-09) at the Department for Work and Pensions, following several senior posts at HM Treasury including Director of Public Spending (1998-2003).
Since 2011 he has served in a variety of non-executive roles across the public, private and third sectors, including as Non-executive Chairman of Ixion Group and a Governor of Anglia Ruskin University.
Anna Bennett
Anna joined the Trust’s board in January 2017 and is a member of the audit and risk committee.
Anna has worked in the charity sector for over 15 years and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. Having trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003, she then worked for a number of national charities, including as Finance Director for Hospice UK and most recently Director of Finance and Operations for BBC Children in Need. She is now a charity specialist audit partner at haysmacintyre chartered accountants. Anna is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Tracey Bleakley

Chair, Audit and Risk

Tracey has been on the Trust's board since 2013 and is chair of the audit and risk committee.  She is the Chief Executive of Hospice UK and formerly was CEO of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, and pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) where she led the successful campaign for financial education to be in the National Curriculum in England.  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 Price Waterhouse, Accenture and ITV. She holds an engineering degree, MBA, and postgraduate qualifications in International and Social Policy. Tracey is also a Chartered Director and holds CIMA accounting qualifications.
Tracey was appointed to the board of the Insolvency Service by Business Minister Jo Swinson, and is a member of the BBC Charity Appeals Advisory Committee, a fellow of the RSA and ACEVO and a patron of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and Bolton Hospice.
Simon Crine
Simon became a trustee in July 2013.  He is Senior Advisor to the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority and interim Director of Communications for Ofgem, the GB energy regulator.  Simon has senior management and board level experience with organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including Digital UK, the TV switchover company where he was Director of Corporate Affairs, and Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator.  Earlier in his career, he was General Secretary of the Fabian Society and Director of the National Campaign for the Arts.  Simon is also a trustee of the Dartmouth Street Trust.
Adrian Keasey
Adrian joined the Trust’s board in January 2017 and is a member of the grants committee.
Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in ICT having worked for or with many of the major names in the industry including Microsoft, Accenture, Dell, Unisys and, most recently, Fujitsu. Adrian has held a variety of management roles including leading senior professional services teams and strategic leadership roles focused on business development and/or business transformation. He has most recently been focused on transforming global business models, working with diverse international teams. He is also a volunteer for the mental health charity Mind, working with service users who - quite often - depend on the services of organisations like the Money Advice Trust.
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Gail Scott-Spicer
Gail joined the Trust's board in November 2013.
Gail is CEO of The Carers Trust and has held a number of other senior posts in the charity and not-for-profit sectors including Deputy CEO at ACEVO.
Gail is also Vice-Chair of CharityComms, the professional membership body for charity communicators, and was a commissioner on NCVO’s Emerging Leader’s Commission. She holds MA in marketing management and and Institute of Directors diploma in company direction.
Jenny Watson

Deputy Chair

Having been a trustee of the Money Advice Trust since 2008, Jenny was appointed Deputy Chair in 2013 and sits on the Trust’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Jenny is the Chair of the Electoral Commission. She previously chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission prior to its merger with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and was also the Deputy Chairman of the Banking Code Standards Board. Although her background is in the not-for-profit sector, she has twice run her own business.
Claire Whyley
Claire has been a trustee of the Money Advice Trust since 2011. Claire is a professional researcher, policy analyst, and consumer champion. She is currently a Director of Sliced Bread Consulting Ltd, a policy and research consultancy focussing on the needs of vulnerable consumers, and undertakes freelance research and policy development in the fields of consumer disadvantage, poverty, debt, credit regulation, financial and social exclusion.
Claire was previously Head of Futures at the National Consumer Council and Acting Business Manager at the National Social Marketing Centre. Claire is a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, the Finance and Leasing Association Lending Code Group, the Advertising Advisory Committee and a former member of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce.
Sian Williams
Sian has been a trustee of the Money Advice Trust since 2011, and sits on the Trust's audit and risk committee.
As Head of Financial Inclusion at Toynbee Hall, Sian has a lot of experience in delivering advice services to struggling people, as well as insight into fundraising for these activities.
Sian has also worked as a Policy Officer for the Community and Development Foundation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Merrick Willis OBE

Chair, Grants Committee

Merrick has been a trustee of the Money Advice Trust since 2011 and sits on the Trust’s grants and audit and risk committees.
Merrick brings important experience of running a large third sector organisations - he was Chief Executive Officer of the Charity for Civil Servants until early 2015.
 
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