Meet the Trustees
The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to ensure the charity is operating according to its aims and objectives and meeting local need.
Ian Allsop (Vice Chair)
Ian is a freelance editor and journalist, specialising in civil society, charity and independent school management issues, particularly finance and governance.. He is also a commentator on the wider legal, cultural and policy environment within which voluntary organisations operate. Ian has lived in Loughton for over 16 years, and previously edited Loughton Residents Association’s Loughton Life newsletter on a voluntary basis.
After five years as chair of governors at his local primary school, and having written and edited many pieces on trustee roles and responsibilities, he decided he should apply some of that knowledge to a local charity. He had long been impressed by the invaluable and sometimes under-appreciated work of the Citizens Advice movement so the opportunity to become a CAEFD trustee seemed perfect.
Richard has been an elected Councillor for Epping Forest District Council since 2007, representing the Lower Nazeing Ward. In addition to his trustee role at Citizens Advice, Richard also represents the Council’s interests for Epping Forest College, Local Councils Liaison Committee Lower Nazeing, LSP Tourism Board, Lower Nazeing Six Authorities Liaison Group (Formally known as Enfield, Essex, Hertfordshire Border Liaison Group). Richard also works for Epping Forest Community Transport demonstrating his commitment to supporting the residents of the District.
Diana Lowry has lived in Epping since 1979 and worked as a GP in a local practice until her retirement in 2016. Many of her patients were helped by Citizens Advice which is one of the reasons why she chose to be a Trustee. She also volunteers in the Epping Forest Foodbank and is a member of various community organisations. Diana is also a licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England.
Nina Goswami leads the UK inclusion team at Clifford Chance where she is responsible for developing and implementing their inclusion policies and campaigns within the London and Newcastle offices.
Before Clifford Chance, Nina was the BBC's Creative Diversity Lead and headed up 50:50 The Equality Project. The multi-award-winning initiative uses data monitoring to ensure media content better reflects society. It is the biggest ever collective action on increasing women’s representation in BBC content.
Nina also worked as a journalist. She was a reporter for national newspapers and The Lawyer magazine prior to working at the BBC, where her roles included TV News Editor.
Stephen is a committed and active member of the local community. He has worked as a Loughton secondary school teacher for over 40 years. He has been a local councillor since 1982, serving on the Epping Forest District Council since May 1982 and the Loughton Town Council since 1996. Stephen was appointed as Mayor of Loughton in 2018/19.
Stephen is a great advocate for the local voluntary sector and is involved with a wide range of local community groups.
Baljit is currently an IT programme manager with Conduent, a multinational organisation specialising in Business Process and IT outsourcing for large commercial and government organisations.
Previously Baljit provided data privacy consultancy to a number of customers for five years – implementing effective privacy operating models to support compliance.
Prior to contracting, Baljit worked at BT for 19 years, launching new network products and implementing IT and operational processes to support new operating models.
Jean Wells (Chair)
A trustee of Citizens Advice Epping Forest District since 2017, Jean has lived in Epping for more than 40 years and has been active in the community, bringing up her children in the area and participating in many community events and organisations. Her career was in people management both locally and in London. Citizens Advice was always an important resource that she advised people to use when they needed extra advice and guidance, and it was her admiration for what they did that resulted in her volunteering locally. She also volunteers for Mind, supporting their work in reducing social isolation.