How we are governed

As an independent charity, we have a Board of Trustees who are collectively responsible for ensuring the organisation is financially sound, well managed and that it meets its charitable objectives.  The Board provides leadership and guidance to the Chief Executive who has day-to-day responsibility for leading and managing the organisation. 
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Our Trustees and Chief Executive:




Chair: Linden Thomas

Linden moved to Birmingham in 2006 to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law having graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in French and History. Upon completion of her legal studies, Linden spent a year working in marketing before joining SGH Martineau LLP as a trainee solicitor in September 2009.

In September 2011 Linden qualified at SGH Martineau as a solicitor specialising in employment law.

In September 2013 Linden moved to the University of Birmingham, where she is a Lecturer in the Law School.  She is also the supervising solicitor for the School’s award winning student pro bono programme and manages its Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER).

Linden is an active member of the Birmingham legal community. She is currently Vice-President of Birmingham Law Society and chairs the Society’s Pro Bono Committee.






Vice Chair: Paul Southon

Paul’s career started in nursing and Health Visiting. In 2003, while completing his Masters in Public Health, he moved into a full time public health role, and worked in NHS and local authority public health until 2017.

During this time Paul led work on early years, public mental health, and the social determinants of health such as housing, employment and poverty.

Since early 2017, Paul has been running a public health consultancy and training company.

Trustee: Sunny Vashisht

Sunny has lived in Birmingham since 1999. Sunny holds BEng (Hons) in Mechanical University from Wolverhampton University and completed his MSc Mechanical engineering from Aston University. Sunny also holds an Executive MBA with specialism in strategy management from Aston Business School.

Sunny specialises in project and commercial management with over 10 years’ experience in bidding and leading complex engineering projects. He also has a passion for lean methodologies and have led transformation projects.

Sunny believes that CAB provides an exceptional support and services to local citizens and proud to be part of CAB family.

In his spare time, Sunny likes spending time with his family, enjoys mentoring and networking. He is a keen cricketer and learning to play golf.


Trustee: Abisola Latunji-Cockbill

Abisola started her career in Birmingham in 2011, after having studied at the University of Birmingham and the College of Law.  She qualified as a solicitor in September 2013 and specialises in employment law and business immigration. 

Abisola continues to work in Birmingham at Mills & Reeve LLP.

Abisola enjoys long-distance running, reading, live music and contemporary art.




Trustee: Jill Lambert

Jill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and has held senior positions in several universities.

She is Chair of the Birmingham branch of the charity Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP), and also Treasurer for the OXFAM Books and Music shop in Lichfield.


Trustee: Councillor Gareth Moore

Gareth joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 as a local authority nominee and is currently a Conservative councillor for Erdington Ward, elected in 2011.

Birmingham City Council Committee Membership 2016-2017:
Licensing and Public Protection Committee
Licensing Sub Committee B
Planning Committee

Gareth is also a governor at four schools and a trustee of the Sir Josiah Mason Trust.

Gareth strongly believes that help and advice should be readily available to all and had been a strong supporter of the work of the CAB, before he joined the Board.

In his spare time Gareth has a strong passion for history and studies Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Birmingham, where he became involved in politics.


Trustee: Liz Alvey

Liz Alvey settled in Birmingham in 2013. Liz's professional experience encompasses business and strategy development, contract management and commissioning of services. She has worked in the construction industry and local government and in various not for profit organisations.

Liz's history with the CAB service goes back to 1982 as a volunteer advisor at Newcastle upon Tyne CAB. She went on to manage a busy Inner London CAB and later served as a Board Member for the Croydon CAB Service. Liz has served on the Boards of a number of charities and not for profit organisations.

She is passionate about ensuring people get access to high quality services in their own locality



Chief Executive: Janice Nichols

Janice took up her post as Chief Executive in October 2013. She is an experienced manager and leader and has held senior management positions in local government and the voluntary sector. Janice has knowledge of the advice sector, previously working as a welfare rights officer in London. 

Janice has a law degree from Coventry University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Warwick. She is also a qualified executive and leadership coach.

Janice is a Trustee of Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advisory Service. 

Janice is very committed to helping people access the best possible advice services when they need them; she and the Birmingham CAB team are working to provide an excellent service to the people of Birmingham.