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 Senior 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 President of Birmingham Law Society.






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.






Honorary Treasurer: Suneet Chavda

Suneet is an Aston University alumnus, and has lived in Birmingham since March 2014, relocating to the city shortly after completing his BSc in Economics and Management. He started his career as a Pensions and Workplace Savings consultant with KPMG in 2011, and has recently joined PwC in Birmingham.

In his free time he enjoys cycling and travelling the world, alongside spending quality time with friends and family.

Suneet is passionate about the growth potential of Birmingham, and believes the services of Citizens Advice Birmingham are key to supporting the people of Birmingham in sharing in the growth and prosperity of the region.



Trustee: Liam Brooker

Liam has spent more than ten years working in a range of roles, mainly in local government, with a focus on policy and public affairs . For the past five years he has worked on the HS2 project, working to ensure that the second phase of project is on track to deliver benefits to the Midlands and North.

Liam moved to Birmingham in 2016. In his free time he enjoys getting to know his new home city through its events, food, and cultural life. He looks forward to using his experience to support the work of Citizens Advice Birmingham.


Sunny Gill: Trustee


Sunny Gill is the Founder and CEO of Silver Mountain, a multi-disciplinary Digital Marketing and Video Production Agency headquartered in Birmingham.

Silver Mountain has a global client base, spanning across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia.

Sunny has over 15 years sales and marketing experience across a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, FMCG, energy & utilities, telecommunications and professional services.

In 2018, Sunny won the E2E Next Big Scale Up Entrepreneur to Watch Award. He was also shortlisted for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) and the City of Birmingham Business Awards (COBBA).

Sunny is on the Board of Trustees for Citizens Advice Birmingham, an ambassador of Birmingham based Charity, LoveBrum and holds an advisory role with UK based NGO, The Asian Sports Foundation.  He is also an alumnus of Aston Business School





Trustee: Tracie Pearce


Tracie has over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, with particular focus on mortgages.

Tracie joined HSBC in March 2015 to lead the Mortgages team. She then took on her current role of UK Head of Banking & Propositions in June 2017 with direct accountability for all UK Retail Banking and Wealth Management products and propositions.

Prior to joining HSBC, Tracie led both the Mortgages and Savings teams for Nationwide Building Society.

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.