Meet the Trustees
Greg Comninos (Chair)
Greg has been a trustee of CASTAD since 2011. He was Treasurer until 2016 when he became Chair of the Trustee Board. Greg is an accountant by profession and was a partner in the St Albans office of Deloitte before his retirement. Greg is a trustee of the Alban Academies Trust which serves a growing number of primary and secondary schools in the St Albans area. He is a Past President of the Beds, Bucks and Herts Society of Chartered Accountants.
Sandra Caldwell (Deputy Chair)
Sandra is a retired Director of the Health and Safety Executive and a current trustee of the national charity Victim Support. She has had extensive Board experience including formulating strategy, monitoring delivery, identifying and managing risks (financial and reputational) as well as multi-million pound budget responsibility. She has been a trustee of a small charitable fund and is a Justice of the Peace. She wants to continue to make a significant contribution to public service in the local community and working as a trustee for St Albans CAB fulfils this ambition.
Cathy Phillips ( Treasurer)
Cathy joined Citizens Advice as Treasurer in 2016. As a Qualified Certified Accountant she spent over 25 years in a variety of management roles within Finance teams in the Retail Sector, ultimately rising to Vice President at TK Maxx. She has a proven track record of leading both large and small teams delivering efficient transactional services and business critical financial information to Board level. Additionally she has extensive experience in business and financial planning, change and project management, internal audit and external reporting. Since leaving full time employment, in addition to her role at CASTAD, she joined STANTA (a St Albans charity supporting local business start ups). Cathy has been resident in St Albans for all of her adult life.
Jenny Burley (Company Secretary)
Jenny joined the trustee board in 2015 and has been company secretary since 2016. A retired solicitor, she began her career in nursing, becoming a registered nurse and ward sister before leaving to study for a law degree and qualifying as a solicitor with Hertfordshire County Council in 1981. She moved from there to the charity sector in 2000, becoming Head of Legal and Risk Management at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and retiring from there in 2012. She subsequently worked with several other charities as a governance consultant. In the past she has chaired a housing association and been a trustee of the Hospice of St Francis. She is currently also a trustee of Mind in Mid Herts. Jenny is a qualified counsellor and volunteers as such in a St Albans school. To relax, she gardens, quilts and tries to keep fit so she can play with her grandchildren.
Paul became a bureau trustee in 2011. He has over 30 years' experience as a surveyor, dealing specifically with Central London offices. He was previously Director and head of department at Lambert Smith Hampton and then GVA Grimley. He formed his own surveying practice in the West End in 2004. During this time, he has assisted major corporate companies on strategy and the acquisition/disposal of offices, along with professional work for both landlords and tenants.
Jessica Van Schie
Jessica joined as a trustee in 2020 and has lived in St Albans for over 5 years. She is an operations professional and has worked with small businesses through to large multinationals. Jessica has over 10 years of commercial and managerial experience in post, logistics and e-commerce fulfilment. Key skills include change and project management, supply chain management and business planning. Throughout her professional career Jessica has been an active member of works councils and employee forums. In her spare time Jessica enjoys reading, skiing, and running.
Alex joined the Citizens Advice as Trustee in 2015. Having spent a long successful and varied career in the NHS as a practicing qualified nurse (RN) and midwife (RM), she also gained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), later progressing to a senior level in health service operational management. Now working on a consultancy basis in strategic planning and service redesign of health provision she has worked across many health, social care and Council organisations. Her key skills cover strategic planning, change and project management, financial control, business planning, governance and health and safety. As a resident of St Albans for many years, she is interested in supporting the local community, and involved with her local Parish and District Council.
Richard was born is St Albans and currently lives in Harpenden. He is an Information Technology professional with over 20 year experience, working largely in the retail and public sector. He was the first president of 'The Three Valleys Club' which raises money for local charities. The club celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2010.
Sarah has lived in St Albans for more than 20 years, growing up in Buckinghamshire. She is a Human Resources professional with experience in a number of disciplines to Director level. Sarah's experience has been gained largely in the drinks, retail and leisure industries as well as communications, having worked in a small independent business through to a multinational organisation. She became a trustee in 2009. Sarah enjoys cycling, walking and skiing to try to keep fit.
Donia joined as a trustee in December 2015. She is a financial planner with Avanti Wealth Management. Having worked in financial services for over 14 years, Donia is passionate about the importance of providing clear and transparent financial information. She seeks to motivate people to engage in money matters and make the right decisions. In her free time Donia enjoys skiing and hiking in good company, with a splash of wine and nice food and a good book to read by the fire.
Alec joined Citizens Advice in 2020. He is an electronic engineer and project manager who has deployed many telecoms networks for UK network operators. Alec was previously a school governor and district Councillor. He is passionate about improving our local communities and supporting Citizens Advice in that.
Alison started her working life in Hotel Management moving swiftly in to Shopping Centre Management and latterly ran her own Event Management business for 22 years, before hanging up her hat in January 2020. She has two adult daughters who also live in St.Albans. As well as being a Volunteer Trustee for CASTAD she works with the Princes Trust as a mentor for young people looking to start their own business or who need assistance applying for jobs. Alison is keen to use her knowledge and expertise to support CASTAD.