Meet the Team, Welfare Benefits Unit

Meet the Team

Staff Team

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Chief Executive

Kate Fincham

Kate Fincham

Welfare Rights Adviser, Benefits Advice and Tribunal Support Project

Kathryn Ayres

Kathryn Ayres

Office Coordinator

Andrew Davies

Welfare Rights Adviser

Jenny Shaw

Welfare Rights Adviser

Kathryn Wordsworth

Welfare Rights Adviser

Trustees

The Welfare Benefits Unit is supported by the commitment of our Trustees who work together to provide strategic support. After a period of change we are now looking for new Trustees. Any of the current Trustees or Liz, Chief Executive, would welcome your interest and be able to answer any queries about the role.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Chair

Paul has worked in central and local government, and public and private sectors, including a spell as Private Secretary to the Minister for Social Security. More recently, he has worked for City of York Council and for York St John University. He is now a self-employed consultant.

Dr Christine Skinner

Dr Christine Skinner

Trustee

Dr Christine Skinner has worked as an academic for over 15 years and is currently employed as a Reader in Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Social work at the University of York. She has considerable experience in conducting research on family policies and has acted as an expert adviser to government as a member of Social Security Select Committee Inquiries and specific policy steering groups and symposiums.

Nicola Welch

Nicola Welch

Trustee

Nicola is the Housing Benefit Manager at City of York Council and manages a team who deliver housing benefit, council tax support and York Financial Assistance scheme to the residents of York. Nikki has over 18 years benefits experience in local government and has recently taken on a secondment as a consultant in the Department for Work and Pensions, working in the Performance Development Team (PDT) who work with individual and groups of local authorities to help them become more efficient and improve performance.

Dr Charlotte O'Brien

Trustee

Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of York, specialising in EU law, welfare law and human rights. She has volunteered , worked and researched with Citizens Advice Bureaux for 14 years. She runs the EU Rights project, a legal action research project doing advice and advocacy work with EU nationals, and researching the effects of recent welfare changes.

Helen Edwards

Helen Edwards

Trustee

Helen is the head of communications at North Yorkshire County Council and leads a team who provide a communications service for the residents of North Yorkshire. Helen has over 17 years local government experience in communications, having previously worked in both York and Leeds, as well as working in the financial services sector.

Prof Peter Ball

Prof Peter Ball

Trustee

Prof Peter Ball has been in academic for over 20 years and works at The York Management School at the University of York. Through his teaching and research activities as well as his role school role as Director for Business and Community Engagement he works extensively with commercial and charitable organisations on various challenges and opportunities they encounter.

Richard Bridge

Richard Bridge

Treasurer

Richard has worked in the private, voluntary and public sectors. After ten years working for a number of Leeds and York advice sector organisations - primarily in the fields of welfare rights and debt - Richard Bridge now works as a social researcher for the Department of Work and Pensions, after returning to university to study social policy and latterly a Masters in Social Research Methods, both at the University of Leeds.