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

Jules Dymond

Advice Services Manager

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 had a varied career in central and local government, Higher Education, the NHS and the private sector. He currently has a number of Trustee roles, and is a Non-Executive Director of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Mental Health Trust.

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. With over 21 years benefits experience in central and local government, Nikki has been undertaking a secondment at the Department for Work and Pensions and has recently qualified as a Management Consultant.

Prof 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 and engagement at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and leads a team who provide a communications service for patients across Yorkshire. As well as holding roles in the NHS, Helen has over 18 years local government experience in communications, having previously worked in both York, North Yorkshire and Leeds, as well as working in the financial services sector.

Prof Peter Ball

Prof Peter Ball

Trustee

Prof Peter Ball has been an academic for over 25 years and works at the University of York Management School. 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.

Mark Taylor

Trustee

Mark has worked at North Yorkshire County Council for more than five years in the Policy and Partnerships Unit, working on a range of policy but principally with the Stronger Communities Programme and managing the Local Assistance Fund, the Council's local welfare provision service.

Heather Brock

Trustee