Board of trustees

Mark Gamsu (Chair)

markMark spent most of his working life in the voluntary and statutory sector – collaborating with others to tackle inequality.

He is interested in how we, as citizens, influence the way decisions are made locally and he writes about this on his blog www.localdemocracyandhealth.com


Alistair Griggs (Vice Chair)

alistairAlistair was previously the national Operations Director for eight years at the Refugee Council and then the governance director at Sheffield City Council, as well as a trustee (and briefly the chair) at Pitsmoor CAB.

He has a track record in social care, health, housing, advice work, volunteering, and work with refugees.

Alistair is currently a non-executive director for Spectrum Community Health (a social enterprise), a lay panellist for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, a part-time walking holiday leader for HF Holidays and sings with Purple Cats Community Choir.

He is committed to excellence, strong customer care and engagement, and is values-driven.


Bea Burks

beaBea is Director of Delivery at digital inclusion charity Tinder Foundation which helps people improve their lives through digital.

She spent four years at national Citizens Advice, leading several teams and eventually becoming the organisation’s first Chief Digital Officer.

Bea cut her teeth as a journalist in Chile and still writes about digital design at medium.com/@beatricelucy and tweets @beatricelucy.

She’s passionate about the service and proud to be part of Citizens Advice Sheffield’s life-changing work.


Callum Dixon

callumMost of Callum’s career has been spent in the management and delivery of advice services or the wider third sector.

He completed his Masters in Employment Law in August 2016 having graduated from the University of Sheffield Law with Spanish course two years prior.

In his spare time Callum enjoys playing and watching tennis, reading and exploring Sheffield!

Callum is looking forward to giving back to a city which has given him so much


Claire Holden

clareClaire has worked in the NHS in Sheffield for over 16 years.

She has served as a school governor and Chair of Governors, has also worked as a Victim Support volunteer and was a member of the VAS Personnel Committee for several years.


Gill Hutchens

gillGill was born and grew up in Sheffield. She met her husband whilst visiting Cornwall and stayed there for 9 years.  They returned to Sheffield in 1989 with their daughter, Lydia.

Shortly afterwards, Gill started working as a volunteer at Stocksbridge Advice Centre.  She enjoyed this work so much that she decided to pursue a career in providing legal advice and so commenced studying to become a solicitor.

Gill continued advice work and became a debt worker based at Foxhill and Parsons Cross Advice Service and the Debt Support Unit. In 1998, Gill obtained a training contract at Bell & Buxton Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. She has primarily specialised in employment law, working at Rotherham Law Centre from 2005-7 and then at Whittles Solicitors in Manchester until it was transferred to Thompsons Solicitors in 2009.

In 2013, she started working at the University of Sheffield as a supervising solicitor of Free Law, the University Law clinic, and last year Gill was appointed as co-ordinator of this project.


Hilary Dawson

hilaryHilary’s working life was spent in the Special Needs sector of the Education Service and she found while there that the inequalities of life were a daily factor.  How decision making processes were influenced and challenged became a significant feature of her job.

Some of Hilary’s other roles included managing the school budget and fundraising.  She has also served as a School Governor.

Hilary’s association with Hillsborough & Area Advice Service began in 1998 and she trained as a volunteer advice worker. She subsequently became a trustee and served some time as the Treasurer.

In her free time, Hilary enjoys researching Family History.


Mark Smith

markMark has worked in the voluntary, charity sector for most of his professional career.  He is currently working as Business Growth Manager for Doncaster Chamber.  Prior to this role he worked as Director of Operations at charity SAFE@LAST that supports children and young people who are at risk through running away.

His role at the charity included managing fundraising and finance, the volunteering program, strategy and business planning, partnership working and HR amongst other duties.

Mark has undertaken numerous volunteering roles with a range of charities and organisations that offer emotional support, advice, practical help and advocacy with vulnerable adults and children.

He currently runs his own charity consultancy business ‘Make Your Mark UK’ that aims to help charities and voluntary sector organisations to be better.


Mary Seneviratne

maryMary was a Professor of Law at Nottingham Trent University, before her recent retirement, and has previously worked at Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.

She qualified as a solicitor in the 1970s, and has also worked in local government. She was a member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunal Council from 2010 to 2013, and has been a non-executive director at the Legal Ombudsman from 2009 to 2014.

She has lived in Sheffield for over 40 years. In her spare time she enjoys playing cello in an orchestra, singing in a choir, and walking in the hills.


Sharon Hirshman

Will be added soon.


Trevor Smith

trevorTrevor has worked in the financial industry as an IT consultant for the last 25 years, working in the UK and abroad.

He first got involved in Citizens Advice as a volunteer and then as a Trustee of the Citizens Advice Sheffield Bureaux Debt Support Unit.

Trevor was part of the team of Trustees that helped to form Citizens Advice Sheffield and has been a trustee since its formation.

Previously he was chair of the human resources subcommittee and is now a member of the finance committee. Outside of work he enjoys playing football (badly)  and reading.