Alan Edwards: Chairman of the CMA Trustee Board.


Alan is one of the Elders at his church in Colwyn Bay. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, he led the establishment of the Debt Advice Centre at his church in 2005 and continues to be the lead advisor at the centre. Until recently he has indulged his passion for boats and cruising off-shore from Conwy in his motor cruiser. Housework doesn’t thrill him in the same way!

Alan Edwards

Heather Keates: CEO & Trustee.


Heather has spent 20 years working in the field of debt advice at both local and national levels. Currently, as well as running CMA, she helps at her local advice centre in Shrewsbury. Heather lives in rural Shropshire with her family and happily spends her free time sewing, knitting, strimming down brambles and cheering on her beloved Brighton and Hove Albion football team.

Heather Keates

Tim Jackson BA, ACA: Finance Trustee.


Following a successful career in finance, God called Tim out of that to set up a debt advice centre in 2013. The vision developed with a food bank and belonging group for those with addiction issues. In addition to these roles, he supports a couple of national charities and works part time for a public company. Tim also helps to lead a local Church.

Tim Jackson BA, ACA

Andy Biggs: Company Secretary.

Andy is a business leader with a wide range of commercial and charity experience. Most recently he has been leading fair trade pioneer organisation Traidcraft through transformation of its trading business and charitable operations. As a chartered accountant for over 25 years, he has worked in finance roles in healthcare, chemicals and oil & gas industries. He has been a CMA Trustee since 2013 and is involved in the UK church’s social action engagement through leading impact research initiatives at Jubilee+.

He believes when people have hope and empowerment amazing things can happen. After taking up triathlon as a fundraising challenge for CMA in 2014, he has now progressed to represent Great Britain as an age group duathlete.

Andy Biggs

Susan Robinson: Trustee.


Susan lives with her family in rural North Yorkshire where she ran a debt advice centre for 10 years. As well as being a trustee of CMA Susan assists Rory, CMA’s training manager, by co-ordinating training requests. Susan works as a practice administrator and is very involved in her local church. In her free time, Susan enjoys meeting up with friends for laughter and coffee.

Susan Robinson

Sarah Vinson: Trustee.


Sarah is based in North Cornwall and is the Centre Manager at Launceston Money Advice Centre. Previously, she was a senior manager within a major international IT company in their sales support and business development area. She was also a uniformed scout leader for more than 30 years in Buckinghamshire, with roles at section, group, district and county level. Sarah worships at a lively Anglican/Methodist Ecumenical Partnership church where she plays the organ for Sunday worship, is an Anglican Lay Pastoral Minister and sits on her local Deanery Synod as well as the Truro Diocesan Synod.

Sarah Vinson

The systems and communication that Community Money Advice has in place to support the affiliated centres are excellent and internal records and systems are likewise. Considering the geographical spread of staff, Board members and affiliated centres and small number of staff this organisation achieves a very high standard of efficiency, quality and outcomes. PQASSO evaluation