Meet the team

Trustee Board

Our Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of CENCA and for the delivery of its organisational purpose for the benefit of the public. Several of our members joined CENCA last year (2019), following a period of significant organisational restructuring. Like all of our volunteers, trustees are recruited through a formal process, including completion of an application form, reference checks, interview and induction.

CENCA currently has 8 board members, with skill sets in key specialist areas including the Employment Tribunals service;  the Magistrates Service; equalities; youth and community work; local government; finance; contract compliance; human resources; and accountancy. 

We will be seeking additional Trustees from April 2020

Susan Hills


Susan is our most experienced trustee and took up the role of Chair in 2019 to consolidate on the stabilisation led by the previous (interim) Chair Carrick Ferguson in 2018...

Dinesh Kotecha

Trustee (acting treasurer)

Dinesh Kotecha who joined CENCA as a Trustee in March 2020 has over thirty years’ experience of volunteering, organising social groups and carrying out leadership roles...

Sharon Stringer

Vice Chair

Sharon Stringer has experience in the private sector, running her own business for 15 years before a spinal injury meant a change of direction...

Anjanie Emmanuel


Anjanie has spent over 20 years’ working in leadership roles across public and private sector organisations....

Diana Belfon


Prior to joining the National Health Service (NHS) in 2003, Diana worked for an international company in the commercial industry...

Ulric Gravesande


Ulric served in the British Army and became a qualified mechanical and electrical engineer and during his work he became Treasurer of the Mechanical and Engineers Union...

Staff Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is currently made up of three staff members: Chief Officer, Operations Manager and Advice Service Manager, who lead a team of staff and volunteer team of over 80 people, delivering core advice services and 9 other projects from 2 main office bases and 17 outreach sites, including hospital trusts, council offices, community venues and job centres.

Mary Clarke

Chief Officer

Mary Clarke was appointed as Chief Officer in November 2018, following the organisations restructure.  ​Mary's key skills are in strategic development, partnership building and bid writing...

Dean Crofts

Advice Service Manager

Dean Crofts was appointed as Advice Services Manager in February 2019, as the final member of the Leadership Team...

To contact Trustees or Leadership Team staff, please email

Central and East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice
7/8 Mercers Row

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