StepChange appoints three new members to its board

3rd July 2023

StepChange Debt Charity has announced the appointment of Liz Harding, Mike Ashley and Sue Acton as Trustees, who will join its board on 1st July.

StepChange conducted a comprehensive and extensive search process to find new expertise to support the future direction and strategy of the charity. In particular, the charity sought lived experience of problem debt, as well as a depth of experience across the financial services sector. The appointments have been made after former Trustees stepped down due to term limits.

The appointments come at an exciting time at StepChange, with former Director of Operations Vikki Brownridge recently succeeding Phil Andrew as Chief Executive.

John Griffith-Jones, Chair of StepChange of Debt Charity said “The whole board is delighted to welcome Liz, Mike and Sue, as trustees. These appointments will bring diverse insight from both the third and private sector as well as lived experience of problem debt. Their expertise will be vital as the charity charts its path during a once in a generation cost of living crisis as well as a new funding landscape.”

Liz Harding said “It’s an honour to be joining the StepChange Board of Trustees at such a pivotal time for people in problem debt in this country. As someone with both a long career in the third sector and with lived experience of problem debt, I look forward to bringing an understanding of the importance of meeting individuals’ needs and ensuring clients and consumers remain at the heart of the charity’s decision making.”

Mike Ashley said “I’m thrilled to be bringing my risk management and retail banking experience to the StepChange Board of Trustees. The cost of living crisis has exacerbated many existing challenges for household finances and the support provided by the debt advice sector. I look forward to contributing to StepChange’s mission of helping the people in this country who are struggling with their debts.”

Sue Acton said “It’s a privilege to become a StepChange Trustee and to contribute to the vital work the charity does to support people in problem debt. As someone with a banking background who has worked directly with people experiencing financial vulnerability, I know first-hand the difference this support makes. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the Board as StepChange continues to make a difference.”