Money Advice Trust appoints Vineeta Manchanda and Rebecca Wilkie as new trustees

The Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline, has appointed Vineeta Manchanda and Rebecca Wilkie as members of its board of trustees as of 1st September 2018.

Vineeta and Rebecca replace Claire Whyley, Merrick Willis and Sian Williams on the board whose terms of service have come to an end.

Vineeta has served as a non-executive director at organisations including the Royal Free Foundation Trust, Sandwell Children’s Trust and Relate. She spent twenty-five years in fund management and investment banking, including at blue chip global firms such as Merrill Lynch and Credit Lyonnais. She has recently operated at managing director and board level, growing start-up emerging market investment banks.

Rebecca is currently programme director at the Litigant in Person Support Strategy which helps people without means through the court and tribunal process. Prior to this role she was chief executive of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, a charity matching members of the public who cannot pay for advice with a pro bono barrister. She has also previously held a number of non-executive director roles including at the National Pro Bono Centre and the Advice Services Alliance.

Adam Sharples, Chair of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline, said: “I am delighted to welcome Rebecca and Vineeta on to the Board of Trustees. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise which will be of great benefit to the Money Advice Trust. With demand for the Trust’s services continuing to remain high, our work in helping people to tackle their debts and manage money with confidence is more important than ever.

“I would also like to thank Claire, Merrick and Sian, whose terms on the Board have come to an end, for their hard work and service over the last few years.”

Vineeta Manchanda said: “The work of the Trust in helping people to tackle their debts and improve the debt and credit landscape is a vital one. I am Iooking forward to working with Adam and the rest of the Board to help shape the important work the Trust delivers, and to bringing an additional outside perspective from my experience in the corporate world.”

Rebecca Wilkie said: “I am excited to be joining the Board of an organisation with such a strong reputation and I look forward to helping build on their outstanding work for people in financial difficulty. The need for free, independent, expert advice for people in debt is every bit as important as it is in the legal sphere, and I look forward to exploring what learning can be applied across these two sectors.”