The IMA Council is made up of the IMA Branch Representatives, who are elected by IMA members in their region. The role of the Council is to support and organise the regional Branches, act as a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to members, and to facilitate communication between the membership and the IMA Trustee Board. To achieve this the IMA Council elects one of its members to sit on the IMA Trustee Board and a member of the Trustee Board also attends Council meetings.
Members of the Council are also eligible to sit on the IMA’s various sub-committees including the Membership and Professional Standards Sub-Committee and the Accreditation and Qualifications Sub-Committee.
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Pippa Cann MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the Devon and Cornwall Region
Pippa has been an adviser with Citizens Advice since 2007 and became a paid debt adviser in 2010 on the FIF and LSC projects. She now works on the MAS IDMAP webchat giving live debt advice. She has worked in the charity sector since 2000 as an adviser, fundraiser, project manager and supervisor and has helped several small non-profits write policies in order to gain charity status. Pippa is a qualified trainer and ran a training business in the Netherlands before joining Citizens Advice. She took the IMA Certificate in Money Advice Practice in February 2011.
Jane Clack MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the East Anglia Region
Initially working in publishing and English as a Foreign Language teaching, Jane started work for Payplan in 2001. After developing her money advice skills on the Helpline and in assessment of cases, she then set up the Special Advice Team and moved into money advice training whilst still maintaining direct contact with clients. She has been a member of the IMA for 10 years. She has the Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Insolvency, the Certificate in Money Advice Practice and is an approved DRO intermediary. She is on the IMA’s Accreditation and Qualifications Subcommittee and the 2017 Conference Steering Group.
Carol Clarke MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the East Midlands
Carol has worked in welfare benefits and debt since 1978. Her career with the Department of Work and Pensions spanned nearly 20 years. She had a number of roles from receptionist in a Social Security office, running a training school for the introduction of Income Support and managing a team dealing with benefit complaints and MPs enquiries for the Derby area. From here she moved on to Derby City Council where she was a Housing Benefit visitor for five years. Since 2003 she has worked as both a Welfare Rights Officer and Specialist Money Advisor for Derby Advice and gained DRO Intermediary status and the Certificate in Money Advice Practice. She has always worked at the sharp end of advice dealing with customers face to face and now continues in that role as a full time Money Adviser.
Tim Nelson MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the Greater Manchester Region
Tim became a volunteer in 1999 with a Citizens Advice Bureau before taking his first paid jobs as a debt adviser under LSC contracts with Tameside and Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau, both part-time. He moved on to Stockport Law Centre in 2005 before arriving at the local authority where he has been since 2007. Until the removal of debt advice from the legal aid scope he worked under LSC contracts. Tim sit on the IMA’s Membership and Professional Standards Sub-Committee.
Necla Bakirci MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the London Region
Sharon Mercer MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the Merseyside Region
Sharon has been involved in debt advice since 2008, initially as the FIF Administrative Assistant before progressing to Caseworker, both at Citizens Advice Sefton where she was until her current post. She is a DRO Authorised Intermediary and holds an LLB (Hons) and the Certificate in Money Advice Practice. Sharon currently works for Citizens Advice as a Money Advice Strategy Support Officer.
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the North East Region
Charlotte Johnson MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the North East Region
Charlotte has been a debt adviser since 2009 after finishing her Masters in Law. She has been in her current role of Active Inclusion Debt Advisor at Newcastle City Council since April 2014 after working for Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau. Charlotte holds the IMA’s Certificate in Money Advice Practice and is an approved DRO Intermediary.
Eddie Smith MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the Northern Ireland region
David Sheridan MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the North Wales region
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the South East Region
Margaret has worked in debt and benefit advice since 1990, first working with the London Borough of Lambeth, the London Borough of Greenwich, and since 2000 with Money Advice Plus in Brighton. Margaret passed the IMA Certificate in Money Advice Practice in 2012.
Kate Cook MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the South Region
Kate has been a debt adviser at Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade since 2007. She holds the IMA’s Certificate in Money Advice Practice and is an approved DRO Intermediary.
Peter Madge FIMA
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the South Wales Region
Peter worked for Citizens Advice Specialist Support for 24 years. Prior to that he worked as a volunteer and then paid debt adviser in bureaux. Between 1992 – 2006 he was editor of the Adviser magazine. He is still a regular contributor to Adviser as well as to Arian. Peter is one of the authors of CPAG’s Debt Advice Handbook. In 2010 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Money Advisers. Peter works for Recognising Excellence as technical expert in connection with the Money Advice Service Peer Review Scheme.
Garry Mills FInstSMM, MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the Western Region
Garry Has been involved in debt advice since 2006 and is a qualified Money Advice Specialist holding the MIMA (Cert) qualification. He has been active in the charitable sector since 1977 as a volunteer for the largest military charity in the country and has been professionally involved in the third sector in money, debt and financial capability advice since 2006.
Andy Bolam MIMA (Cert)
IMA Regional Branch Representative for the West Midlands Region
After retiring, Andy became a volunteer in 2010 with a Citizens Advice Bureau, and since 2011 has specialised in debt advice with them. He has been a member of the IMA since 2012 and his qualifications include BSc (Hons) and MBA degrees and the IMA’s Certificate in Money Advice Practice.