Our trustees

Our trustees make the strategic and financial decisions that ensure we are operating within the law, especially with regard to safety and ethics. They are a dedicated team, actively involved in the workings of the charity and they meet about once every three months.

We recruit trustees on the basis of application forms, interviews, reference requests, DBS checks, and an induction. Between them, our trustees have extensive skills, knowledge and experience of the third sector, the court system, and of the work that we do. We have a wide range of roles, and each trustee takes on areas of responsibility, based on their previous experience. We also like to include people who have used our service.

Welcome to our Board of Trustees

Dr Tim Auburn, Member of the British Psychological Society. Chair of the Board, Community Advice and Support Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Tim Auburn PhD, Member of the British Psychological Society


Timothy has been a trustee right from the start in 2014 when he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. At the time, he was researching the experiences of those caught up in the criminal justice system. This led him to examine how we help and support those who become involved in the criminal justice system. Although Tim is now retired, he is strongly committed to the work and values of the charity and very much enjoys supporting the team as Chair of the Trustees.

Judy Hultgren, Deputy Chair of the Board, Community Advice and Support Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Judy Hultgren

Deputy Chair

Judy spent ten years working in London in the computer services industry, including a period in financial services. She then gained certification in Quality Assurance working to IOS 9001 Standard. From here, she continued as a consultant to enable a number of companies achieve accreditation to that standard.

Judy then took a career change and moved to Cornwall, set up her own garden design business and became a Justice of the Peace. As a serving JP, Judy supports CASS+ with extensive knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, combined with all-round experience in IT and small business.

Pat Walker, Treasurer, Community Advice and Support Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Pat Walker


Pat is one of our original loyal trustees. She comes from Birmingham where she worked as Superintendent Radiographer for the NHS for many years. She moved to Cornwall in 1985 when she set up a hospitality business. She then served on the Cornwall Bench as a Justice of the Peace for 23 years. Pat brings an invaluable combination knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and hands-on business experience.

She is now retired from self-employment but thoroughly enjoys being a part of the unique work of CASS+.

Mary Anne McFarlane, Trustee, Community Advice and Support Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Mary Anne McFarlane


Mary Anne brings 40 years of experience in the Probation Service, including at chief officer level and secondments to top security prisons and the Home Office.

Mary Anne was involved in setting up the community courts in Devon and Cornwall in 2005. This included an advice desk which became the Community Advice and Support Service. She has worked internationally in the USA and later in Turkey, Jordan and Romania. She is currently an independent member of the Devon, Cornwall and Dorset Police Serious Misconduct Panel. As Director of the Probation Institute and Acting Chair, she also works closely with the MoJ and the HMPPS teams on professional issues for the new unified probation service. Mary Anne is also a member of the Green Party, a town councillor, and a coordinator for the local environmental and social action network, SEARCH.

Angela Taylor, Trustee, Community Advice and Support Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Angela Taylor


Having lived in Cornwall for over 30 years, Angela now enjoys happy times with her family. She first heard about CASS+ when she was serving as a Magistrate. This, combined with her extensive knowledge and experience in mental health, makes her an ideal member of the team. Angela continues to run her psychotherapy practice and is therefore very familiar with the complex issues that CASS+ clients face. She takes huge satisfaction in being able to make a difference in the lives of anyone going through the criminal justice system.

Peter Edwards, Associate Trustee, Community Support and Advice Services, Devon and Cornwall

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Peter Edwards

Associate Trustee

Peter’s career began on a pig farm in Lancashire. From feeding (and mucking out) pigs, he moved on to engineering and management with Leyland Motors. His career took him into personnel, training, general management and consultancy. In the five years before he retired in 2007, Peter was the Manager of Plymouth Magistrates’ Court and the Area Fixed Penalty Office. As a result, he was closely involved in setting up the CASS+ service. Since then, he has supported the charity as an Associate Trustee. Following ‘retirement’, Peter trained as a Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor and now works in private practice in Plymouth.