Board Profiles 2017-18

Meet the NASMA Board


Stephen McCartney, NASMA Chairperson - profile to follow




Vice-Chair Governance & Operations (vacancy)


Vice-Chair Communications (vacancy)


Vice-Chair Training & Development (TBA)


Sophie Taylor, Vice-Chair Finance

SophieI have worked within welfare and funding in education for over nine years and currently work as the Student Budget Counsellor at University College Birmingham, dealing with both further and higher education students.  I provide advice and guidance on all money matters and manage a range of funds for students facing financial difficulty.  I am currently the point of contact for independent and estranged students and I’m responsible for developing an entry offer that meets their needs.    

I’m entering my second year on the NASMA board, and having held the FE Liaison role previously I am moving into the Vice-Chair Finance role in which I’ll be responsible for NASMA’s financial commitments.  With a strong background in financial reporting I am analytical and accurate in my approach and I am committed to making a success of the role as well as contributing to the wider decision making of the board.  

Having recently graduated with a first class BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice I now have more time to commit to board activities and I’m keen to play a key part in shaping the future of NASMA moving forward. 

Out of work my time is taken up renovating my new house, enjoying holidays in the sun and gardening as I have a passion for all things flowery!  


Northern Ireland Policy (TBA)


Beryl Dixon, Wales Policy

BerylI have worked in the advice sector for over 16 years and have been at Glyndwr University working with students for the last 11 years. I am currently the manager of the Student Funding and Welfare Team and I have recently joined the Board of National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) as Welsh Policy Rep.

At Glyndwr University I manage a small team of people who work primarily with home and EU prospective and current students to inform and assist in applying for their statutory student funding and I also help on a variety of welfare issues including accommodation and money management.

My role within the team centres around IAG on Statutory Student Funding, especially if a student has issues, the responsibility for the distribution of all discretionary student funds including the university hardship fund, Financial Literacy and acting as the main point of contact and mentor for students accessing the University’s Care Leaver Scheme.

Outside of work my main priority is my ever growing family of four children with partners and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren. If I have a spare moment I love to read mainly historical novels and holiday in the sun.

Jude Cringle, England Policy

 I am an experienced Student Welfare Adviser and have been at Middlesex  University since 2001.  Before that I spent three and a half years as a Student Adviser at Newham College FE.  In my current role I provide specialist and confidential advice on a range of topics including student financial support, money management, social security benefits, tax credits, childcare, housing, basic immigration law and general welfare.  The advice is delivered through one-to-one casework, student workshops and targeted events.  

In my role as NASMA England Policy I attend the DWP Operational Stakeholder Engagement Forums and the Improving Communications Group.  I have also attended the DSA Stakeholder Group.  I am a member of the Training and Development Committee and have assisted in finding venues, trainers and supported the NASMA Office during the annual conference.  In addition, I respond to student and policy queries received by the NASMA Office.

My wealth of experience in the sector has allowed me to develop my knowledge based skills as well as practical skills and I hope to bring these to the Board.

Kellie McAlonan, Scotland Policy - profile to follow


Tim Dixon, Campaigns Co-ordinator - profile to follow


Anita Bailey, Financial Capability Champion

Ani BaileyMy name is Ani, and in addition to my role on the NASMA Board as Fin Cap Champion, I am also the Chair of the Financial Capability and Research Working Group.  I am a Student Adviser at Ravensbourne in North Greenwich and have been in this role for over 4 years. My position is a dual role; as well as Finance Support and advice I am also responsible for our Accommodation Services. Over the past few years I have focused on collaborative working, extending resources based on student feedback and have developed projects to improve the services. I enjoy the challenge of working within a creative environment, supporting our diverse student community through money management, money campaigns, funding and advice work.

My role at NASMA has allowed me many opportunities to network with external organisations and to continue to build strong partnerships to benefit our members. This includes our ongoing work with the Money Advice Service as well as representing NASMA as part of the National Strategy for Financial Capability Steering group. We are in the process of planning for the next National Student Money Week and I enjoy working closely with the rest of the group.

 I love music, true crime podcasts, reading and writing short stories. 

FE Liaison (vacancy)




Last Updated: 28 July 2017