The chairman of the Diss, Thetford and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has been toppled by the charity’s own membership.
David Sice, chairman of the bureau’s trustees, was voted out in a motion to remove him heard at the charity’s annual general meeting in Thetford on Tuesday night.
Many members had disagreed strongly with some of the policy decisions and lack of detail put forward by Mr Sice, beginning last year with a proposal to dissolve the charity and transfer its assets to the wider Norfolk CAB.
The Diss Express reported last week that charity member Jacob Ecclestone, of Diss, had tabled the motion for the AGM and needed a simple majority of members to back it in order for it to carry.
It is understood the voting was 19-12 in favour of Mr Ecclestone’s motion, meaning Mr Sice had to step down.
The charity has 41 members from the district, from individuals to organisations.
Mr Ecclestone said after the meeting: “The overriding lesson to be learned from this difficult period is that the trustees have to trust the members. They have to be open and straightforward and explain to members what they are doing.”
Tony Palmer, another member, as well as a councillor for Diss at both town and district council level, also voted to remove Mr Sice. He said: “I found it a very hard thing to do, but it just had to be done. There was so much uncertainty and a lack of transparency.”
The Diss Express attempted to contact Mr Sice, but had no response.
The national Citizens Advice body stressed that the development in no way affects the service offered by the Diss or Thetford bureaux and that the service, which helps people with money, legal and other problems, was operating normally. A spokesman said: “As a result of changes on the trustee board, establishing a new board will be a priority in the coming weeks. Once this new board is in place the new trustees will reflect on the meeting’s views and respond accordingly.”