Who we are

Roger Darlington, Chairman & Trustee

Roger Darlington

Roger Darlington

Since he took early retirement from his full-time employment as Head of Research at the Communication Workers Union, Roger Darlington has spent 14 years as a part-time portfolio worker representing consumers in regulated sectors. He has served on a variety of bodies including Postwatch, Consumer Focus, Communications Consumer Panel, Consumer Forum for Communications, DCMS Consumer Expert Group, 4G/TV Coexistence Oversight Board, Tinder Foundation, Internet Watch Foundation, Nominet Policy Stakeholder Committee, EE External Advisory Board, Citizens Advice Post Offices Advisory Group, and South East Water Customer Challenge Group/Customer Panel. He became Chair of the Essential Services Access Network in January 2016.

Matthew Vaughan-Wilson, Vice-Chairman & Trustee

Matt Vaughan-Wilson

Matt Vaughan-Wilson

Matt Vaughan Wilson is Partnerships Manager at the Money Advice Trust. Prior to joining the Trust, Matt worked in teaching and research roles at the University of Birmingham, where he completed a PhD in History. Matt worked as a money adviser at National Debtline for several years, before moving into policy and business development roles for the Money Advice Trust. His key areas of interest are the energy and water sectors and small businesses as consumers, particularly in relation to debt and financial difficulty.

Paul Sahota, Treasurer & Trustee

Paul Sahota

Paul Sahota

Paul Joined ESAN in April 2016. Paul’s career spans over 25 years in the financial services sector across insurance, banking and asset management. Paul has extensive experience of financial services products, regulation, risk and conduct/compliance issues in the sector. Paul advises senior management teams on key aspects of strategy, financial/commercial performance, corporate governance, risk management and ultimately helps guide committees and boards to achieve strategic objectives. He has held senior positions at market leading product and service providers such as Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva and Legal & General, and in a consulting capacity with Deloitte, KPMG and British Standards.

Paul is a non-executive director at SATRO, a charitable organisation promoting science, technology and maths in schools and colleges. Paul holds a BA in Business Studies, an MA in Strategic Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Member of the Institute of Risk Management.

Kathie Clark, Trustee

Kathie Clark, ESAN Trustee

Kathie Clark, ESAN Trustee

Kathie is the Corporate Development Manager for Turn2us – a charity that fights UK poverty by providing access to benefits, grants and other forms of support to people who are struggling financially.  Kathie’s role is to work with organisations that provide essential services and to link people in need to help and support available from these service suppliers. She is currently developing a vulnerable customer strategy to ensure that people in need maintain financial stability and do not face escalating financial problems. Previous roles include Head of Business Development at legal advice charity LawWorks, Commercial Officer for Cycling UK,  Contracts Manager for the Legal Services Commission and Manager of a debt advice centre for Citizens Advice.  As chair of the London Money Advice Association (now the Institute of Money Advisers), Kathie wrote the first code of practice for money advisers. Kathie was appointed as an ESAN Trustee in July 2016

Rosalind Stevens, ESAN coordinator

Rosalind Stevens

Rosalind Stevens

Rosalind has substantial senior policy experience in regulation and consumer affairs operating in UK, European and global markets.   Rosalind edits the monthly members’  newsletter, manages membership, meetings and the ESAN website. Rosalind can be contacted by email.