Our board of trustees is vital to the success of Gingerbread. Our trustees are experts from a range of fields who give up their time freely to help us successfully support single parents. Many also have experience of being a single parent or growing up in a single parent family.

The board is responsible for helping us set our long-term strategy and ensuring that Gingerbread’s operations and governance comply with our charitable aims and regulatory requirements.

Jonathan Welfare


Following a career in the public, private, and charitable sectors, Jonathan was Chief Executive of Elizabeth Finn Care between 1998 and 2010. Whilst at Elizabeth Finn Care he originated and established Turn2Us; a web-based charity designed to help those in financial hardship access the financial assistance available to them.

Jonathan has been a charity trustee for over 40 years, most recently as Chairman of the Nominet Trust and as a trustee of The Oxford Trust. He has raised over £100 million for charitable and public sector projects.

Charlotte Thorne

Deputy Chair

Charlotte is a founding partner and since 2006, director of Capital Generation Partners LLP, an investment advisory and asset management business serving ultra-high net worth clients, foundations and endowments.

Her role encompasses strategic planning for the firm, running the non-investment processes of the firm including all corporate governance structures, compliance, HR, audit, and reporting and leading the business development, marketing and PR function.  Charlotte is a single mum.

George Coleman


George is the founder and president of Creation, a global marketing communications agency. He is a CIPR Chartered Practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience advising blue-chip brands on communications strategy and reputation management. Creation is part of the Interpublic Group of companies (NYSE: IPG) and has 40+ offices around the world.

Sir Martin Donnelly


Martin is a high-profile UK official whose career across central Government, starting in the Treasury to Whitehall leadership at Permanent Secretary level, has connected closely with business decision makers in the UK and internationally. He was Policy Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at the Home Office and led the Treasury teams controlling defence spending and managing European monetary issues. He has served as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Joyce Materego


Joyce is Director of Finance and Resources of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which works for families in the UK to prevent and end poverty among children and families with children.

She joined CPAG in January 2016 and has day to day responsibility for overseeing the charity’s finances and resources. Prior to joining CPAG, Joyce worked in various financial and accountancy roles in the charity sector, she has also worked in the book publishing industry. Joyce has been a single parent since 2008. She is also an avid collector of music and lover of the arts, cooking, travelling and languages.

Fran Parry


Fran is a leader and strategist with 30 years’ experience across private, voluntary and public sector organisations. Until 2015 Fran was a Board and Executive Director at CESI, where she led on communications, new business and partnerships.

Fran is the owner and MD of Bright Sparks Consultancy and an Associate Director of YEUK, PublicCo, the Learning & Work Institute and the Transform Lives Company.  She is also a trustee at Fair Train and is a Co-Director of WhatWorksInclusion.

Alison Taylor


Alison is Director of Operations at Turn2us, a UK charity helping millions of people in financial hardship. Alison joined Turn2us in 2008 at its inception and is responsible for the planning, delivery and leadership of the charity’s online, contact centre, face to face and direct grant services.

Alison has almost thirty years’ experience of working in the third sector, local government and in community health developing new services, leading improvements across a range of settings and managing change across organisations. Alison is also a trustee of ACO and Fair for You.

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