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.

Fran Parry

Interim Chair

Fran is a leader and strategist with 30 years’ experience across private, voluntary and public sector organisations. She led the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) through its early development phase as Chair and was instrumental in the design and foundation of the Institute of Employability Professionals as a Board member and Chair. Until 2015 Fran was a Board and Executive Director at CESI, where she led on communications, new business and partnerships. Subsequently she has run her own consultancy business. Now semi-retired Fran remains an Associate Director of the Learning and Work Institute and the Transform Lives Company. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the IEP.

Charlotte Thorne

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

Joyce Materego

Trustee

Joyce is Director of Finance and Resources of SignHealth, the UK charity works for the Deaf community in the UK to improve the health and wellbeing of Deaf people.

She joined SignHealth in July 2020, is responsible for the objective to strengthen the organisation as part of SignHealth’s 3 year plan; and has day to day duty for overseeing the charity’s finances and resources (including people).

Prior to joining SignHealth, Joyce worked for CPAG which works for families in the UK to prevent and end poverty among children and families with children and 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.

Alison Taylor

Trustee

Alison is Chief Executive of Carers First; a charity working directly with and for unpaid carers, to provide personalised information, advice and support – making it easier for those caring for someone else to continue living their lives to the fullest. Alison has worked in the charity sector, in local authorities and in health over the last thirty years. Prior to Carers First, Alison was Director of Operations at the awarding winning charity, Turn2us, which she joined at its inception.

Alison believes passionately in Gingerbread’s work with single parents to raise their profile and access to support, so all families can thrive.

Diane Gault

Trustee

Diane has worked in the charitable sector for more years than she cares to admit to. Principally a fundraiser by background, Diane has for the last 17 years held senior leadership roles working across fundraising, membership, digital, external communications, marketing and campaigns. Diane has a particular passion for supporting children and young people to overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives and to fulfil their potential and also for social justice and making the world a better place. Diane holds a BA (Joint Honours) in History and Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Diane’s understanding of issues facing single parent families and arises from being close to the experiences of her own mother and sister, who were both single parents.

Jasmin Choudhury

Trustee

Passionate about improving the lives of single parents, young people and their families, Jasmin believes that the most vulnerable people in society deserve the best support, both at home and in education- so that they can succeed, whatever their circumstances.

Currently, Jasmin works freelance as an education consultant. She is a former deputy headteacher and also advises on various public sector panels. Jasmin aims to work with Gingerbread in campaigning and helping us further our goals. As a single parent herself and a foster carer, she loves spending time with her family who keep her on her toes!

Jasmin has known about Gingerbread’s journey since being a student, and knows about its community and our journey and ambitions.

Jake Dyer

Trustee

Jake has extensive business, integrated marketing and digital experience across the B2B and B2C spectrum in various commercial and strategy leadership roles. This spans the big networks Omnicom and LBi, the micro B2B network gyro and MD of independent boutique service design consultancy, we are experience.

He is also a guest marketing lecturer, business and personal development mentor for various universities, charities and bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Evangelos Raptis

Treasurer

Evangelos is a finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in the private sector. He has worked as an investment banker in the City of London, venture capitalist in California and Finance Director in various technology companies across Europe.

Evangelos is also passionate about all things around parenting and parenthood. He is the proud father of an adopted son and works as a family counselor, supporting parents in his private practice and various not for profit settings. Evangelos is registered with UKCP and the CNHC.

Tina Hamilton

Trustee

Tina has a Bachelor of Education and spent 7 years working as a teacher and senior leader before embarking on nineteen years as a British diplomat. Having been raised in a single parent family that relied on benefits, Tina remembers attending monthly Gingerbread events as a teenager. These events helped her to realise there were others in the same position and that she was not alone, particularly as she was the only child at her school from a single parent family. She is excited by the opportunity to give back to Gingerbread 35 years later as a Trustee.

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