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

Chair

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.

Jenny van Krieken Robson MBE

Deputy Chair

Jenny has worked in children’s services for 25 years, initially as a teacher and then a manager and leader of integrated children's services.  Most recently Jenny worked as the Area and Practice Improvement Director at The Children's Society.  She has broad experience in working with children and families facing challenges in accessing public services and involving them in service re-design and evaluation.

Jenny lectures at the University of East London following her research into practitioners' engagement with equality, justice and human rights.

Jeremy Simpson

Treasurer

Jeremy is Chief Financial Officer of Lakehouse plc, the FTSE SmallCap asset end energy support services group, which works predominantly with social housing providers. Jeremy joined Lakehouse in April 2014 and has day-to-day responsibility for overseeing the Group’s finance and ICT functions.

Prior to joining Lakehouse, Jeremy held a number of senior financial positions with other companies, including the Shanks, Hunting and Smiths Group.

Victoria Benson

Trustee

Head of the Legal and Governance 10 person team at MacMillan Cancer Support since 2006, Victoria has previously worked as a Solicitor for Slaughter and May, Bristows and Charles Russell.

Her current responsibilities cover governance and regulatory issues including compliance on Data Protection, Safeguarding, Charity Commission, Money Laundering, Anti- Bribery Policy, ethical policy, trademarks, pensions, and advising all parts of the charity (1000 employees plus volunteers) on legal issues and commercial agreements.

Lily Caprani

Trustee

Lily is Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF UK where she leads public policy, political and communications strategy and child rights programmes and is responsible for some major fundraising partnerships. She has spent over a decade as a social justice campaigner, media commentator and fundraiser for national and international NGOs. She specialises in human rights and children’s issues, having been an advisor to the Children’s Commissioner for England and Director of Strategy for The Children’s Society. Lily started her career in frontline mental health and child protection services, before running a busy caseload in a community law practice. For several years, Lily was a single parent and now lives with her husband and teenage son in London.

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.

Sir Martin Donnelly

Trustee

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.

Mary Lumetta

Trustee

Mary holds dual US/British citizenship and has been living in London since 2000.  She came to London to join Deutsche Bank as a Director of eCommerce development. After leaving Deutsche Bank, Mary worked in Paris for one of France’s leading Software and Technology firms before moving back to London to join Citigroup.

As Head of Product Transformation, Mary defined and executed global initiatives aimed at improving business efficiencies.  Mary is currently an Account Delivery Executive with Microsoft Consulting Services.

Joyce Materego

Trustee

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.

Patrick Mears

Trustee

Patrick is a solicitor who spent 32 years with international law firm Allen & Overy LLP practicing as a corporate tax lawyer. Following his retirement from Allen & Overy in 2012, Patrick has undertaken a “second career” providing assistance in the third and public sectors.

He is Chair of HMRC’s independent General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) Advisory Panel and Chair of the Alumni Association at the London School of Economics . Following the untimely death of his wife shortly after their daughter was born, Patrick was a single parent for 8 years.

Fran Parry

Trustee

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.

Wendy Scott

Trustee

Wendy is Director, Institutional Client & Credit Management at the Royal Bank of Canada. She has extensive experience in the City in various senior financial services roles including business development and relationship management.

Wendy is a passionate advocate of the rights of children and women, serving several years as Chair of Hackney Quest and trustee at Rights of Women.

Alison Taylor

Trustee

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.

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.

Dr Wanda Wyporska

Trustee

Wanda is Executive Director of The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce economic and social inequality in the UK. Previously, she spent a decade working in the trade union movement on child poverty, education and equality policy. Wanda grew up in a single parent family and is a writer and activist.

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