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Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do and are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. At Tree of Hope, the day to day running of the charity is delegated to Gill Gibb, our CEO, and her team. All the key decisions and strategic direction are the responsibility of the Trustees, alongside ensuring the good financial state of the charity. Gill helps and contributes to the discussions and decisions made.

Our Trustees do this role voluntarily, giving up their own time to use their skills and experience to help us be the best we can be – all are motivated by a keen desire to help others and give back.


Gill Gibb, CEO

Gill has been working with Tree of Hope since November 2015 and leads the team with day to day operations and works with the Board to implement strategy. Gill has worked for 30 years...

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Lee Vallins, Deputy CEO / Head of Family Support

Lee has worked within the voluntary and statutory sector for most of his career. Working with Large national charities such as the British Red Cross and National Federation of Young Farmers’ clubs, and smaller...

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Dave Grist, Finance Manager

Dave started with Tree of Hope in April 2016 and manages all the financial elements of the charity, the audits and the investments. Dave is supported by an Accounts Officer and an Accounts Receivable...

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Kate Bourne, Fundraising Manager

Kate Bourne joined Tree of Hope in February 2017 . She will work alongside Emma Bourne who is currently on maternity leave and also a Fundraising Manager at Tree of Hope as they strengthen their...

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Emma Bourne, Fundraising Manager

Emma, specialising in Trust and Foundations has been with Tree of Hope since January 2016 and works to raise funds for Tree of Hope generally and assists families with their fundraising campaigns and queries.

Kevin Werry, Chairman - Trustee

Kevin chairs the Board of Trustees and has done so since April 2015. His background is telecoms, regulation and audit and he volunteers for Kent Search and Rescue, Kent Bloodbank and is a School...

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Pip Lightbody, Deputy Chairman - Trustee

Pip is recently retired from the insurance industry and is well known for his establishment of Funraisers who run the extremely successful Bewl Dragon Boat races. Pip chairs our Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

Rob Lay, Trustee

Rob joined the Board in October 2016 and is recently retired from a career in asset management with responsibility for 10 country operations with multi faceted operational, marketing, HR, key stakeholder and PR developments....

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Tim Daplyn, Trustee

Tim joined the Board in December 2016 and is a successful international entrepreneur, most recently establishing a highly respected full-service research and consulting business specialising in student and youth markets, Redbrick Media Group Ltd....

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Alex Noble, Trustee

Alexandra is an Independent Consultant in the Financial Services sector, operating both in the UK and Internationally. Noble & Associates is an independent advisory business, undertaking Marketing, Management and Investment Consultancy work in the...

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Charlotte Eberlein, Trustee

Charlotte joined the Board in September 2017 and is Head of Marketing and Business Development for a large regional law firm. Charlotte attends our Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

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