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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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Dave Grist, Head of Finance & IT

Dave started with Tree of Hope in April 2016 and manages all the financial and IT elements of the charity, audits and investments. Dave is supported by an Accounts Manager who works to service...

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Oliver Thorneycroft, Finance Manager

Oliver is Tree of Hope's Finance Manager. Oliver works alongside our Head of Finance & IT, Dave, and together they work with suppliers and ensure the families accounts are managed efficiently, that all your...

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Georgina Lowry, Head of Marketing & Family Support

Georgie is our Head of Marketing and Family Support and has been working with Tree of Hope since July 2016. Georgie is responsible for developing Tree of Hope's brand awareness, leading on marketing, social...

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Caroline Candler, Family Support Officer

Caroline joined Tree of Hope as our Family Support Officer in November 2019 and feels passionately about supporting families who need our help. Caroline helps with all new and existing enquiries from families and...

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Stephanie Carlyon, Marketing & Family Support Officer

Steph joined Tree of Hope in November 2020, working alongside Georgie and Caroline as our Marketing and Family Support Officer. Steph works with our new and existing families, offering fundraising advice and inspiration as...

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Karen Warner, Head of Fundraising

Karen has been working in the voluntary sector for the past 15 years and has an extensive background in Fundraising including community, corporate, events and trust and foundations. Karen has worked for the likes...

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Joe Wells, Fundraising Officer

In March 2021, Joe joined the Tree of Hope team, working as an Interim Fundraising Manager whilst Emma was on maternity leave, but we’re delighted that he will be staying on with us, working...

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Emma Bourne, Head of Fundraising - Trust and Foundations

Emma has been with Tree of Hope since January 2016 and works to develop relationships with funders and managing all applications to raise funds for Tree of Hope general funds, specialising in Trust and...

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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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Alex Noble, Deputy Chairman, Trustee

Alexandra of Noble & Associates is an Independent Consultant in the Financial Services sector, operating both in the UK and Internationally. She is particularly interested in medical and children’s issues, currently acting as an...

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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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Sean Thompson, Trustee

Sean is Managing Director of investment research firm CAMRADATA. Sean has always had a great interest and passion for charitable organisations, helping make a positive impact on the lives of others and has taken...

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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.

Beth Dunmall, Trustee

In her day job, Beth is a consultant to trustees of large UK pension schemes and brings her experience of working with trustee boards to the Tree of Hope team. She attends the Fundraising...

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Laura Smith, Trustee

Laura is a Lecturer in Psychology based at the University of Kent. She conducts research into cognition and mental health and works with people with different neurological conditions.  Laura has been a member of...

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