The Think Children Board

Ian Collinson BA Hons Sociology and Politics - Chair

Ian worked as a social worker in Nottingham 1975-1979, qualifying in 1977. He returned to social work in 2010 with Nottingham City Council, working in children's safeguarding, where he first came across Think Children.  Impressed by our approach, he contacted us on his retirement in June 2014 to offer his services.Ian also has experience as a managing director in the commercial print industry and currently runs Weathervane Press, a regional fiction publisher which he founded in 2009 with the aim of publishing the work of local authors.  Ian was born in Nottingham and lived there for most of his life, moving to Newark in 2010. 

Richard Stone LLB, LLM, FRSA - Company Secretary

Richard has had a 40 year career in Higher Education, lecturing in law at a variety of institutions in the East Midlands and London. He also has management experience, having been Head of Department or Dean in most of these institutions, including Leicester University, Nottingham Trent University, the Inns of Court School of Law and most recently, the University of Lincoln. He retired in the summer of 2014, but has the status of Emeritus Professor of Law and Human Rights at Lincoln. Richard’s particular interests lie in the areas of human rights, and contract law, and he enjoys using his expertise in these areas for the benefit of Think Children.

Jenny Gadsby FMAAT - Treasurer

Born in Lincoln, Jenny went to work in the family firm, a retail business, for 25 years, before branching out and starting an accounting company called Yours 4 A Day Ltd, now based in Newark.  Jenny now employs five people with two self-employed chartered accountants who work two days a week, gained the AAT qualification and has since become an FMAAT. When not with her animals or working spends time at cinema and theatre, eating out, relaxing at home and obtained a scuba diving licence a couple of years ago.  

Jim Gould - Director

Until recent retirement Jim was a Membership Development Advisor for the Building and Engineering Services Association. He was responsible for analysing the situation, arriving at solutions to remedy it and delivering the programme.  He also maintained the operational and quality procedures to ISO 9001 standards, the development of compliance guidance, motivated a regional team that provided customer support and marketed the product.  Jim is also Vice-chair of Fernwood Parish Council, Secretary to the Residents Association, Secretary to the Sports team, as well as Treasurer to the Newark branch of the Liberal Democrats.  Since retirement Jim enjoys spending more time on his hobbies such as Nordic walking and chess. Jim believes Think Children is an exceptionally good cause. 

Rebecca Maxwell M.Sc - Director

Rebecca has been involved with Think Children for 23 years, initially as a client before moving to be a junior group leader and then a young person's representative on the Management Committee. Rebecca became a Trustee in 2000, has spent seven years working as an HR advisor in the NHS and is now an operational manager within the NHS. Rebecca holds both a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and M.Sc in Strategic Personnel & Development.

Sarah Toft-Brown BA (Hons), MA, DClinPsy - Director

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS with adults experiencing chronic and severe mental health problems. She joined Think Children in 2012 in recognition of the importance of promoting preventative work with children's emerging difficulties. Sarah has experience working therapeutically, alongside clinical and research skills which the charity can benefit from in its further development.

John Fuller BA (Economics), FCIPD - Director

John is an ex DWP Senior Civil Servant with a career starting in the private sector in HR and moving through Employment and Education Departments, and Cabinet Office, before final full-time post of Strategy Director at the Independent Living Fund. Having taken voluntary exit from ILF in 2011 and having a young family and a desire to continue to contribute and learn, John’s role as Director at Think Children makes use of his previous professional experience in new ways and in a new sector.

Christine Snowdin - Director

Christine worked for Think Children as an Emotional Wellbeing Facilitator for over four years so has valuable front line experience. She was also a valuable member of the working party that performed the charity's level 1 PQASSO self assessment.

 Christine is a qualified teacher and has attended courses on safeguarding children and developing relationships with children. She has been a volunteer on the Parentline Helpline for one year, and has also worked as an administrator and tutor at Nottingham Mencap, (Lifestyle Choices and Short Breaks).

Hazel Parsons Cert. Ed. - Director

Hazel has had 36 years experience teaching in Secondary Education; 26 of which were in Newark schools with the final 14 years in Senior Management as a Deputy Headteacher. She has been a Governor of both secondary and primary schools in the area. Skills developed in working with pupils and their families, liaising with many outside agencies and organising events have been utilised during retirement in working within organisations for the benefit of a number of charities concerning the welfare of children. 

Janine Coates BA (Hons), PGCert, PhD. - Pro-Bono Clinical Consultant

Janine joined Think Children as Clinical Consultant in October 2010. She has worked as a Research Fellow in the Children and Young People's Theme at the University of Nottingham Collaborations for Leadership in Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). She is currently a Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, mainly teaching Developmental Psychology.

Janine provides professional clinical guidance to the Trustees and staff of Think Children.