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. 

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, she enjoys time at cinema and theatre, eating out, relaxing at home, and she obtained a scuba diving licence.  

Jim Gould - Director

During his career Jim was employed as a business development adviser to the construction and building services industries. His primary responsibilities were to assist smaller enterprises in the development of their businesses, and to ensure that they met sound operational and nationally accredited standards especially when assessed against ISO 9001 criteria. His qualifications in business administration and auditing proved invaluable in meeting these demands. In his latter career he motivated a regional team that provided customer support and was responsible for recruitment to a leading trade association. Jim has a keen interest in the work of Think Children which he believes offers tremendous support to young children who are experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties.

Rebecca Maxwell M.Sc - Director

Rebecca has been involved with Think Children since 1992, 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 initial 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).

Adam Littler - Director

Adam was previously involved with Think Children in 2012 while continuing a career in the NHS, this gave him operational insight into Think Children. With 10 years working within the health sector and being active in the charity sector Adam is currently a Divisional General Manager for an acute NHS Foundation Trust. Adam holds a Business Degree, Post-Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Service Improvement and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics.

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 held several academic roles over the years, including Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) children and young people’s research theme; and Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Janine is currently employed as a Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Heath Sciences at Loughborough University. Her work focuses on the health and well-being experiences of children and young people, particularly those from marginalised groups, in education settings. Janine provides professional guidance to the Trustees and staff of Think Children especially around issues to do with evidence gathering and review.