Think Children Board Members

Jenny Gadsby FMAAT


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


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


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


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


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.

Adam Littler


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.

Christine Snowdin


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).

Hazel Parsons Cert. Ed.


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.