Management Team & Trustees

Management Team



Chief Executive Officer

Ann Ewens

Service Manager

Steph Hughes

Finance Manager
Nikki Evans
Rothesay Court Senior Family Practitioner
Helen McNicol-Buckley
Fundraiser
Chris Belyavin
Catherine Court Senior Family Practitioner
Katie Johnson
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Board of Trustees



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Ele Morrissey - Chair

Ele is a Global HR Director with over 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors. She brings a knowledge of HR, Employment Law, Continuous Improvement and Digital Transformation to her role.

Ele has been with Gingerbread since 2016, and became Chair in 2019. She lives locally with her family.



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Fiona Miller 

Fiona had been supporting local charities informally for a number of years, before joining the Board of Trustees in September 2019. Alongside supporting on strategic direction, Fiona also supports the operational team with marketing strategy.

Fiona has worked in the field of marketing for over 15 years and it’s a huge passion of hers. Her experience is a real fusion, which includes working for the media, a stint in private sector and running her own business. 



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Jack Brereton

Jack is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent South. He was first elected in 2017 and was re-elected in 2019. He was born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, and lives locally with his wife Laura and their son William.

Before taking his seat in Parliament he was a councillor at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, where he was the cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage. In this role, he was responsible for delivering £500 million of investment into Stoke-on-Trent to improve local infrastructure.

He has also served as a governor at Hillside Primary School.



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Adele Wakefield

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Emma Williams

Emma is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist who has worked in prisons, with both adults and young people, and is currently leading a team providing therapeutic services for a national Residential Therapeutic Childcare provider.  Emma lives locally with her husband and two children.

Emma made the decision to join the Board due to understanding on both a personal and professional level the impact that early trauma and adversity can have for individuals, families, and communities.  Additionally, being from Stoke-on-Trent supporting a charity with the ethos and commitment that The Gingerbread Centre demonstrates in supporting local families is close to her heart.



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Malcolm Jolliffe

Malcolm is an experienced Finance Director, who has operated in both the public and private sectors and in the UK and abroad.

He is a recent Trustee appointment and looking forward to using his experience to support the Charity.

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Paul Willstead

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