Management Team & Trustees

Management Team



Interim Chief Executive
Adele Bryant
Rothesay Court Service Manager
Jean Lawton
Catherine Court Service Manager
Steph Hughes
Finance Manager
Nikki Evans
Rothesay Court Senior Family Practitioner
Ellen Adams
Fundraiser
Chris Belyavin
Catherine Court Senior Family Practitioner
Kayleigh Williamson
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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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Anne-Marie Tierney - Treasurer

Anne Marie is a financial accountant for a communications company. She has worked in accountancy for over 30 years and still enjoys enabling the business to make good financial decisions based on accurate figures. She is married and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Anne Marie said “I was approached for the role as trustee for Gingerbread and knowing a small amount about the charity decided to see what is was they actually stood for, a decision I’ve never regretted. The work of the charity is amazing bringing a light to the end of a dark tunnel for many families.”



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Leanne Kerry

Leanne is a Management Consultant who specialises in customer experience and continuous improvement, with a background in both public and private sector industries including having previously worked in social housing.

Leanne joined the Board having volunteered for the charity. Leanne said “the best thing about being a trustee is the ability to ‘give back’, and shape the lives and improve the outcomes of people accessing Gingerbread services. I’m really proud to play a small part within a charity with such a great ethos and strong values.”



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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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Jacqui Riley

Jacqui has worked in various roles within housing for over 25 years. She was born in Stoke-on-Trent and apart from 3 years working in Warrington managing a Housing Advice Centre, she has always worked in her home city. Jacqui has a great interest in housing legislation, along with legislation affecting children in care and care leavers.

Unfortunately, she had an accident in 2014 which prevents her currently from working, however she is excited to dip her toe in the water with her role as a Trustee with The Gingerbread Centre.



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Farah Mendlesohn

Farah is a retired academic and a charity development manager.

She still remembers how much support The Gingerbread Centre provided her mother in the early 1970s.



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Adele Wakefield

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Emma Williams

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