Toybox staff profiles
Toybox employs staff teams in the UK and Costa Rica partnering front-line organisations, including Viva, working with children in the cities of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru and Bolivia.
Chief Executive Lynne Morris heads up a team of:
- Ian Gray - International Programmes Director
- Caroline Taylor - Director of Finance & Support Services
- Stephen Thorn - Director of Marketing & Fundraising
- Gerry Austin - Communications Manager
- Jenny Baker - Supporter Relations Coordinator
- Colin Bradley - Finance Assistant
- Mel Criddle - Child Sponsorship Coordinator
- Emma Giles - Telephone Team
- Joey Hunt - Telephone Team
- Claire Kennedy - Suppporter Relations Coordinator
- Rebecca Low - International Grants Coordinator
- Sarah Mist - Fundraising Manager
- Christine Morris - Events and Church Partnerships Coordinator
- Sarah Steel - Legacies Coordinator
- Annie Winterbourn - PA to Lynne Morris
Lynne Morris: "I joined the Toybox Team in August 2012 with a remit from the Board to take a dynamic and growing charity and to build on this success. My personal passion is to ensure that Toybox has a positive impact on every, single street child we engage with. My background has been largely in international development, starting by working with major donors and institutional grant making bodies at World Vision UK. For twelve years I had the privilege of leading various functions within this organisation. Before coming to Toybox I led the marketing and fundraising team at Spurgeons. My career to date has involved the leadership of people and the testing of new ideas and concepts coupled with strategic thinking. I am so privileged to be the CEO of Toybox, what a joy to use your professional skills to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our world – street children."
Ian Gray joined Toybox in January 2013 from World Vision UK where he has served in senior roles for a number of years, most recently as Associate Director, Policy and Programme Innovation.
During a decade with World Vision, Ian has been a key player in the development of their strategy in the UK. He also led the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs team.
Ian has a wealth of experience in supporting child focused development, humanitarian and policy work, including with street children in Kenya, Australia and the UK.
With responsibility for all Toybox International Programmes across Latin America, Ian will also be tasked with identifying new cities and countries where the expertise of the charity can help reach even more street children who need help and support.
Caroline Taylor (BSc (Hons) FCA DchA) joined the Toybox team as Director of Finance and Support Services at the end of 2008. After graduating from York University with a degree in Mathematics with Economics, Caroline qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the London office of Robson Rhodes. Following a time in the Business Support Group Caroline then worked as Management Accountant for the Cheshire Building Society for 6 years before joining the charity sector in 1993. Caroline worked with Operation Mobilisation for 10 years as Area Finance Officer for Western Europe and Head of Finance for the UK Office. Recent experience has included working with Turning Point and Manchester YMCA. In 2007 Caroline was awarded the Diploma in Charity Finance by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Caroline is married to Roger and has one son, Matt, who is studying at York University. Caroline is a part of Grace Church Milton Keynes and is a companion with the Northumbria Community. In her spare time Caroline enjoys quilting, reading, eating out and then going to the gym to use up the calories..
Stephen Thorn has been Director of Marketing and Fundraising since January 2010. Prior to joining Toybox Stephen ran a marketing consultancy in his home village of Ashwell, Hertfordshire specialising in the education, technology and professional service markets. Stephen has over 15 years marketing, sales and business development experience in a wide range of organisations including publishing, interior design, further education and scientific software. Married to Suzie and with four children (Anna, Ben, Lily and Joe) Stephen has a MSc in NGO Management, is a Charted Marketer and member of the Institute of Fundraising as well as Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Charity Group.