About us

Meet the Pennies team

We are run by a small but dedicated team of staff from a huge range of backgrounds and sectors who are helping make the Pennies movement a reality.

Alison Hutchinson
Alison Hutchinson CBE

Chief Executive Officer

Alison has headed up Pennies since day one. Alison also holds Non-Executive positions at Aviva Life Holdings UK Ltd and Yorkshire Building Society, is a Trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation, and once held the Guinness World Record for the longest stretching of a Curly Wurly.

Paul Seaman
Paul Seaman

Head of Hospitality, Travel and Leisure

Paul looks after our existing, new and prospective partners in the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors, as well as anything which isn’t considered pure “retail”. He has been involved with charities for almost 50 years having run his first fundraising event when he was 10!

Neil Ambrose
Neil Ambrose

Systems Manager

Neil is responsible for designing, building and managing Pennies Back Office systems. Having worked previously at BBC Worldwide and UBS he has over twenty years’ experience in IT but still struggles to operate his mobile phone.

Jolanta Knysz
Jolanta Knysz

Management Accountant

Jolanta is responsible for managing the company’s accounts, including preparing, developing and analysing Pennies’ key financial information. Outside working hours, Jolanta is studying to become a professional accountant and also enjoys cross country cycling (but only when it’s not raining).

Rozi Collier
Rozi Collier

Marketing and Communications Manager

Rozi is responsible for the Pennies brand, website and charity relationships, with several years’ experience in the charity and retail sectors. When not designing Pennies marketing materials, Rozi can be found discussing Marvel superheroes with anyone who will listen.

Gemma Whittle
Gemma Whittle

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Gemma is our Office Manager and assistant to Alison, CEO of Pennies. She also helps organise and manage all Pennies events and supports the day to day running of each department. Gemma has recently joined her local WI and is now on a quest to make the perfect Victoria sponge.

Ann Tomsett
Ann Tomsett

Commercial Director

Ann is a corporate lawyer and prior to joining Pennies, she was Group Legal Director of FTSE financial services company Kensington Group plc. Along with Finance Director Peter Nugent and CEO Alison Hutchinson, Ann was there for the genesis of the Pennies movement, back in 2008.

Carolyn Simons
Carolyn Simons

Head of Retail

Carolyn is responsible for retailer engagement at Pennies. This follows a long career in retail including roles as MD of Homestyle Group PLC (now Steinhoff UK Retail PLC), Commercial Director at Homebase, and recent non-executive roles in fashion, retail and healthcare. Having joined Pennies in 2009, Carolyn is one of the longest serving members of the team.

Jonny Sokal
Jonny Sokal

Product Manager

Jonny is responsible for our portfolio of Pennies products across all commerce channels. Jonny joined the Pennies team in 2012 having previously worked in higher education, science and law enforcement. You might not be able to tell by looking at him but Jonny averages three lunches per day!

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Peter Nugent

Finance Director

Peter is one of the original brains behind the Pennies movement, and is also a trustee of Pennies. Peter has previously held senior roles at Puzzler Media Ltd, Esso Petroleum Ireland and Arthur Young Ireland (now Ernst & Young).  Peter is the number one consumer of the biscuits supplied by Andy in the Pennies office, for which he is eternally grateful!

Chris Gombio
Chris Gombio

IT Support Analyst

Chris is responsible for processing the donations files into the Pennies back office system (PODS) and the creation of intelligent reports. Out of work you’ll catch Chris working on small projects or in the gym as a recreational powerlifter.

Rob Dyson
Rob Dyson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Rob heads up the Marketing and Communications team at Pennies, and is responsible for public relations strategy for the digital charity box. Rob has worked in the charity sector for 16 years, and is an ex trustee of CharityComms. One out of five times he makes a passable cup of tea.

Caroline Osborne
Caroline Osborne

Marketing Volunteer

Caroline has a part time role at Pennies as our Marketing Volunteer, offering strategic advice and operational support regarding brand, digital and communications. Caroline, a senior marketing professional, also spends a lot of time chasing after her wayward Golden Retriever.


Join the Pennies family

Pennies is staffed by a small team of highly motivated and talented individuals whom together help deliver Pennies, the digital charity box.

Some of our team are full time staff, some part time and some are volunteers. From time to time we’ll advertise roles we’re seeking to recruit for here.

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