Lynne joined Team Toybox in August 2012. Her career to date has involved Marketing, Fundraising, Communications, the leadership of people, the testing of new ideas and concepts coupled with Strategic Thinking. More recently her role at Toybox has developed her knowledge of Governance, Legal and HR issues.
Lynne began her career in the private sector but quickly moved to the third sector which has largely been focussed within international development, starting by working with major donors and institutional grant making bodies at World Vision UK. For twelve years she had the privilege of leading various Marketing, Communication, Behavioural Insights and Fundraising functions within this organisation, leaving in 2010 as the Acting Marketing Director. Before coming to Toybox she led the Marketing and Fundraising team at Spurgeons, implementing a new public engagement strategy.
Lynne joined Toybox with a remit from the Board to create a dynamic charity, fit for the opportunities and challenges facing the sector today. Her most important contribution to Toybox so far has been the creation of a dedicated, independent thinking team prepared to fight for the rights of street children on a daily basis. She has a personal passion to ensure that Toybox has a positive impact on every, single street child we engage with.
To me, courage is about changing yourself.
Graeme joined Toybox in April 2018 after twenty years working in theatre, firstly with Riding Lights in York and most recently as Finance Director at Oxford Playhouse. He is experienced in business partnering; working across departments on strategic and operational decision making and seeking out opportunities for improving performance. He has a passion for making finance understandable to colleagues and a key strategic tool for Toybox.
Graeme is committed to professional development and is currently studying for an MBA through the Open University. He is enjoying wrestling with the application of traditional management theory in the third sector.
Graeme is the organisation's lead for Health and Safety.
Courage for me is choosing to stand up to the powerful with integrity and truth.
Naomi joined Toybox in April 2020, having spent 18 years in the international development sector. Her determination to fight poverty and injustice began at a young age, which was further honed through opportunities overseas during her gap year and at university which gave her insight into the complexities – and joys- of international development.
Naomi went on to spend seven years working in East Africa developing strong skills in programme management, community engagement, leadership, monitoring and evaluation. She has managed multiple large and small programmes in many countries around the world in a variety of sectors including child labour, food security, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS among others- with both international NGOs in the UK and a variety of different organisations overseas.
Naomi is passionate about learning from the key participants of programmes themselves, especially children, and adapting interventions accordingly to make them more effective and inclusive.
Naomi is the organisation's lead for Safeguarding.
To me, courage is about stepping out of your comfort zone and making hard decisions – for the better good.
Naomi joined Toybox in September 2013. As a skilled marketer and fundraiser, she has specialist knowledge in Philanthropic Giving, Supporter Care, Event Management and Data Management with additional expertise on recruiting new supporters to join the dedicated Toybox community. Additionally she is skilled in creating the most cost effective processes, helping Toybox to be as efficient as possible. She is also a skilled leader, developing people to reach their full potential and achieve excellent results.
Naomi has worked in the Third Sector since 2003, always within the Marketing and Fundraising sphere, she has worked for both UK and international agencies. Her most important contribution to Toybox is the creation and ongoing development of a Marketing and Fundraising team focused on delivering results for the biggest impact and best possible service to all our Toybox supporters.
To me, being courageous means breaking all the rules for all the right reasons!