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Our management team

The Chief Executive, supported by our small executive team drawn from a range of backgrounds, is responsible for making Pennies happen and for the day to day management of The Pennies Foundation.

We know that charities helping people every day need money, particularly given the economic conditions right now.

We think Pennies can help and this is what makes us get up in the morning and give it our best.

Meet some of the team working behind the scenes to make Pennies a reality:

Alison Hutchinson
Chief Executive

Alison HutchinsonAlison runs Pennies and The Pennies Foundation with the help of the executive team.

Alison was previously Chief Executive of FTSE financial services company Kensington Group plc and has also held senior positions in Barclaycard and international technology group IBM.


Paul Seaman
Head of Account Relationship

Paul has over 30 years retail banking experience including 10 in senior leadership roles and has been involved in several successful business start ups. In addition to his role at Pennies he is the Chair of Trustees of HantsAbility a charity which supports people with disabilities primarily in the Hampshire and Berkshire area.


Graeme Freeman
Chief Technology Officer

Graham FreemanGraeme has over 20 years’ experience of IT. He has held a range of roles including technical, management and sales and marketing in both vendor and user organisations. Previously he was IT Director of BBC Worldwide, the commercial business of the BBC and, prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer of ABS, an online software and services business, creator of the ‘tradesimple’ brand.


Alan Kerr
Head of Operations

Alan has over 30 years experience of IT in a business context, primarily in the Financial Services industries. Prior to joining the Pennies Foundation he held a variety of roles in IBM ranging in scope from UK to European and Global responsibility. These included technical sales, client management, operational leadership and strategic marketing and planning.


Peter Nugent
Finance Director (Volunteer)

Most recently Peter was the Finance Director of Puzzler Media Ltd, the UK leading puzzle magazine publisher and puzzle content provider. He joined in 1988 and was involved in all the company’s major strategic decisions, including disposals, acquisitions and mergers. Peter was also involved in the Management Buyout in April 2002 and the secondary Management Buyout in December 2005.

Peter has also held roles in Esso Petroleum Ireland and Arthur Young Ireland (now Ernst & Young).


Carolyn Simons
Head of Business Development

Carolyn SimonsCarolyn has many years of experience in retail and consulting. Prior to joining The Pennies Foundation, Carolyn was Commercial Director of Homebase and previously Managing Director of Homestyle Group plc.



Ann Tomsett
Commercial Director

Ann TomsettAnn is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience primarily in financial services. Prior to joining The Pennies Foundation, Ann was Group Legal Director of FTSE company Kensington Group plc.