Jean Collingwood MIDM, MCIM

Jean is a fully qualified marketer with more than twenty years’ senior management experience in the not for profit sector. She has held many high-profile roles including being the First Chief Executive of national campaigning Charity the Drinkaware Trust, The first Chief Executive of Gold Medalists and Paralympic Sport, Great British Wheelchair Rugby. Other senior management roles have included Interim Director of Development for LAMDA ( London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art) five years as Director of The Prince’s Trust, Interim Director of Public Affairs for Disability Charity, Leonard Cheshire, and Director of Fundraising and Marketing for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers where she managed two fundraising teams based in London and Glasgow. Her earliest career as recruitment specialist and trouble shooter for Barrringtons a global firm,and Suzaane Gary and Angela Mortimer London.

Jean is CEO of Ingenious Group, a multi award winning firm and network, whose clients have included HRH The Prince of Wales, Richard Branson, and 80 of the UK’s top 100 charities and companies. In-house Assignments for Ingenious Group have included Development Director of Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra where she managed a global fundraising campaign for their Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Project, accompanied the Choir and Orchestra & SMT throughout Europe and the US. Raising more than five million pounds in one year. This included a creating series of high profile fundraising events hosted at Buckingham Palace, and corporate events to raise funding for a World Tour and recording series with the BBC. Other music projects included a wide range of high profile cultivation and donor events with The Bach Choir (London). Generating income from Trusts and Foundations, Digital Giving, Friends and innovative US Patron Schemes.

Other appointments

Previous Non-Executive appointments include Three years as Director for the NHS  Hull and Holderness,  Chair of NHS Hull and Holderness- Charitable Trust and  Chair of Mental Health Tribunals.   Deputy Chair of the BBC Audience Council, a three-year appointment by the Secretary of State. Visiting lecturer at London South Bank University teaching at BSc postgraduate level Strategic Charity Marketing and Charity Communication strategies. 2007 Advisor on alcohol and young people to Prime Minister Rt. Hon Gordon Brown

Arts Interests

Passion for the Cultural Arts & Youth Development

Jean has a lifelong passion for the Creative and Performing Arts and nurturing young talent and championing disablity and diversity in every form,  She has a successful track record of collaborating, seeing shared opportunity and connecting people to make big things happen:Drinkaware and Crisis  securing large-scale mulit partnership support. A track record of generating investment for music, film, theatre, drama, and sport, for innovative charitable projects.

Roots and heritage

Born and raised in Scotland, with Irish roots, she has lived in Yorkshire and London most of her working life and is a proud mother to two sons; A Lawyer and Contract and rights specialist, the other Owner of a Digital Company. Jean is married to well known British Contemporary Figurative Artist, Paul Milner, a former professional musician.

Jean is an accomplished communicator and campaigner, a big picture thinker and published writer, from scripts to blogs, from research papers to Parliamentary Reports, fundraising proposals, TV formats, engaging income generation pitches.

As format creator, she directed and produced the Multi-Award winning “Marketing for Good Awards” later dubbed by Channel 4 as “A High Octane- Dragons Den meets X Factor live show. Her Caring Face of Britain Awards in partnership with sponsors BT and The Mirror Group later became The Pride of Britain Awards.

In 2011, her pitch and treatment won a BBC Writers Room Competition and led to the full commission of  “Pauline’s Gift” her first full-length play, performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012.

Jean has been recoginsed as a Winner of “Women in Business Awards” and on four different years, winner of Global CEO Excellence Awards, and Social Marketing CEO of Year, UK. (Awards)


HRH King Charles III (formerly The Prince Of Wales) Taken at a Buckingham Palace Fundraising Event.

Jean Collingwood, Richard Branson and Kate Elliott

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Gary Rhodes (1960-2019)