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 Paralympics Sport, Great British Wheelchair Rugby. Other senior management roles have included 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 teams of 28 fundraisers based in London and Glasgow.

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 including Microsoft.  Personal Assignments carried out for Ingenious Group have included acting as Development Director of Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra where she managed a fundraising campaign for their Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Project, accompanying the Choir and Orchestra & SMT around Europe and the US raising five million pounds from wealthy individuals, corporate companies with arts interests and managing a series of high profile fundraising events including Buckingham Palace to fund both the World Tour and recordings with the BBC. Other personal projects included developing high profile cultivation events with The Bach Choir (London) and developing their Trusts and Foundation income, their online giving, Friends and US Patron Schemes. Linkedin Resume  

Other appointments

Previous Non-Executive appointments include Director for the NHS for three years chairing their charity, she has acted as Chair for Mental Health Tribunals, and was Deputy Chair of the BBC serving for three years. She was a visiting lecturer at London South Bank University teaching at post graduate level Strategic Charity Marketing and Charity Communication strategies. Jean is an approved consultant The National lottery and NCVO approved Consultant

Arts Interests

Passion for the Arts

Jean has a lifelong passion for the Creative and Performing Arts in all its forms, with a successful track record of securing large-scale support and investment for music, theatre, drama, and charitable artistic 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. One a Consultant & Lawyer and the other the Managing Director of a Digital Design Company. She is married to Paul Milner, a former professional musician and much published British Contemporary Figurative Artist.


Jean is an accomplished communicator, big picture thinker and published writer, from scripts to blogs. From research papers to Parliamentary Reports, fundraising proposals, TV formats, innovative income generation pitches and projects.
As format creator, she directed and produced the Multi-Award winning Marketing for Good later dubbed by Channel 4 as “A High Octane- Dragons Den meets X Factor live show.

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.

More recently in June this year, she became Winner of Global CEO Excellence Awards, as Social Marketing CEO of Year, UK.. (

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Prince Of Wales Buckingham Palace Event

Richard Branson, Ingenious Group, Kate Elliott

HRH Princess Royal
Gary Rhodes