Meet the team

After Adoption has over 100 staff working through England and Wales to support people involved with the adoption process in a variety of ways. Our Senior Management Team oversee their work.

Lynn Charlton MBE, Chief Executive

Lynn has been in post since 2006 having previously held the role of Director of Operations and UK Development with the charity. Originally from a social work and counselling background, Lynn has specialised in adoption and permanency since 1987 and, since that time, has worked with all groups touched by adoption and adoption support, from birth parents and adoptive families, to children of all ages in the care system. She is also an experienced trainer and co-author of ‘Still Screaming,’ a pioneering book looking at the perspective of birth parents in adoption.

Gail Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive

Gail has been a qualified social worker for more than 20 years, with experience in both child care and adoption. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a post qualifying certificate in Management. She has worked for a number of local authorities and independent adoption agencies since 1993, in both the USA and UK, and has held management roles over the last 10 years. Gail brings many years' of experience in adoption, having been a panel member for the Independent Review Mechanism since 2003, a professional advisor to an Independent Adoption Agency adoption panel and agency decision maker in two different independent adoption agencies. From 2011-2013 she was the Deputy Chief Executive and Agency Decision Maker for an IAA in the Midlands before moving to After Adoption in January 2014. 

Donald Lowe, Director of Finance and Support Services

Donald joined After Adoption in May 2005 as Director of Finance and Support Services having previously held a variety of senior management posts in Local Government. He is a qualified accountant with CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) and has responsibility for all financial issues, Health and Safety, Insurance, Property matters and ICT.

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We've got lots of resources for people involved with adoption. Click here to find out more.

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Information for Professionals

Training & Conferences

Click here to find out more about the upcoming training and conferences available.

Support for Adoptive families

Our SafeBase parenting programme supports adoptive families who are struggling to support their children

Family finding services

Thinking of adoption

We can help local authorities to find homes for children in need of adoption