- Who is the winner?
Elanor Hoskin is the chief executive of Chicks, a children's charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children and young carers from across the UK. The charity has a turnover of £1.2m a year and employs 33 staff. Hoskin worked her way up through the charity sector and was appointed chief executive of Chicks in 2011 at the age of 37, beating more than 150 applicants.
- What did she do?
Hoskin has steered the charity through challenging economic times; in late 2011, she put in place a number of efficiency measures in order to safeguard its future. These included a new performance-management system, designed to help make Chicks "a great place to work" and ensure that a culture of respect and dignity was embedded across the organisation. The charity has also started to run breaks over Christmas so that children who would otherwise miss out would be able to enjoy the fun of the festive season. Charity staff give up time over Christmas to ensure the children enjoy these breaks.
- Why did she win?
With Hoskin's direction, Chicks had supported 10,000 children by the end of 2012 and is hoping to have offered respite breaks to another 1,200 children by the end of 2013.
- What did the judges say?
Rowena Lewis, director of fundraising and supporter relations at Gingerbread, said: "Elanor impressed with her personal passion and drive for her charity's work. She has also demonstrated versatility."
Deborah Gilbert, Bowel & Cancer Research
- Chris Burghes, Royal Free Charity
- Sue Porto, Beanstalk