Gilly is Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the UK Grants strategy and a member of the organisation’s senior management team. She originally trained as a social worker, and prior to Comic Relief Gilly has worked in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors with families, young women, and homeless people. Her combined experience stretches 35 years. In a voluntary capacity, Gilly is a director of a newly formed CIC, Tonic Housing – looking at innovation in housing and care services for older LGBT people. She was awarded an OBE for services to domestic violence in 2007.