Our leadership team is responsible for setting Gingerbread’s strategic direction and making sure we do the best work possible to support single parent families.

Senior leadership team

Victoria Benson

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Victoria joined Gingerbread as our interim CEO in February 2019, having served on the Board for four years before that. As a single mum to six children and the daughter of a single parent herself, Victoria is passionate about supporting single parent families and driving forward our ambitious strategy.

Prior to working at Gingerbread, Victoria was Director of Governance at Macmillan Cancer Support for 12 years, and practised as a solicitor before that. Victoria also has a PG Dip in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School.

Email: victoria.benson(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Dalia Ben-Galim

Director of Policy, Advice & Communications

As Director of Policy, Advice and Communications, Dalia leads on our policy work as well as overseeing our communications, campaigns and advice services.

Prior to joining Gingerbread, Dalia was as Associate Director at IPPR, taught social policy at the University of Oxford and held research posts at the London School of Economics. Dalia holds a PhD in social policy from the University of Oxford, has a sound policy and research background, and a strong grasp of the issues facing single parents today. She also has extensive broadcast and media experience.

Email: dalia.ben-galim(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Management team

Kirsty Taylor

Head of Contract Performance (shared role)

Kirsty has worked extensively with single parents, initially as an advisor and then as an operations manager for a large employability organisation that helps and supports single parents back into sustainable employment. She has also managed large government welfare to work contracts across the UK, working extensively with long term unemployed clients.

Kirsty decided to join Gingerbread because she believes passionately in helping single parents access professional help, support, advice, training, skills and employability options and Gingerbread have a long history of expertise in this area.

Kirsty’s role covers managing Gingerbread’s North West employability contracts, helping single parents learn new skills, consider self-employment and look at childcare and employability options that would suit them.

Email: kirsty.taylor(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Clare Welburn

Head of Contract Performance (shared role)

Clare has worked in the charity and voluntary sector for nearly 20 years supporting unemployed and vulnerable people back into work and training. She was excited to join Gingerbread because she was the child of a single parent and saw first-hand the struggles that her mother faced in juggling a family and work. Through previous roles, Clare also saw how single parents need specialist support and was keen to bring her charity management expertise to Gingerbread.

Clare’s role is to manage the Building Better Opportunities Working Forward project funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. This project is on offer to single parents in Kent and Essex and provides holistic support to single parents to move closer to the job market through 1:1 support, training and other opportunities. Clare’s role is to ensure that it delivers this and to ensure that parents receive top quality support.

Email: clare.welburn(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Hannah Woods

Head of Evaluation and Learning

For the past 13 years, Hannah has worked within the social sector using evidence and insight to support strategy development, service design and innovation national and international charities.

Hannah is currently leading the development of Gingerbread’s 2018 – 2021 strategy, using the theory of change model to revise our approach to designing new services and understanding our impact.

Hannah grew up in a single parent family and has direct experience of the personal, social and economic challenges facing single parent families. Hannah’s career demonstrates a passion for working within the third sector to empower disadvantaged communities, drive social change, and build stronger communities.

Email: hannah.woods(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Anant Naik

Head of Communications and Digital (Maternity Cover)

Anant leads a high-performing and influential team at Gingerbread who make a difference to the lives of single parents through effective communications, digital, marketing, media relations and tireless campaigning. Anant was inspired to join Gingerbread by his mother, who raised him and his brother single-handily and gave them the best upbringing she could, despite all odds.

Prior to joining Gingerbread, Anant was Editorial, Press and PR Manager at the National Union of Students where he was responsible for ensuring key messages were cutting through in the media and across NUS' channels. He also took a strategic lead on annual conferences with the UKs top journalists.

Away from the third sector, Anant gained a wealth of experience in other environments including; PR, marketing, editorial, social media, website management and design. Anant studied Journalism and News Media with Photography at the University of Roehampton, where he was elected as Vice President Communications and Engagement and served as a trustee at Roehampton Students' Union.

Email: anant.naik(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Rose Stone

Head of Advice and Peer Support

Rose has strategic oversight of Gingerbread’s specialist helpline, our network of single parent led local friendship groups around England and Wales, as well as our online community of single parents. She is also Gingerbread’s designated safeguarding lead.

Having worked with helplines and support services for more than 11 years, Rose is passionate about delivering high quality and empowering services to single parents.

Coming originally from frontline delivery, Rose was helpline manager at Breast Cancer Care for some years, moving on to lead Get Connected’s multi-channel helpline for under 25s. Rose has a counselling qualification and brings this therapeutic practice to the services she leads.

Email: rose.stone(@)gingerbread.org.uk

Shaun Glanville

Head of Income Generation

Shaun has over twenty years’ experience in senior development roles across the social sector and the arts, including The Family and Parenting Institute where he led successful bids to establish the Parenting Fund and the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners. He has also worked as a freelance consultant providing strategic support to housing, poverty, health and social welfare charities.

Shaun is responsible for managing Gingerbread’s fundraising activities, leading a small but ambitious team of fundraisers. He is part of the Clore Social Leadership Experienced Leaders cohort for 2019.

Email: shaun.glanville(@)gingerbread.org.uk

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