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

Victoria joined Gingerbread 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

Management team

Faye Goldman

Interim Director (Communications & Policy)

As Interim Director at Gingerbread, in a short-term change to her typical role as the charity’s Head of Communications and Digital, Faye oversees the organisation’s external affairs, including policy and research, digital, communications, media and campaigns.

Faye has 10 years experience working in communications, digital, policy and advocacy in social justice charities. Faye is also a Trustee of Unlock, a leading criminal justice charity.

She is passionate about achieving social change through compelling communications and campaigns, and supporting people to have their views and voices heard. This passion led her to the role at Gingerbread, where she is proud to build on the charity’s 100 year tradition of putting the experiences of single parents at the heart of everything it does.

Email: faye.goldman(@)gingerbread.org.uk

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 (On maternity leave)

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

Jo Hardy

Head of Services

Jo is responsible for Gingerbread’s advice services, including the helpline and peer support activities, covering our network of single parent friendship groups across England and Wales. She is also the charity's safeguarding lead.

Jo has spent almost three decades working in the charity sector, in organisations providing a range of information, advice and family support services, including Contact, Mencap and YoungMinds. She also spent five years on the London region grant-making committee at BBC Children in Need.

As a single parent, with two grown-up sons, and having been raised in a single parent household, Jo is passionate about supporting single parent families, and in particular about challenging disadvantage, empowering parents and carers to thrive and get the best outcomes for children, and innovation in the charity sector.

Email: jo.hardy(@)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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