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

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

Clare Welburn

Head of Contract Performance

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

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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