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Chair of Trustees | Gingerbread

This is a hugely rewarding role offering you the opportunity to take a leading national charity to the next level. We welcome an energetic and tenacious leader who can also support our ambitious CEO and talented team.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Gingerbread is the leading national charity working with single parent families, championing their voices and keeping their needs at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is a world where diverse families can thrive and our mission is to champion and enable single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives.

We do this through direct support via our free single parent helpline, our training programmes and our peer support groups, alongside our campaigning activity, influencing government policy and challenging social stigma.

Our work has never been more needed or relevant and this has been brought into acute focus currently with Covid-19 which is particularly challenging for single parents and their children, faced with the practicalities of self-isolation and school and childcare closure. Urgent action is needed to better protect single parents and their children during this crisis and beyond, and we will be there to protect single parents, rights, welfare and wellbeing.

With a renewed focus and ambition to increase our reach, visibility and impact of our work we are looking for a new Chair to keep us focused on our mission, ensure we realise our future potential and enable more single parents to access our support.

You will be joining a capable and diverse board who work alongside a focused, talented and determined team. Together we are looking forward to an exciting future – we are steadfast, courageous and unwavering in our focus to support and champion single parents and we are poised to achieve so much more.

Who we're looking for

As our new Chair, you need to be aligned to our vision, highly empathetic to single parents’ experiences and motivated to achieve social change. You will bring strong strategic commercial and financial nous to help us develop our income and financial sustainability as well as amplify our brand, presence and impact. We are looking for an open and creative thinker, someone who can keep us focused but also enable us to evolve, develop and continue to respond to and champion the changing and diverse needs of single parents.

This will be a challenging but hugely rewarding role, offering the opportunity to take us to the next level and we welcome an energetic and tenacious leader who can also support our ambitious CEO and talented team.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Closing date: 9am, Monday 21st September 2020

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Welcome from the Chair

I am delighted that you are interested in the role of Chair of Gingerbread.

The successful applicant will lead the Charity at a key time in the charity’s development. In 2020 Gingerbread is 102 years old. Since 1918 the charity has been promoting the interests and defending the rights of single parents. Our role is as significant and as essential now as it was then.

There are over two million Single Parents with majority care for their children in Britain today – one in four families. The Covid-19 crisis has left single parents and their families particularly vulnerable and we have experienced a surge in demand for our support and advice services. Even before the crisis, many single parent families were just one pay packet away from financial crisis and twice as many were living in poverty as coupled households.  The crisis has made life even harder and the work of supporting and championing single parents even more vital.

If this role appeals to you: you will be hungry for social change; you will be energetic; you will empathise with the lived experience of single parents. Above all else, you will share our vision of a world in which diverse families will, and can, thrive. Whatever success means for a single parent – whether this is a thriving family, a flexible job, stable finances, a happy home or a chance to study – Gingerbread works with single parents from diverse backgrounds to enable them.

The new Chair will lead a dynamic and diverse Board of Trustees, all fully committed to our strategy, supportive and cognisant of the challenges Gingerbread faces. You will drive this strategy and the organisation through this exciting period supporting our ambitious CEO and her dedicated and talented team.

We are seeking that special “someone” who can take Gingerbread to the next level; working with the authority, commitment and momentum for change that we already have in the charity; harnessing this energy and delivering even greater impact and opportunity for Single Parents and their families.

I speak from personal experience, as a beneficiary of Gingerbread’s support and as a Trustee, when I say that Gingerbread is an extraordinary charity.

I hope you see yourself reflected in this role and that you apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fran Parry
Chair, Gingerbread

About Gingerbread

We are the leading national charity working with single parent families. Since 1918, we have been at the forefront of shaping policy and services that support single parents.

Today, there are two million single parent families in the country. We champion their voices and keep their needs at the heart of everything we do.

The majority of single parents are working, but two-thirds of them say finances are still a constant struggle at best.

Less than half of single parents receive money from their child’s other parent, and children in single parent families are twice as likely as children in couple families to live in poverty.

And even though there’s no such thing as a typical single parent, nearly three quarters have experienced stereotyping or prejudice.

We want a society in which single parent families are treated equally and fairly.

To get there

  • we provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family.
  • We campaign and influence policy to reduce stigma against single parents, and make services more accessible to all families – whatever their shape or size.
  • We run programmes to equip single parents with the skills and opportunities to gain employment.

We use our campaigns, research, and policy work to help amplify the voices and concerns of single parent families to a wider audience. We look at how single parent families are impacted by government policy and we challenge government to make these policies fairer to single parent families.

  • There are six main areas we focus on: childcare, child maintenance, employment and skills, families and relationships, living standards and poverty, and welfare reform. We conduct and publish key research relating to these topics each year and campaign to effect change with and for single parents.

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your interest and motivation in applying and your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair, Gingerbread into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 21st September 2020
Shortlisting: Friday 2nd October
Interview with Gingerbread: w/c Monday 5th or w/c Monday 12th October

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