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Trustees | Gingerbread

These are hugely rewarding board roles offering you the opportunity to take a leading national charity to the next level. We welcome energetic and tenacious trustees to come on board who can support our ambitious CEO and talented team.

  • Location: Central London or virtual (negotiable)
  • 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 more relevant. This has been brought into acute focus especially with Covid-19 – which is particularly difficult for single parents and their children, faced with the challenges of self isolation, school and childcare closure and for many, loss of employment and increased debt. Urgent action is needed to better protect single parents and their children during this crisis and beyond, and we will be there to continue this vital work to work with single parents to protect their rights, welfare, and wellbeing.

With a new chair, a renewed focus and ambition to increase reach, visibility, and impact of our work we are looking for new trustees to support our mission to make Gingerbread a household name and a charity of first choice. We want to ensure Gingerbread realises its future potential and enables more single parents to access necessary support.

Who we're looking for

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. Our new trustees will support us to shape and deliver our new three-year strategy.

Our new trustees will be aligned to our vision, highly empathetic to single parents’ experiences and motivated to achieve social change. You will bring strong strategic commercial expertise and experience in digital transformation to support Gingerbread to evolve and develop our services. We are also looking for someone to join the board who has experience in campaigning, policy influencing and advocacy. It is important to us that our board reflects the diversity of single parents and has people with lived experience on board. Gingerbread is looking for proactive people 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.

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 10th May 2021

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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 “Trustee, 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 10th May 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: TBC
    Interviews: TBC

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