Our Senior Team
Chief Executive – Fiona Weir
Fiona has extensive experience in senior management roles in the voluntary sector, working from 2002-2007 as Director of Policy and Communications for Save the Children, previously Head of Public Affairs at Consumers Association, Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International UK and Senior Air Pollution and Climate Change Campaigner at Friends of the Earth.
Deputy Chief Executive – Nigel Purkis
Nigel joined Gingerbread (then One Parent Families) as Deputy Chief Executive in 2006. His areas of responsibility include Business Development, Practitioner Training and both national and regional training programmes aimed at supporting single parents with motivation and employability skills. Prior to joining Gingerbread, Nigel spent 5 years at Business in the Community where his roles included Director of Employability. Nigel first moved into the education field as a teacher in a large comprehensive after 25 years in industry, the last 12 running UK subsidiaries of overseas multinationals. He has been an active school governor, committee chair and trustee of educational charities for over 10 years.
Finance Director – Andrew Storm
Andrew is responsible for financial management and other operational areas such as IT, HR and facilities. Prior to joining Gingerbread in May 2008, he was Finance Director at an environmental charity. He has also worked in both the private and public sectors.
Director of Policy, Advice & Communications – Dalia Ben-Galim
As the 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 LSE. Dalia holds a PhD in social policy from the University of Oxford. Dalia 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.
Director of Operations - Kerrie Gemmill
Kerrie is responsible for leading a highly skilled team who design and deliver a range of face to face services for single parents and practitioners at national and regional level. The Operations team support single parents in building their skills and confidence to progress towards education, training and employment. Prior to joining Gingerbread in 2014 Kerrie worked at NatCen Social Research as Director of Operations responsible for the Data Collection, Processing and Delivery departments including a 30 seat call centre and around 1,000 externally based researchers, including 250 Registered Nurses. Kerrie is originally from Australia and began her career as a Registered Nurse working primarily in isolated areas in the Outback.