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Our Senior Team

Chief Executive - Rosie Ferguson

Rosie joined as our Chief Executive in February 2017. She is passionate about working with and for single parents to ensure Gingerbread is doing the best job it can to support and champion the two million diverse single parent families across England and Wales. Rosie started out in the youth sector, supporting young people to develop leadership roles in their communities and went on to be Chief Executive of London Youth from 2012 to 2016, where she grew the organisation significantly in terms of both income and impact. Immediately before starting with us, Rosie spent a year travelling across north America, at improv school in Chicago and then as Interim Director at Youth Business International. Rosie was a Commissioner on the London Fairness Commission and is a Trustee of Centre for London. She has a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and a PGDiP in Charity Finance. 

Email: rosie.ferguson(@)

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.

Email: kerrie.gemmill(@)