Futurebuilders takes in Charlesworth

The former chief executive of the Shaw Trust will join government-backed investment fund

Ian Charlesworth, who was dismissed from his job as chief executive of the Shaw Trust last year, has joined government-backed investment fund Futurebuilders England as enterprise director with responsibility for developing new business.

He spent 10 years as chief executive of the Shaw Trust, which helps disabled people into employment, and developed a reputation for winning public sector contracts. But he was put on gardening leave last July after a dispute with trustees over plans to expand into Australia.

In his role as head of chief executives body Acevo, Futurebuilders chair Stephen Bubb defended Charlesworth at the time and urged his reinstatement (Third Sector Online, 12 August 2008).

Jonathan Lewis, chief executive of Futurebuilders, said the organisation had recruited Charlesworth because he knew more about how to win public sector contracts than anyone else.

"He built the Shaw Trust by winning public sector contracts," he said. "That's exactly the expertise our investees need."

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