Government appoints adviser on sector innovation

The Cabinet Office has appointed Anne McGuire MP to the new role of adviser on third sector innovation.

Third sector minister Kevin Brennan announced McGuire's appointment at a conference in London last week.

McGuire is Labour MP for Stirling and a former disability minister. She has also worked as deputy director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Her role will be to examine how third sector organisations can work with the general public to help design and deliver more personalised public services.

She will focus initially on health and social care. Her work will build on the Government's Innovation Exchange programme, which promotes innovation in the third sector.

"I am excited about this opportunity to contribute to the Government's outstanding third sector agenda, especially at this challenging time when we must embrace the sector and acknowledge its vital role in delivering innovative and essential services to the public," she said.

"I am very much looking forward to drawing on my experience of working with disability organisations and the voluntary sector, which will enable me to inform and promote opportunities for the third sector to build on world class public services in the UK."

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