Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the sight-loss charity the RNIB, will chair the judging panel for this year’s Third Sector Awards, which recognise the achievements of charities, social enterprises and the companies that support them.
Last year, Alexander won the coveted prize of Most Admired Chief Executive at the Third Sector Awards for her stewardship of the sight-loss charity and her work representing the sector during her six-year term as chair of Acevo, the body for charity leaders. Earlier this year, she also spoke out against the 50 largest fundraising charities being asked to contribute £15,000 each to the start-up costs of the new Fundraising Regulator.
In May, Alexander announced that she would be retiring from the RNIB this autumn after 12 years in charge.
Alexander will chair a panel of about 40 judges comprising previous winners of the Third Sector Awards and industry experts. Other judges include Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, and Caitlin Dean, who won Charity Chair of the Year at last year’s Third Sector Awards for her work at the Pregnancy Sickness Support.
Alexander said in a statement: "I am thrilled to chair the judging panel for this year’s Third Sector Awards. The awards showcase the talent, innovation and success of charities across the UK. I look forward to joining the rest of the panel to highlight the stories and initiatives that make the third sector such a rewarding sector to be part of."
There are 26 categories this year, including awards for Financial Leadership, Communications Team of the Year, Best Charity Law Firm and Celebrity Charity Champion.
The closing date for entries is 9 June. Entries cost £50 plus VAT for charities and social enterprises with incomes of less than £500,000 a year; and £120 plus VAT for all other organisations. Organisations can still enter the awards until 16 June, but entries submitted between 10 and 16 June will be subject to a late fee of £50 plus VAT.
The awards will be presented at a black-tie ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel on 14 September.