Mogford named as interim chief executive at Skills - Third Sector

Former director of stakeholder engagement at the National Open College Network will replace Julie Wilkes

Keith Mogford
Keith Mogford

Keith Mogford has been appointed as the interim chief executive of Skills – Third Sector after the departure of Julie Wilkes.

Mogford, who was director of stakeholder engagement at the National Open College Network until February, has been hired for six-months.

The appointment is short- term partly because of uncertainty about long-term funding for the sector skills body, which was set up by the government in 2008 to improve the quality of charity workforces.

It received £1m a year from 2008 to 2011, but currently has one-year funding of £500,000. The Office for Civil Society and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, an agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, are each contributing £250,000.

Mogford said he was familiar with Skills – Third Sector from his previous job and planned to proceed with its plans to establish an apprenticeship framework in the autumn and set up skills networks to disseminate skills and learning.

"The organisation has come to the end of its first phase of development," he said. "There is an opportunity now to review what is needed in the future."

Jane Slowey, chair of Skills – Third Sector, said in a statement that Mogford's appointment represented "an opportunity to review where the organisation is".

She declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding the departure of Wilkes, a former chief executive of Voluntary Action Wakefield, whose departure last month was not announced.

In a statement issued by Skills - Third Sector yesterday, Wilkes said: "I will miss the team-working environment but not the excessive travelling. We have built some excellent partnerships and it's a great point for someone new to take over."

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