Pitkeathley to chair government advisory body

The Office of the Third Sector has appointed Baroness Jill Pitkeathley as chair for its new advisory body, which will oversee the implementation of its third sector review.

Her £10,000-a-year appointment will be until March 2011.

The advisory body will monitor and help with the wide-reaching measures promised after the government review last summer. This includes the provision of £515m in direct funding, plus promises to improve training, lines of communication and accountability.

It will also provide expert advice on the office’s major projects, including the Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders programmes. The board, a non-departmental public body, replaces the Voluntary and Community Sector Advisory Group, the Futurebuilders Advisory Panel and the Infrastructure National Partnership, all wound up earlier this year.

Interviews for up to 12 members of the advisory body will take place early next month.

The Government’s target is to have the body up and running by the end of May.

Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, said: “I am looking forward to working with Jill; she has demonstrated she has the enthusiasm and experience to do a great job in this new role.

“The calibre of candidates for the position was outstanding, and that in itself is a tribute to the importance of the third sector in government.”

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