The former director of UK and strategic grants for the Community Fund, Richard Gutch, has been appointed chief executive of the Government's Futurebuilders investment fund. He will take up the post later this month.
Futurebuilders is the Active Communities Directorate's £125m investment fund, designed to assist voluntary and community organisations to take on a greater public service role (Third Sector, 7 January 2004).
Gutch will make his public debut at the Third Sector/Action Planning conference on new sources of earned income for charities, to be held on 1 April in Westminster. Other speakers include charity commissioner Geraldine Peacock and chief executive of Charity Bank, Malcolm Hayday.
Action Planning has also been appointed by the Community Fund, on behalf of the new Lottery Distributor, to arrange a meeting of around 100 key voluntary sector funders to consider a common approach to outcome funding.