Skills - Third Sector trustees named

Jane Slowey, Lesley-Anne Alexander and Ben Kerrigan among board members

Eleven of the 12 trustees of the new voluntary sector skills body Skills - Third Sector have been appointed.

It was established as a charity in January with £2.5m of government funding to address skills gaps in charities and lobby sector skills councils to include the voluntary sector.

Jane Slowey, chief executive of the Foyer Federation, has been named chair of the body. She said she believed "working with sector skills councils can help strengthen the contribution the third sector makes to both the social and economic life of our country".

Other trustees include Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB, Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of umbrella body the NCVO, James Gardner, chief executive of Kent Students' Union, and Julie Wilkes, chief executive of Voluntary Action Wakefield.

Dame Mary Marsh, who steps down as interim chair at the end of the month, described the board as "strong and diverse".

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