The 55-year-old career civil servant will act as an 'honest broker' between public bodies and the sector when relationships have broken down. He will work with ministers and senior officials in government to ensure compliance with the Compact.
"I expect to see a major difference to the way in which the rules of engagement operate between the voluntary and community sector and government," he said. "I will be listening to all of the Compact's stakeholders to determine the best way to achieve this."
Stoker will work two days a week on a £40,000 salary. He will head a 20-strong Office of the Commissioner of the Compact in Birmingham. A full-time chief executive is to be appointed.
Stoker will be advised by Compact Voice, a reformed Compact Working Group with an expanded board, including more representatives from faith groups and service-delivery charities. There is no sign that he will be given powers to adjudicate or impose sanctions.
Ed Miliband, minister for the third sector, said: "A close working relationship with voluntary and community sector organisations is vital. I look forward to working with the commission to make that relationship."
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