Wood, former head of trusts and charities at international legal practice Herbert Smith LLP, will succeed Lindsay Driscoll on 1 February 2008 as Legal Commissioner.
Hope said: “We are currently implementing the Charities Act 2006, the biggest shake up of charity law for 400 years. John’s wealth of experience will be a considerable benefit to the Commission at this important time.”
Meanwhile the Innovation Exchange has appointed John Craig as director. He is currently head of innovation in the Office of the Third Sector, where he worked on Partnership in Public Services, intended to help the third sector deliver more services. Before that he was at the think-tank Demos and briefly in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.
The Innovation Exchange used to be part of the Partnership in Public Services programme and is funded by the OTS. It is led by the Innovation Unit, Acevo and the software consultancy Headshift.
A statement from the exchange said its purpose was to "offer innovators online resources including information, contact with other innovators and access to appropriate sources of investment."
Craig said:" I am delighted to be leading the Innovation Exchange and relish the chance to help the collective wisdom of the third sector to tackle social injustice in England. Between us I believe we can make a real difference for excluded young people and those struggling to live independent lives."