CAF's head of policy to take up new role at major grant-maker

Rhodri Davies
Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies is to leave the Charities Aid Foundation to take up a new role at the Pears Foundation

Davies, who is head of policy at CAF, has worked at the organisation since September 2010, when he joined as a policy manager. He previously worked at the think tank Policy Exchange and the recruitment firm MWM Consulting.

He revealed he would be moving on in September in a Twitter thread yesterday, saying he was very “excited to say I'll be working with @PearsFoundation, both to develop a new entity focused on furthering engagement with philanthropy [and] helping them with their own thinking on philanthropy issues”. 

He went on to say that his job title at the family-run grant-maker, which gave out grants totalling more than £21.5m in the year to 31 March 2020, was yet to be confirmed.

“I've also got various other things lined up that aren't quite nailed on yet so I can't give details, but will hopefully include some academic work and writing a second book (finally!),” he said. 

Davies runs CAF’s Giving Thought podcast and said in his Twitter thread that he intended to carry on podcasting about philanthropy, but “exactly what form that will take is still to be decided”. 

He said he was also considering developing his Philliteracy Twitter profile, which shares information about the history of philanthropy, into a website and converting some previous threads into articles.

A CAF spokesman said Davies had played “a key role” during his time with the organisation. 

“Rhodri has provided insight into the history of philanthropy while championing the contributions of the private philanthropists and companies with whom we work in support of charities across the world,” the spokesman said. 

“He will be missed and we wish him all the best in his next endeavour.”

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