Charity IT group joins larger organisation

The Charity IT Resource Alliance has become part of the Society of Information Technology Management

A charity alliance to create better IT professionalism in the voluntary sector has become part of a larger membership organisation for public sector IT workers.

Citra - the Charity IT Resource Alliance - will continue to exist as a separate legal entity with its own board but its work will be conducted as part of a third sector special interest group within the Society of Information Technology Management.

The society has 1,800 members, whereas Citra, which was founded by eight voluntary sector organisations including the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Directors' Group, has fewer than 100.

William Hoyle, deputy chair of Citra and chief executive of the Charity Technology Trust, admitted the move was effectively a take-over but said it was good news for Citra members.

"We will be stronger as a special interest group in a larger organisation," he said. "Local authorities are being encouraged to place greater priority on nurturing a vibrant community and voluntary sector and the society's membership is particularly interested in how we can help them do that."

Citra board member David Clayden, director of strategic information at the Salvation Army, will join the society's board as part of the move.

Adrian Hancock, managing director of Socitm, said the move provided "an enhanced opportunity for third sector IT professionals to influence the government's agenda for the development of IT skills".

Citra members will receive free membership of the society for the next 12 months.

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