Charity Retail Association appoints Robin Osterley as its new chief executive

Osterley resigned in May from his position as chief executive of Supporters Direct and will start working in the CRA's London offices on 9 November

Robin Osterley
Robin Osterley

The Charity Retail Association has appointed Robin Osterley, former chief executive of Supporters Direct, as its new chief executive.

Osterley, who resigned in May from the membership organisation for football supporter trusts after a year in the post, started at the CRA on Monday. A spokeswoman said he was spending time in a charity shop before starting work at the association’s London offices on 9 November.

Osterley is chair of the charity chief executives body Acevo's special interest group on arts, heritage and sport. He previously spent 16 years as chief executive of Making Music, the umbrella body for amateur music clubs. Before that he was the managing director of a record label.

Osterley announced his own appointment yesterday in the CRA’s fortnightly newsletter. "I’m extremely excited to be working in such an important and life-affirming sector, and hope to be able to make a significant contribution to this vital world," he said.

"My background is essentially in running third sector membership associations, specifically federations, as well as (if you go back a bit) sales, marketing and IT. It’s going to be really important for me to meet as many of you as possible over the coming weeks and listen to your thoughts about the sector, as well understanding your views about your association and what we should be doing in the future."

Steve Biddle, chair of the CRA’s finance committee, had been leading the membership body on an interim basis since its previous chief executive, Martin Blackwell, left in July after only seven months for personal reasons. Osterley said that Biddle would work with him until early December while he established himself in the role.

The advert for Osterley’s job said the new post holder would earn a salary of about £65,000 plus performance-related pay, but the CRA spokeswoman was unable to confirm before publication of this story how much Osterley would receive.

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