Civil servant gets Capacitybuilders job

Capacitybuilders has appointed the director of policy and communications at the Housing Corporation as its new chief executive.


Matt Leach, who has been at the social housing regulator since 2004, will join Capacitybuilders at the beginning of 2009.

Leach has worked at the Cabinet Office and the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and was private secretary to the then housing and planning minister Nick Raynsford.

He replaces Simon Hebditch, who stood down as chief executive at the end of March (Third Sector Online, 20 March).

Acting chief executive Catherine Johnstone is expected to leave the organisation, which the Government set up to help build the third sector's capacity, when Leach joins. Her substantive post of special adviser has been removed as part of a restructure that she oversaw.

Chris Pond, chair of Capacitybuilders, said Leach would bring energy and integrity to the role. "I am convinced that, with Matt and our newly expanded board, we have the right leadership in place for the next phase of Capacitybuilders' delivery and development - not least in making the case for future investment to build capacity in the third sector," he said.

Leach was unavailable for comment but issued a statement expressing his delight at joining Capacitybuilders "at this pivotal time".

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