Claire Dove, a former board member of the Charity Commission, has been appointed as the new Crown Representative of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, more than three years after her predecessor stepped down.
An announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today said Dove, who was also chair of Social Enterprise UK between 2007 and 2017, will take on the role, which works alongside government departments and the Crown Commercial Service.
The VCSE Crown Representative will be expected to assist work to strengthen the charity sector, support the DCMS’s forthcoming civil society strategy and help charities operate more commercially.
The appointment of Dove comes after a long period without a VCSE Crown Representative, after Michael O’Toole stepped down in autumn 2014 to lead the charity Mentor.
The role was advertised last year with a closing date of 26 February 2017 and as having a salary of £500 a day for two days of work each week.
Dove said: "It’s an honour to take on this role. Millions of people benefit from the work that charities and social enterprises do, and I cannot wait to get started to ensure this sector continues to go from strength to strength."
Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "Claire will bring a lot of passion and experience to this role, having chaired SEUK among other organisations. I am looking forward to working alongside her and the Crown Commercial Service to help support the VCSE sector and societies across the country."
Peter Holbrook, chief executive of SEUK, said Dove had been "an outstanding champion of the social enterprise movement and has both the commercial experience and deep understanding of disadvantage and poverty that make her an ideal candidate for the job and uniquely suited to the role".
Vicky Browning, chief executive of the charity leaders body Acevo, said Dove was an "inspirational leader with a comprehensive understanding of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector".