Compact chief executive quits

The chief executive of the Commission for the Compact has resigned less than six months into the job.

Angela Sibson announced on Friday that she was leaving the organisation she joined in January because she was not cut out for a role that involves tackling public bodies over Compact breaches. The role had changed since it was first advertised in the first half of 2006, she told Third Sector Online.

“My focus is around education and sharing best practice,” she said. “Policy has moved on and now the focus is more on holding public bodies to account and assessing performance. Although they are very important things they do not chime with my background.”

Sibson, whose previous roles included stints as chief executive of relationship support agency Relate and the Mothers’ Union, admitted it was a hard decision to make. She does not have another job to go to.

Richard Corden, who led the management of the 2006 Charities Act through Parliament and worked in the Prime Minister’s strategy unit on the review of charity regulation, starts today on an interim basis until a permanent successor is found. He and Sibson will share the role until she leaves at the end of July.

Compact commissioner John Stoker said he was sorry Sibson had decided to leave.

“Angela Sibson has brought an enormous amount of insight and experience to establishing the commission and I am very grateful for all she has achieved,” he said.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said the commission must now find a strong chief executive who will complement Stoker.

“The commission needs someone with hard boots and steel in their spine,” he said.

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