Compact Commission appoints Massie

The former chair of the Disability Rights Commission will today be announced as the new Commissioner for the Compact. Sir Bert Massie, who was also chief executive of disability charity Radar, has been appointed for three years.

Sir Bert Massie
Sir Bert Massie

He will take over the position on 1 April from interim commissioner Helen Baker. She was appointed after the first commissioner, John Stoker, resigned unexpectedly for personal reasons after less than a year in the job (Third Sector Online, 7 September 2007).

In Massie's first interview about his appointment, he told Third Sector he would explore whether statutory powers for the Compact, which governs how public and voluntary sector organisations should treat each other, would be necessary.

"The jury's out," he said. "I will certainly want to examine whether the commission should recommend making the Compact statutory." Renaming the Compact could also help raise its profile, he suggested.

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