Compact commission promotes interim chief executive

The Commission for the Compact has announced that interim chief executive Richard Corden will take on the role on a permanent basis.

Corden, a career civil servant, was temporarily appointed to the position in June last year when Angela Sibson unexpectedly stood down after less than six months at the Commission for the Compact (Third Sector Online, 7 June 2007).

Corden previously held roles at the Treasury, the Home Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Third Sector.

Bert Massie, commissioner for the Compact, said that Corden had already shown his determination to make sure that the commission will be a powerful and influential advocate for the Compact.

In a statement, Corden said it was an exciting time for the Compact, which sets out how public bodies and third sector organisations should treat each other. "The purpose of having the Compact is ultimately to benefit people and communities in England, by reaping the advantages of partnership working between the state and the voluntary and community sector," he said.

"A good deal has been achieved in that respect over the past 10 years, but there is potential for much more. The commission will play a full and vigorous part in realising that potential."

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