Citra and the ICT Consortium have chosen consultant David Carrington as the "independent person" to review progress on the Changeup ICT Hub and chart a way forward that's agreeable to all parties.
Confirmation of his appointment is now only subject to the Active Community Unit agreeing his terms of reference and a fee for his services.
A former PPP Foundation chief executive and director of the Baring Foundation, Carrington has been called in to resolve the dispute between the Citra coalition and the NCVO-led ICT Consortium over who should be involved in the ICT Hub (Third Sector, 22 September).
However, the ACU is understood to be keen to finalise plans by early March, and Citra members are concerned that he will run out of time if he consults everyone involved. Citra chairman John Tate said: "I urge anybody who feels there are issues to contact David about it."
The ICT Consortium put a detailed summary of its Hub business plan on its website on Friday, more than two months after it told Citra it would appear.
The situation is further complicated by Tina Jenkins, head of Changeup and of the ICT Hub at the ACU, going on maternity leave. Her replacement, Isabel Sutcliffe, is the third person in four months to have responsibility for the ICT Hub.