Dharmendra Kanani to leave the Big Lottery Fund next year

The BLF's director is on secondment to the European Foundation Centre and will leave his post in January when the secondment finishes

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Dharmendra Kanani, director of the Big Lottery Fund in England, is to leave the grant-maker in early 2015.

The European Foundation Centre, a membership association of foundations and corporate funders based in Brussels, announced yesterday that Kanani had begun a six-month "fellowship" with the organisation, on secondment from the BLF. He will leave the BLF once the secondment comes to an end on 31 January.

Kanani has been with the BLF since 2004 and has been its England director since 2010.

A BLF spokeswoman said "Dharmendra took up a six-month secondment opportunity at the European Foundation Centre from 1 July, after which he will leave the Big Lottery Fund.

"While on secondment he will focus on the development of the fund’s international funding, act as a liaison point for us in Brussels while we continue to develop our approach to European structural and investment funds, and support the development of a policy function at the European Foundation Centre."

She said that Lyn Cole and Tim Davies-Pugh, deputy England directors at the BLF, would lead its England team in the interim.

The European Foundation Centre said that Kanani had become its first "fellow" and would lead its newly formed policy department.

Gerry Salole, chief executive of the EFC, said Kanani’s experience would be a great asset to the organisation as it expanded its services to members and tried to step up its efforts to engage with policy-makers and politicians.

Kanani said in a statement that it would be "a privilege to have the opportunity to build a policy voice and capability for a thriving association with a social purpose in Europe".

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