Flood urges Home Office to back diversity probe

Tom Flood, chief executive of BTCV, has asked the Home Office to support an inquiry into the issue of cultural diversity in the voluntary sector.

His call was prompted by a Third Sector investigation into the issue, which revealed that just one chief executive of the top 50 charities is not white and just one has a disability (Third Sector, 22 March).

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, raised the issue at a meeting of the heads of the top 300 charities last week. Flood said: "At the meeting I said Third Sector had done a good job in raising the issue and agreed there should be some sort of investigation.

"I would be happy to be part of any inquiry, but I don't think this is something one person can lead on - it needs broad cross-sector support.

I have also been in talks with the Home Office to see if it would support such an inquiry.

"It's about the whole issue of cultural diversity, not just about race - so that includes gender, disability, religion and tolerance," he added.

The call for an inquiry was first made by Victor Adebowale, chief executive of Turning Point, who last week criticised NCVO and Acevo for not taking a stronger lead. He said: "It's a difficult subject, but I would expect that some sort of leadership would come from NCVO and Acevo, or that that they would at least want to engage with the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations."

- See News, page 5.

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