Harries leaves his job in Office of the Third Sector

Richard Harries, a senior civil servant at the Office of the Third Sector, is leaving at the end of this year to take up a new post at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Harries, who was deputy director of the office's Volunteering and Charitable Giving Unit and played a key role in establishing the £2.2m Charitable Giving Research Centre (Third Sector, 18 October), announced his departure last week in an email to sector leaders.

"Political interest in the sector has never been higher and the creation of the Office of the Third Sector offers the prospect that it will at last become a core, mainstream area of government business," Harries wrote.

Salvatore LaSpada, chief executive of the Institute of Philanthropy, said: "Richard has a real ability to listen, to build bridges and to find common ground between people."

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, added: "The challenge his successor faces is making sure that charitable giving and fundraising remain a priority in the Office of the Third Sector."

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