Liz Atkins departs after NCVO reshuffle

Public policy head is sole redundancy

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has made one of its directors redundant as part of a restructure that has cut the number of departments from four to three.

Liz Atkins, director of the NCVO's public policy department, which had 45 staff, has left the umbrella body after unsuccessfully applying for a new role within the organisation.

There were no other redundancies, said a statement from the NCVO. "The reason for the restructuring was the financial need to reduce the number of departments," it read.

Ben Kernighan, head of the former services and development department, is now director of communications in addition to his other role as deputy chief executive. Richard Williams, the former director of enterprise, has become director of capacity building and business development. Sarah Welsh and Lynne Gregory will continue jointly to lead the planning and resources department.

The NCVO, which had an income of £10.6m in 2008/09, says the restructure will save £120,000. Atkins's salary was between £80,000 and £90,000.

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