Marsh to leave NSPCC

Dame Mary Marsh will step down as director and chief executive of the NSPCC in the autumn after eight years leading the charity. She has been appointed as the first director of the new Clore Social Leadership Programme to develop talent in the third sector.

Mary Marsh
Mary Marsh

"It is such an inspired initiative to identify individual aspiring leaders in the third sector and to provide bespoke opportunities for their development," said Marsh. "I am hugely excited by the challenge of adding value to the future development of the third sector in this way. But I will always remain a committed supporter of the NSPCC."

The £1.5m Clore programme was launched in February by the Clore Duffield Foundation to encourage aspiring charity leaders. It will offer seminars, tuition, mentoring and secondments to 20 fellows each year. Courses will be tailored to individual needs and will include a two-week residential training programme.

Marsh has headed the NSPCC since September 2000 and has led its Full Stop appeal and overseen its merger with ChildLine. She became a dame in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for her services to families and children.

Before working at the NSPCC Marsh spent more than 20 years as a teacher in Hertfordshire and London, including 10 years as a school head. She is a National Member of the Learning and Skills Council and a long-standing member of Groundbreakers, a networking group that supports female charity chief executives. Previously she was a member of the Joseph Rowntree Committee on Governance in Public Services.

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