Martin Brookes appointed chief executive of London Plus

The former chief executive of NPC will take over next month

Martin Brookes
Martin Brookes

Martin Brookes has been appointed chief executive of the infrastructure organisation London Plus, it was announced today.

Brookes, a former chief executive of the charitable think tank New Philanthropy Capital, will take up the post on 6 January.

Elizabeth Balgobin, who has been London Plus's interim chief executive since September, will leave on 17 December.

Brookes, who is currently a consultant, has worked as an economist at the Bank of England and Goldman Sachs.

He has extensive voluntary sector experience, most notably at NPC, where he was employed for 10 years until 2011, latterly as chief executive.

Since then Brookes has been chief executive of the grant-maker the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the now defunct employment charity Tomorrow's People.

He held the latter post from 2015 until its closure in 2018 after a significant reduction in income.

Brookes has also worked for the investment firm Fulcrum Asset Management and as a researcher for Amnesty International.

He will lead a team of four in his new role, which was advertised for a salary of £60,000.

In a statement, Brookes said: "Civil society helps bind our diverse and great city together and challenges disadvantage to create a more equal society.

"Everyone has a stake in its success. London Plus has a clear and impressive strategy, and I look forward to getting to work on this."?

Cameron Fitzwilliam-Grey, chair of London Plus, said in a statement: "Martin brings a wealth of experience to this role and I am thrilled he is joining us.

"We have an ambitious strategy and, together with the rest of the board, I look forward to working with Martin on this."

London Plus succeeded Greater London Volunteering, which remains its legal name, as the infrastructure body for civil society organisations in the capital in 2018.

It is in the process of transforming from a membership organisation to operating as a partnership model.

According to its latest accounts, for the financial year ending 22 November 2018, it generated income of £261,000. The City Bridge Trust is its main funder.

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