Michael O'Toole steps down as sector crown representative to lead the charity Mentor

O'Toole has worked in the Cabinet Office to open more public services to the voluntary sector and influence public sector commissioning and policy

Michael O’Toole
Michael O’Toole

Michael O’Toole, the first crown representative for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, is to leave the Cabinet Office after two years to join the drug and alcohol awareness charity Mentor.

O’Toole will become chief executive of the charity, which works to protect children and young people from the harm caused by drugs and alcohol, on 6 October.

As crown representative, he has worked in the Cabinet Office to open more public services to the voluntary sector, influence public sector commissioning and policy and help voluntary sector organisations win and operate public service contracts.

The department said it would be recruiting a replacement.

Bill Crothers, the government’s chief commercial officer, said O’Toole had played an important role over the past two years and had given voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations a voice in public service commissioning.

"When you consider that more than 500 VCSEs have already taken part in the VCSE commercial masterclasses programme that we launched last year – as well as the fact that more than half of the current tier 1 bidders for the Ministry of Justice’s innovative Transforming Rehabilitation programme include a charity, mutual or social enterprise – our commitment in supporting the sector is clear," he said.

Sim Scavazza, chair of Mentor, said that O’Toole would be joining the charity at a critical phase in its growth and development as the charity increased in size and influence.

O’Toole said: "I am very much looking forward to applying my skills and knowledge at Mentor. Prevention and early intervention are increasingly recognised as fundamental to improving our children’s wellbeing and their achievements as adults and citizens. Mentor is in a great position to help transform our society."

O’Toole previously ran 3SC, a social enterprise partnership representing about 1,500 members. He has also led business development, marketing and communications at the information charity BSS and was a director at Connaught plc. He has been a trustee of three charities and led the establishment of a new charitable consortium in the children’s services early intervention sector.

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