Michael O'Toole will be new chief executive of 3SC

Third sector bidding consortium plans to be 'the social enterprise Serco'

Third sector bidding consortium 3SC has appointed Michael O'Toole as its new chief executive.

O'Toole, business development director for the compliance division at construction firm Connaught, will take over this month as the head of the 500-member consortium, which has a turnover of about £45m a year and is one of the largest providers for the Government's Future Jobs Fund.

A spokesman for 3SC said O'Toole had spent eight years in the sector, including six years as marketing director of bss, a charity that provides call centre services to other charities.

Richard Litchfield, interim chief executive since shortly after 3SC was set up in May last year, will return to his previous job as chief executive of social enterprise consultancy Eastside Consulting. He will remain a board member of 3SC.

Litchfield said he expected 3SC to grow until it was worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the third sector, and promised it would become "the social enterprise Serco".

The consortium has also submitted a pre-qualification questionnaire for the Department of Work and Pensions' Invest to Save programme, which aims to transfer people on long-term incapacity benefit into work. The programme rewards contractors according to the length of time people remain in work.

The programme will work with 110,000 people and could pay up to £8,000 per person placed in work.

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