New manager takes helm at commissioning programme

The Improvement and Development Agency has appointed Sarah Wood as director of its third-sector commissioning programme.

Wood has previously held the posts of director of policy at the Local Government Association, and interim director of resources at the Border & Immigration Agency.

The IDeA’s commissioning programme aims to build understanding of the “unique circumstances of third sector organisations and the benefits they can bring to the design and delivery of services”.

The IDeA was appointed by the Office of the Third Sector to manage the commissioning programme in March.

It will work with 2,000 commissioners from across the public sector, including staff from Jobcentre Plus, health authorities, the National Offender Management Service and local councils.

Ed Miliband, minister for the Third Sector, said: “The national programme for third sector commissioning aims to bring about an essential culture change in how the state works with the sector at a local level.

“Sarah Wood boasts a wealth of understanding of local government and the third sector, and her experience and expertise will prove invaluable in making this important programme a success.”

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