Third Sector Excellence Awards 2013: Charity chair of the year - Winner: David McGovern, Lesbian & Gay Foundation

Awarded to the chair of a charity's trustees who has made the most outstanding contribution to the performance of the charity during the year

David McGovern
David McGovern

- Who is chair?

David McGovern works for Transport for Greater Manchester, and has been chair of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation since 2006.

- How and why was he recruited?

McGovern joined the LGF as a volunteer in 2003 after hearing about the charity through its helpline and being involved in the annual Manchester Pride Festival. After three years of volunteering for the helpline, he was elected to the board and was elected to be its chair after only three months. McGovern has worked in the public sector for 26 years, in both local and national government.

- What has he achieved?

McGovern has worked hard behind the scenes to improve the governance of LGF's board by implementing two in-depth governance reviews and carrying out annual board appraisals. The charity says he is constantly driving LGF forward and doing the unglamorous work on systems, processes, risk and planning that will ensure its long-term sustainability. He is also working to increase black and ethnic minority representation.

- What did the judges say?

Phil Maguire, chief executive of the Prison Radio Association, said: "There is clear evidence that he's a chair who understands good governance and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty."

Highly commended

Joe Saxton, People & Planet


- Dame Julia Cleverdon, Teach First

- Stephen Owen, Excellent Development

- Sarah Long, BeatBullying Group


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