Richard Handover, former chairman and CEO of WHSmith, has been appointed as chair of the new £150m Power to Change Trust, which will give grants to community-led enterprises across England.
After more than six years at Age UK, where she has progressed from communications director to charity director general, Michelle Mitchell will join MS Society as chief executive from September.
It is incredibly important that charities raise larger concerns about broader issues, rather than only focusing on the immediate situation.
Macmillan Cancer Support, Arthritis Care and Epilepsy Action are among a coterie of charities that will be funded by the Department of Health to develop their skills as commissioning support organisations.
The Department of Health has awarded £56,500 to a non-profit commissioning support body set up by three charities, to enable it to help other healthcare charities become commissioning support organisations themselves.
The Epilepsy Society has become an affiliate member of the voluntary sector-led neurology commissioning support organisation set up to influence NHS commissioning, after it identified large sums of money being wasted on unnecessary epilepsy treatment.
A commissioning support agency set up by the MND Association, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK is set to reap the benefits of the new commissioning landscape proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.