Barbara Frost won the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement

The accidental aid-worker

19 Jun 2015 | Tania Mason

Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid for the last ten years, was honoured with the first-ever eponymously named Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, at The Charity Awards 2015.  She spoke to Tania Mason about her career.


The accidental aid-worker

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Justin Davis Smith

Justin Davis Smith of NCVO talks to David Ainsworth about the need to fund volunteering infrastructure, and his targets for employer-supported volunteering.

Rose Bray, Steve Raw, Ned Younger and Tania Mason

Charityworks - the voluntary sector's graduate recruitment programme, has been running for more than six years with nearly 100 charities and housing associations taking part.  Tania Mason spoke to some of those involved.

Caroline Mason

Esmée Fairbairn’s chief executive, Caroline Mason, tells David Ainsworth about the responsibilities that come with being a good grantmaker.

Neil Cleeveley: local infrastructure must show why it is valuable

Navca’s chief executive Neil Cleeveley tells Kirsty Weakley that local infrastructure bodies need to collaborate, argue for early intervention, and explain the contribution they make.

The widely held view that charities should stick to doing good works and stay clear of campaigning is a recipe for social stagnation. The world has changed, charities need to change with it and speak truth to power about what it takes to solve root causes of societal ills rather than pussyfoot around problems.

» Liberal influence: Andrew Hind interviews Lord Rennard

Tearfund's Alison Hopkinson on going from PCs to poverty relief

Tearfund’s finance director, Alison Hopkinson, talks to David Ainsworth about a career that has taken her from protecting margins on PCs to helping bring people out of poverty.


Civil Society News is republishing this article from December 2013 in tribute to Daniel Phelan.

Daniel Phelan first published Charity Finance in 1990, just as the charity sector was about to fundamentally change. Two hundred issues later, he reflects on the journey with Vibeka Mair. 

Rob Wilson MP, minister for civil society

Two days after the Chancellor unveiled his latest plan to cut public spending and outsource large swathes of public services, the minister for civil society has outlined his ideas for boosting the capacity of charities and social enterprises to provide them.  Tania Mason reports.

Nick O'Donohoe, chief executive, BSC

Nick O’Donohoe tells David Ainsworth that although social investment has been a victim of its own hype, it can undoubtedly have a transformative effect.

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