Dame Esther Rantzen

Esther Rantzen becomes a dame; various sector CEOs get CBEs 1

5 Jan 2015 | Tania Mason

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen and Dianne Thompson, former CEO of the National Lottery administrator Camelot, were both made dames in the latest New Year Honours list.


Esther Rantzen becomes a dame; various sector CEOs get CBEs

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Sharmila Nebhrajani

The new chief executive for the Centre for Ageing Better, Sharmila Nebhrajani, has left the post after just three months.

 Big Society has failed, concludes Civil Exchange

A study by the think tank Civil Exchange has found that the Big Society has failed, and the voluntary sector’s influence over government has been reduced.

Andrew Hind

Former Charity Commission chief executive Andrew Hind has declared that the Cup Trust debacle that damaged the regulator’s reputation as a competent organisation was wholly down to the “bad judgement and inadequate leadership” from its senior executive team and board.

Trustee used charity funds to pay for private building work and speeding fines

The Commission has said its powers “were not adequate” in handling a case of a charity which misused thousands of pounds, including spending money on parking and speeding fines.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Eric Pickles

The Muslim Charities Forum is taking legal advice after the Department for Communities and Local Government terminated its funding in response to allegations made in The Telegraph.

RVS operates a 'Good neighbour' befriending service

Royal Voluntary Service, the former WRVS, posted an operating deficit of £6.7m last year, which was £3.6m worse than the charity had planned for.


The Charity Commission will not take action against the RSPB following two formal complaints last year about its activities and campaigns.

Eden Project

Two trustees of the Eden Trust, owner of the Eden Project in Cornwall, loaned the eco-attraction a total of £180,000 during the year to March 2014, and earned £4,241 in interest from the loans during the period.

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