Peter  Wanless

Peter Wanless

Chief executive, NSPCC

Peter Wanless has been NSPCC's chief executive since June 2013. Before that he had been the Big Lottery Fund's chief executive for five years.

He was previously at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, where he established their Families Group. Before that he was director of School Performance and Reform.

Between 1998 and 2003 Peter was the department’s director of strategy and communications. He previously worked at the Treasury, operating in a range of roles including head of private finance policy and principal private Secretary to three Cabinet ministers.

Peter is married with a young son and was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2007 New Year Honours List for distinguished public service.


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£59.4m raised by London Marathon runners in 2016

London Marathon runners raised £59.4m for charity in 2016, setting a new record for a single day, annual charity fundraising event for the 10th year in a row.


The national children’s charity, NSPCC, has set up a working group to push for regulatory changes to the provision of ‘zero-rated’ websites by network providers – to enable children to access its ChildLine website without buying data.

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The British Red Cross, Macmillan, NSPCC and Oxfam all breached the Code of Fundraising Practice in their dealings with now defunct fundraising agency GoGen, a Fundraising Standards Board report released today has said.

Charities could take over poorly performing children’s services, Prime Minister announces

Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced radical reforms that will allow charities, as well as high-performing local authorities and experts, to take over poorly performing children’s services from local authorities.

Peter Wanless, chief executive, NSPCC

Chief executives of some of the UK's largest charities told a Parliamentary inquiry this morning that they failed to properly monitor their telephone fundraising agencies and said fundraising regulation needs a statutory underpinning.

Charities are not doing enough to defend themselves over pay, conference hears

Charities are not doing enough in response to attacks on chief executive pay, a Directory of Social Change conference heard yesterday.

Is it time for charities to fight back on chief executive pay?

The charity sector has suffered in silence through repeated attacks on its leaders over their pay, but these tactics aren't working, says David Ainsworth. It's time for charities to defend themselves.

The Sun attacks NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless over pay

The Sun has today criticised large UK charities, including the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie, over chief executive pay.

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