Richard Corden works at Central Lobby Consultants, the parliamentary and public affairs agency run by Helen Donoghue.
He joined CLC in June 2011, shortly after the Commission for the Compact, where he was chief executive, was culled in the bonfire of the quangoes.
Corden had joined the Commission for the Compact as interim chief executive in June 2007 and was confirmed in that role permanently in June 2008.
Corden has 20 years’ experience of working within government on voluntary sector policy, on charity law and practice, and on the regulation of charities. He joined the Commission from HM Treasury, where he worked on the government’s review of the role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration.
Before that, he worked in the Office of the Third Sector, where he was in charge of pushing through the Charities Act 2006 to reform and modernize the law and regulation of charities. His earlier appointments were in the Home Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and the Charity Commission.
Central Lobby Consultants runs Charity Tax Group, the Legislation Monitoring Service for Charities, and the Churches Legislation Advisory Service.
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Richard Corden, former chief executive of the Commission for the Compact and veteran of numerous civil service roles working with the voluntary sector, has joined Helen Donoghue’s public affairs agency Central Lobby Consultants.
The Commission for the Compact is poised to launch a toolkit that will demonstrate to local authorities how much money they can save by using the Compact in their dealings with voluntary sector groups.
The Commission for the Compact inched closer to getting statutory powers last month when Lord Best suggested in a House of Lords debate that it be included in the bill on local democracy currently winding its way through parliament. During the second reading of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill, Lord Best said: "In terms of possible additions to the Bill...this Bill could be the moment to put on statutory basis the role of the Compact Commissioner, who handles relationships between statutory bodies and the voluntary sector.
Charities minister Phil Hope has held a meeting with sector umbrella groups and the Commission for the Compact to clarify what the role of the Commission should be in the future.
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