Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Thomas Hughes-Hallett is chair of Cause4 since August 2013.
He was chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care from 2000 to 2012. In April 2012 he became a trustee for the King's Fund.
Educated at Eton College and Oxford University (where he gained an MA in modern history) Tom, as he is known, went on to qualify as a barrister. From there he spent 22 years in the banking profession working as chief executive of Enskilda Corporate, chairman of Robert Fleming Securities, and later, director of Fleming Asset Management.
In December 2010 he was announced as chair of the new independent Philanthropy Review, a collaboration of voluntary and private sector bodies who aim to identify ways of achieving a step-change in charitable giving in the UK. He is also a member of the Kings Fund General Advisory Council, chairman of the End of Life Care Implementation Advisory Board, review chair for the Palliative Care Funding Review for adults and children in England and a trustee of Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Tom has formerly been chairman of English Churches Housing Group and the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, a director of the National Council for Palliative Care and a special trustee of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2012.
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The Philanthropy Review has issued a “call-to-action” to businesses, philanthropists and government to adopt proposals which it says will earn charities an additional £2bn by 2015.
The NHS Future Forum’s report on choice and competition has argued strongly in favour of allowing charities to deliver more NHS services, as well as giving them the ‘Right to Challenge’.
Vocal philanthropist and former charity chief executive Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett has been appointed as the new chair of Cause4.
This is exactly the reason that I am a development director, not a fund raiser, and why I try to get volunteers to do my fundraising where possible. I can never change the perception that I am the hired help because, guess what, I am - even though I'm a donor and a legacy pledger, too.
The Institute of Fundraising has begun to work more closely with philanthropists and called for 'more and better asking' by fundraisers.
Thomas Hughes-Hallett has warned that if there is no announcement on the proposed tax relief cap by next week’s Giving Summit, the sector will face an uphill battle to get it amended.
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, has asked the Public Administration Select Committee for a session with charity chief executives to address criticisms made towards the voluntary sector in a PASC meeting last week.