Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

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GDST moves to performance-related pay structure

The Girls' Day School Trust is moving all of its staff, including teachers, to performance-related pay, its chief executive told a Civil Society Media conference earlier this week.

Shaun Rafferty, chief operating officer, JRF and JRHT

Care staff turnover at the Joseph Rowntree charities fell from 26 per cent to 12 per cent because it is paying more than its competitors, the chief operating officer said yesterday.

Peers call for the FRSB to be replaced during charities bill debate

Members of the House of Lords have called for tighter regulation of fundraising, which would see the Fundraising Standards Board replaced, during the third reading of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill yesterday.

Mike Smith incoming joint head of media and public affairs, IoF and PFRA

The Institute of Fundraising and the Public Fundraising Association have appointed Mike Smith as joint head of media and public affairs, in a further indication of a closer connection between the two bodies.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

MPs to investigate roles of government and Charity Commission in closure of Kids Company

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the closure of Kids Company to look at whether the level of government funding was appropriate and the role of the Charity Commission.

New charity CRM system launches

A new cloud-based customer relationship management system, Donorfy, is now available, and is free to use for charities with fewer than 500 contacts in their databases.

Charities give government 1.4 million reasons to do more to help refugees

A coalition of charities, campaigning and media organisations, including Refugee Action and Save the Children, convened outside Parliament to highlight that there have been 1.4 million actions urging the government do more to support refugees.

Baroness Barker

The government should investigate why the Charity Commission "did nothing" about Kids Company and why departments continued to fund a "clearly inadequately managed" charity, a House of Lords debate heard yesterday.

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