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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The Cabinet Office has been criticised by the National Audit Office for weak design and poor oversight of a grants programme, after £750,000 was wrongly awarded.
Alan Yentob, chair of Kids Company, has admitted that the charity made mistakes but defended the motives of its founder and chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh.
The RSPCA and RSPB have offered to show the minister for civil society how they carry out their charitable objectives after he used them as examples of charities that have strayed from their mission.
The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."
Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society, has been criticised on the front page of a national newspaper after claiming 9p for a 350 yard car journey to visit a constituent and 60p towards the cost of maintaining his bicycle.
Jackie Morton, a trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust, will act as its interim chief executive while the charity recruits a replacement for Rosemary Gillespie, who was recently asked to stand down as chief executive with immediate effect.
The most senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office warned against providing a £3m grant to Kids Company because the charity was unlikely to meet its conditions, but was overruled by ministers, letters published today reveal.
The gender pay gap for marketing and communications staff working in charities has narrowed, with men earning 10 per cent more than women in 2015 compared to 15 per cent last year, according to a salary survey.