10 Mar 2014
Simon Hebditch has worked in the voluntary and community sector for many years, specialising in policy analysis, strategic planning, campaigning and external relations.
Most recently, he was the first chief executive of Capacitybuilders from February 2006 to March 2008. Previously, Hebditch had been external affairs director of the Charities Aid Foundation and assistant director of NCVO.
Simon is currently a freelance consultant and has participated in a project for the Commission for the Compact looking at European funding conditions and the relationship with Compact principles.
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As well as a promise to reintroduce the Charities Bill in the first Queen's speech of a new parliament after the general election, sector bodies have outlined their wishlist for the new government.
The NCVO is to lead two of the new government-funded National Support Services being established by Capacitybuilders to replace the controversial ChangeUp hubs.
The news that three of the sector's big representative bodies have made a commitment to sharing office premises will come as little surprise to some.
It's been a rocky and controversial ride for the hubs, set up by the government under the ChangeUp programme to help develop and support infrastructure in the voluntary sector across six areas of activity.