David Knott becomes interim chief executive at National Lottery Community Fund

10 Jun 2021 News

David Knott, chief executive at the NLCF

David Knott has been named as interim chief executive of the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).

Knott, who was previously the director of the Office for Civil Society (OCS), will stay in the role until a permanent chief executive is appointed, NLCF said.

Dawn Austwick left NLCF at the end of 2020, after seven years in charge. Applications for her permanent replacement closed last September.


Knott joined NLCF as a senior adviser in October 2020, on a 12-month secondment from the OCS, where he led the government’s work with civil society.

He has also worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Cabinet Office and the Department for International Development.

Knott said in a statement: “It is an honour to be asked to lead the NLCF as chief executive for the next phase. 

“I will focus on putting communities first, helping ensure the Fund is ready to emerge from the pandemic and provide the much-needed support to people and communities across the UK.”

NLCF declined to say how long Knott would remain in post, and whether his new role meant his secondment from the OCS would be extended, but said that “further details on the recruitment campaign will be publicly available soon”.

John Rose, who has been NLCF’s interim chief executive for the last six months, will return to his role as the funder’s director for Wales, with a focus on climate and environment issues.


Blondel Cluff, who has been chair of the NLCF since February, said: “Firstly, I must thank John Rose for his immense support and dedication during my introduction to the NLCF. 

“Secondly, I would like to welcome David Knott to the role of interim chief executive, and look forward to working closely with him to support communities throughout the UK during this exceptionally challenging time.”

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