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Government takes over a year to appoint chair of National Citizen Service body

12 Jul 2018 News

Brett Wigdortz, chair, NCS Trust

Over a year after its creation, and after two recruitment rounds, the new body set up to run the National Citizen Service has appointed a chair.

Brett Wigdortz was named today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the new chair of the NCS Trust.

He led Teach First, a charity which runs a programme to recruit graduates to the teaching profession, from its inception in 2012 until October 2017. He has written a book about his experience at Teach First and was given an OBE in 2013. 

Wigdortz is a trustee of Teach For All, a network of more than 45 Teach First partner programmes in countries all over the world. He is a trustee of Teach First Israel, and was the vice chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Education Advisory Group. He is also co-founder and chief executive of – a new digital platform aiming to grow, support and improve the quality of childminders and small nurseries. 

Over a year to appoint a chair

The National Citzen Service Trust was registered as a royal charter body on 3 May 2017 and will take over the running of the government’s flagship youth social action programme from a community interest company, NCS Trust CIC. The government said that this is to make the programme more accountable. 

The government advertised for a chair in July 2017, with applications closing in October and an announcement expected early in 2018. But the government decided to re-run the process and re-opened to applications in March 2018. 

It does not appear than any other board members have yet been appointed. A recruitment advert seeking new board members was posted by the Centre for Public Appointments last week. 

The new organisation is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Wigdortz will be paid £400 a day, up to a maximum of £40,000, for his role as chair of NCS Trust and is expected to commit one to two days a week to the role. He has been appointed for a three-year term, starting today and ending on 11 July 2021. 

Under the terms of the NCS Charter, appointment of the chair and members is made by the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council and on a recommendation from the Prime Minister.

Editor's note: this story has been updated after NCS sent a press release

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