Minister tells Kevin Curley: 'I will miss you'

28 Feb 2012 News

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd paid a warm tribute to erstwhile Navca chief executive Kevin Curley at the organisation’s annual parliamentary reception in the House of Commons last night.

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd paid a warm tribute to erstwhile Navca chief executive Kevin Curley at the organisation’s parliamentary reception in the House of Commons last night.

In his customary dry-witted tone, Hurd opened with a reference to the previous evening’s Oscars ceremony:  “Many very good films were overlooked,” he said.  “One of them: ‘We have to talk about Kevin’.  Luckily tonight we have a chance to correct that wrong.”

He went on to describe Curley as a constant source of “very direct and very trustworthy advice”.

“I have relied on lots of people to give me advice – and lots more have given me advice even when I didn’t ask for it – but I have always relied on you Kevin to tell me the way you see it. I’ve valued that enormously.

“You have done a magnificent job on behalf of your membership and I will miss you.”

He said he had put Curley on the spot a few minutes earlier by asking him what he was most proud of in his 40-year CVS career.  “He immediately replied: ‘The way the members and the CVS network have adapted over the years to the need to change but always remained focused on the mission’.  I think that tells you a lot about the man – he was put on the spot and that was his instinctive response.”

Hurd also spent a minute formally welcoming Curley’s successor, Joe Irvin, to the role, and was unable to resist a humorous dig at the former Labour adviser: “He’s worked with some thoroughly dodgy people in the past…but he’s very dedicated and I thoroughly look forward to working with him.”

Click here to read what Kevin Curley said in his address.

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