Tony Burton CBE has been appointed as interim chair of the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).
DCMS advertised for a new NLCF chair of the board last year and has not responded to a question about why it did not appoint a permanent chair.
Burton's term runs from 20 December 2019 to 20 August 2020 and the role is remunerated at £40,000 per annum.
He joined the board in 2012 and became vice chair of the NLCF in 2014. He works on a wide range of community and environmental projects, including providing support for community groups on neighbourhood planning and as chair of CPRE London.
He is also currently the vice chair of HS2’s independent Design Panel and a director of London’s environmental record centre Greenspace Information for Greater London.
Burton is required to declare any significant political activity in the last five years. This is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Burton has not declared any activity.
He takes over from former Conservative MP Peter Ainsworth, who had been chair since 2011. He had been due to complete his term last summer but it was extended November 2019.
The NLCF confirmed that Ainsworth had served the maximum term, but said it could not comment further as this is a government appointment. DCMS said it could not comment on Ainsworth stepping down as chair.