Charlotte Lawson, who has been Theresa May’s special adviser on charity sector policy since last year, has stood down from her government role.
Lawson was brought in to head up a revamped voluntary sector policy unit at Number Ten last autumn, but has decided to retire to spend more time with her family.
She said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to champion the civil society agenda within government and I am sure it will continue to be vitally important going forward.”
Before joining Number Ten Lawson had been development and strategic partnerships director at the Centre for Social Justice. Her appointment had been viewed by some in the sector as a positive step in resetting the relationship between government and the charities.
Her resignation comes after Theresa May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, stood down after the Conservative Party failed to win an overall majority last week. They have been replaced by ex-MP Gavin Barwell but no formal announcement has yet been made about special advisers and their roles in this government.
Charities are also without a minister after the last minister for civil society, Rob Wilson, lost his seat at the election with replacement yet to be announced.