Office for Civil Society boss seconded to adviser role at Lottery funder

18 Sep 2020 News

David Knott, director of the Office for Civil Society

David Knott, the director of the Office for Civil Society (OCS), is moving to the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) on secondment as a senior adviser to the fund. 

NLCF confirmed that Knott is joining the organisation for 12 months starting in October.

No announcement has yet been made on his successor at the OCS.

The move comes as NLCF continues to recruit for a permanent chief executive to replace Dawn Austwick. She has been in post since 2013 and announced over the summer that she intended to leave NLCF at the end of this year.

Civil service background

Knott has been the director of OCS since November 2017, and was previously deputy director.

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

Knott is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a charity dedicated to finding solutions to social challenges.

'An important time for NLCF'

A spokesperson for NLCF told Civil Society News: "David Knott will be joining NLCF on a 12-month secondment starting in mid-October.

"We regularly have secondments to and from government and other organisations, at a range of levels across the Fund. David will be joining at an important time for the Fund and government as we seek to continue to support communities recovering from Covid-19.

"He will play a role in making sure we connect what we learn from our grantmaking with government, as we all work hard to ensure we are responding in the best possible way for communities."

NLCF made more than 14,000 grants to charities in the UK last year worth nearly £600m, according to its most recent annual report.

Editor's note: Updated to reflect confirmation of David Knott's job title.  

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