Office for Civil Society appoints new director

Written by Lauren Weymouth

David Knott has been appointed as the new director of the Office for Civil Society.

The government has been advertising for a new director for the OCS since August, when former-director Mark Fisher moved to the Cabinet Office as director general.

Knott was promoted from deputy director of the OCS and has previously worked in a number of government departments, such as the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Department for International Development.

In an online advert for the role published in the summer, it stated the director of the OCS sets the overall vision and direction for the office, and supports the government’s ambitions for volunteering and philanthropy.

The advertisement stated the successful candidate will develop a new direction for work on civil society across government. This includes “supporting the transition of the National Citizen Service (NCS) to a public body, providing strong stewardship of the Big Lottery Fund, and putting in place a strong relationship with the Charity Commission”.

The new director will also develop a “range of innovative funding approaches with the private sector”, and help lead the responsible business agenda.

The role reports to the director general for performance and strategy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and shapes strategy through work with Ministers. The salary was originally listed at around £90,000 a year.

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