Chris Pond has announced that he is stepping down from
his role as chair of Capacitybuilders, due to an increase
in the time commitment required by his role as director
of financial capability at the Financial Services Authority.
Stephen Dunmore has been appointed as the interim chair
of Capacitybuilders. He has been asked to step up from the
Capacitybuilders’ board to provide continuity of leadership
in delivery of Capacitybuilders’ programmes in support
of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.
Dunmore brings with him experience of grant giving and
the third sector as a result of his work at the Big Lottery
Fund, and as Chair of the BBC’s Advisory Committee
on Charitable Appeals.
Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, said: “I
am extremely grateful to Chris Pond for all his hard work
and dedication. His leadership has helped to set up Capacitybuilders
as a new organisation and ensured that it successfully delivers
its funding programmes.
"I want to maintain consistency and stability for
Capacitybuilders which is why I’ve appointed Stephen
Dunmore as the interim Chair. He has great experience of
Capacitybuilders and working with the third sector more
broadly. I’m confident that he will lead continued
progress developing vital third sector support services.”
Capacitybuilders is a Non-Departmental Public Body which
seeks to improve access to advice, training and development
services for third sector organisations.
It delivers programmes on behalf of the Office of the Third
Sector, Defra and the Home Office.
Most recently, it has led delivery of the Modernisation
Fund (www.modernisationfund.org.uk) aimed at providing direct
assistance to frontline third sector organisations seeking
to meet the challenges of the economic downturn.
Stephen Dunmore said: ”Over the past three years,
Capacitybuilders has delivered an increasing portfolio of
programmes, focused on transforming the support and advice
available to frontline organisations.
" I look forward to working with Capacitybuilders’
staff and Board, and the sector as a whole, at a time when
the ability to access high quality support and advice is
more important than ever to those working in the third sector”.
Announcing his departure, Chris Pond said: ”Over
the last three years, Capacitybuilders has helped ensure
that, across the country, third sector organisations are
able to access more effective, better coordinated support
and advice services.
"An effective and dynamic third sector is vital to
the strength of our communities. I am confident that, under
Stephen’s leadership, Capacitybuilders will continue
to deliver on that vision.”
The interim appointment of Stephen Dunmore has been made
in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public
Appointments. The post of Chair of the Capacitybuilders
is paid at the sum of £18,000 per year. A full recruitment
process will be held next year.