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Government appoints 'crown representative' for the voluntary sector - 15 June 2012

Michael O'Toole, former head of the third sector bidding consortium (3SC), takes on new role managing the relationship between government and the sector.

According to a statement from the Cabinet Office, the new position aims to 'ensure the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) voice is heard at the highest levels' and to open up more public sector business opportunities for these types of organisations, whilst helping to improve the relationship between government and the sector.

O’Toole, who starts his new job on Monday, said: 'I passionately believe that the sector offers a huge contribution to public services delivery, which is still largely untapped. Its passion, innovation and huge voluntary resource can offer government an efficient and effective public services delivery option.'

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said the appointment showed how serious government was about 'enabling the voluntary sector to win more public contracts, and give it the tools it needs to achieve this'.

For the Cabinet Office press release click here.

For the Third Sector article click here.