In the cabinet reshuffle, the former Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, stepped down and Brooks Newmark took on the mantle. The responsibilities of the Minister for Civil Society include public and third sector issues, volunteering, the Big Society agenda, charities, social investment / enterprises and public bodies. In this post we take a brief look at the new Minister for Civil Society, his background and what difference we can expect him to make to the third sector.
The new Minister has studied at Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Worcester College, Oxford, and has been the Conservative MP for Braintree since 2005. He has a background in the financial sector and became senior partner at private equity firm Apollo in 1998. His charitable credentials include co-founding and directing A Partner in Education, a charity that helps to train teachers in Rwanda, as well as involvement with charities including Get Kids Going!, PARC (Essex) and Farleigh Hospice.
According to Third Sector, Brooks Newmark’s political interests include “foreign policy, poverty reduction and international development, special needs education and women’s issues.” It is also evident that young people are high on his agenda, as he co-founded last year’s Million Jobs campaign against youth unemployment and recently spoke out in praise of the launch of the National Citizenship Service (NCS) in Wales, an annual scheme where young people get involved with community projects.
It is hoped that the new Minister’s financial background will help him to ensure the third sector grows and prospers under his leadership, enabling charities and not-for-profits to maximise their social impact.
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