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New LSC appointment to ensure 'well-rounded advice' to voluntary sector.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has moved to ensure its policy advice properly represents the third sector by appointing social enterprise expert Mollie Temple to its Working Together group.

Currently chairwoman of the board of Local Care Direct in West Yorkshire (a social enterprise healthcare provider), Temple joins the ten-strong advisory group, set up last October to help strengthen the LSC's relationship with the voluntary and community sector.

Working Together oversees the implementation of a strategy aiming to enhance the way the LSC works in partnership with the third sector and encourage greater engagement between the two.

Temple said: "I am looking forward to my new role with the advisory group and think that my considerable experience in both the educational and the third sectors will be of benefit in taking forward its planned significant practice changes in this area."

Temple began her career as a secondary school English teacher, before joining Leeds Polytechnic as a lecturer in communications and social science. She became pro vice chancellor of Sunderland University in 1993 and principal of Bolton Institute of Higher Education in 1999.

LSC chief executive Mark Haysom said that appointing a new member to the advisory group demonstrated the LSC's continuing commitment to improving its working relationship with voluntary and community sector partners. "Changes we have made to the funding application process, following the advice of the Working Together group, are already making it more accessible for third sector organisations. We are working on further amendments that will serve to increasingly open the LSC up to the third sector so that working with us is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

"We recognise that there have been some difficulties in the past for the third sector in its contracting with the LSC, but we are keen to move forward with the sector to deliver the highest quality service for learners."

And Shirley Cramer, chairwoman of the Working Together group, added: "We welcome Mollie and her expertise to the group. Her appointment will ensure our advice to the LSC is well-rounded and considers all types of organisation within the voluntary and community sector."
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Title Annotation:NEW APPOINTMENTS; Learning and Skills Council appointed Mollie Temple
Publication:Training Journal
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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