National Lottery handout body the Community Fund has made its
director of communications Paul Hensby redundant following a management
The decision was taken by the fund's CEO Richard Buxton, who has decided
to merge the policy and communications teams into one department.
The newly created post of director of strategic communications and
policy has yet to be filled but it is speculated that current director
of policy Gerald Oppenheim will take the role.
The revamped 18-strong team includes 12 from communications and six from
policy, which formulates the organisation's mission statement and
There are not thought to be any further redundancies in
Previously called the National Lotteries Charities Board (NLCB), the
Government body rebranded as the Community Fund earlier this year.
Hensby has decided to take up freelance work from March next year, when
he is due to leave the fund.
Setting up as Hensby Communications, he will specialise in the UK
'A permanent post elsewhere didn't appeal at this time and I feel that
this would be the best use of my experience,' he said.
'Some charities are likely to merge in the next year or so and they will
need to be certain their new brands communicate their values and purpose
clearly,' Hensby added.
He joined the NLCB in 1995 at a time when media relations was being used
extensively to counter accusations that lottery money was being
Grants to charities involved in ex-offender and asylum-seeker work
attracted particular criticism as did grants to buy items of historical
significance, such as letters written by Winston Churchill.
Buxton, who joined in October, has also merged the finance, personnel
and IT directorships into one role as part of his review.
That decision has prompted the departure of finance director Barry
MacDonald, who is to join the Central Office of Information as head of