Charities body NCVO hires ex-BBC reporter to boost sector coverage

Charity sector umbrella body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has appointed a former BBC producer and reporter to launch an initiative aimed at getting more frequent, positive coverage for the sector.

Giselle Green: Previously worked as a producer and reporter
Giselle Green: Previously worked as a producer and reporter

Giselle Green has taken up the role of media network co-ordinator and will develop the NCVO’s mission to encourage newspapers to feature more frequent, positive coverage of the charity sector and its work.

The post was created in May, but the umbrella body said it had been forced to take stock after the initial recruitment process failed to find a suitable candidate for the role, which was advertised on an annual salary of £38,000.

An NCVO spokeswoman said: "We are pleased to welcome Giselle to the post of media network co-ordinator and will be releasing details of the project and how to get involved in the new year."

Green has previously worked as a producer on the BBC Radio 4 programmes The World at One and PM and as a reporter on BBC local radio.

She has joined the NCVO from her role as director of comms for the National Health Action Party, a group campaigning against changes to the health service. Before that she ran the media campaign for the independent candidate Siobhan Benita in the 2012 London mayoral election.

The news comes at the end of a difficult year for the charity sector, with public concerns over fundraising techniques and the very public fall from grace of Kids Company securing bad headlines for the sector, and prompting a new alliance between the NCVO and another sector body.

  • This story originally appeared on Third Sector magazine, and has been edited for use on PRWeek

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