ISC hires to save charitable status

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has poached APCO UK associate Nick von Westenholz as its public affairs manager as it strives to protect its members’ charitable status.

Last month’s Charities Bill outlined plans that threaten to strip the schools of their status unless they prove they provide a ‘public benefit’.

Von Westenholz is charged with advancing the sector’s case to policy makers and MPs. He reports to ISC director of comms Dick Davison and replaces James Barlow, who quit in September to join Bell Pottinger Public Affairs as an account director.

Charitable status is worth around £100m a year to the sector and accounts for an average of 2.5 per cent of schools’ fee income, according to Davison.

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