Developing a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales
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Richard Gutch (Secretary)

Richard is working part-time as the Secretary to the Commission. Richard began his career as a town planner, but moved into the voluntary sector in the 1980s when he worked for NCVO and subsequently became CEO Arthritis Care. He then worked as a funder, first as Director for England and Strategic Programmes with the National Lottery Community Fund and then as the first CEO of Futurebuilders. Since 2008, he has been an Associate with Prospectus, a charity recruitment company. He was Secretary to the NCVO Funding Commission in 2010 and managed the merger of Disability Alliance, the National Centre of Independent Living and Radar to form Disability Rights UK in January 2012. He is a former chair of ACEVO and currently a trustee of NAVCA and of Independent Age. He has written a number of publications and most recently has written ‘The Good Merger Guide’.

Sara Ogilvie (Research Assistant)

Sara is working full time as the Research Assistant to the Commission. She worked as a policy adviser at the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council from 2009-2012, where she was also Secretary to the organisation's Welsh Committee. Prior to that, Sara completed an LLB and an LLM at King's College London, and studied for a Maitrise en Droit at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.