The Third Sector Advisory Body was set up in July 2008, replacing the four advisory structures previously operating and is complemented by our strategic partners programme.
The primary purpose of the body is to provide advice to Ministers and the OTS in overseeing the implementation of the third sector review commitments and priorities. It will work with our strategic partners. Ministers will also be looking to members of the advisory body to present ideas about future priorities, issues and policies which might affect the sector.
The Third Sector Advisory Body members are:
IN April 2009 the advisory body published a health check of the Office of the Third Sector. The report examines the capacity of the OTS to deliver the commitments in the Third Sector Review. The report, based on a series of stakeholder interviews, provides a great deal of positive feedback alongside a series of recommendations to take forward. The report and the OTS response can be downloaded below:
Up to 31 March 2008 there were a number of bodies reporting to Office of the Third Sector that advised ministers about aspects of third sector policy:
The OTS would like to thank all of the chairs and members of the OTS advisory groups above and recognise their work and contribution towards programmes such as Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders as well as the Third Sector Review.
The final report of the third sector review set out measures for how the Office of the Third Sector should strengthen and rationalise its advisory structures. It was to do this by committing to fund the strategic partner programme into the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review years (2008–2011), and by creating a single, streamlined advisory body (see section 2.34 of the full report).
Having sought views on how best to establish a single advisory body via questionnaires and feedback from existing advisory groups, the Minister for the Third Sector decided that the advisory body would be set up as an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). There would be up to 12 individual members and one chair, placed on the body as a public appointment. The chair and members would be recruited in line with the Office of the Commission for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies