Former PM Gordon Brown could quickly become the “First Minister” of the UK’s voluntary organisations as the most powerful and well-connected man to commit to charity work.
“This is a man who, in ‘partirement’, won’t just make a difference on the ground in hospices and soup kitchens; he has the potential to completely change the status and operational approach of any voluntary organisation with which he gets involved,” said Emma Soames, over-50s champion and editor-at-large of Saga Magazine.
“Voluntary organisations will be falling over each other to sign up Gordon Brown as a trustee, a director or an executive. He can basically write his own ticket.
“In an environment in which business sometimes wonders whether its contributions are wisely placed or wisely spent, Gordon Brown, while not famous for his ability to engage with people, is considered to be a most prudent operator.
“That would be particularly attractive to businesses who like the idea of a solid pair of hands directing their charity contributions.”
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