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Charity sector's Covid campaign was 'dreadful' and 'secretive', CEO says

The charity sector must transform the way it works with government after a “dreadful” campaign during the pandemic, according to Richard Hawkes.

Hawkes, the chief executive of the British Asian Trust, was speaking yesterday at an event hosted by the charity think tank NPC.

He criticised sector leaders for creating a “secret, self-appointed” group who oversaw a “badly executed” campaign to try and influence government at the start of Covid-19.

Responding to Hawke’s comments, Sarah Vibert, the interim chief executive of NCVO, said that she disagreed with his analysis. She said the campaign, in which NCVO played a major role, was a “really significant achievement” thanks to collaboration in public and behind the scenes.

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