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Robert Dufton to join Cass Business School

Cass's Centre for Charity Effectiveness delighted to welcome prominent leader of charitable sector

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School is delighted to announce that Robert Dufton, Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, will be joining the team for the academic year 2013-14.

Robert Dufton will be stepping down from his role at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to join the Centre for Charity Effectiveness and, once in post, will undertake research into the effectiveness of foundations, in particular how they benefit the public, as well as teaching.

Professor Paul Palmer, Associate Dean at Cass Business School and Director of the Centre for Charitable Effectiveness said: "We are delighted that Robert will be joining the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School on sabbatical in 2013.

"His experience as a leader in the charitable sector and his understanding of philanthropy, particularly in relation to foundations, will be of great value to our research and teaching.
He will be working with Dr Peter Grant researching the effectiveness of foundations and teaching on our MSc Philanthropy programme."

Robert Dufton said: "As an alumnus of Cass Business School, it is with particular pleasure that I look forward to working alongside its staff and students.

"After nearly 9 years at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it's time for me to move on. Spending time at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness gives me a valuable opportunity to reflect on my experiences at the Foundation, and on my voluntary work in the charitable sector, conduct research and teach.

"It's been a privilege leading the development of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and to work with its trustees and staff. With the recent publication of the Foundation's first Impact Report, we can be confident that the ambitious strategic aims we set ourselves are being achieved."

Robert Dufton has been Director at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation since 2004. Under his leadership the Foundation's annual grant-making has grown from £6m to £20m, staffing from 11 to 33, and it has been transformed into a strategic philanthropic organisation.

Jane Hamlyn, Chair of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: "Robert has led the Foundation through an extraordinary period of change. Under his leadership, PHF has been transformed into a strategic organisation, respected by its peers for the rigour and creativity of its grant-making, and with a deep commitment to learning. We are pleased that Robert will be joining the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School to conduct research and to share his knowledge and experience."

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