New Board appointments for CfGS: Dr Catherine Howe and Nick Chard

Posted on 17/07/2017 by Nicolay Sorensen.

CfGS is delighted to confirm the appointment of Dr Catherine Howe, Digital Innovation Director, Capita and Cllr Nick Chard, Kent County Council to the CfGS trustee board.

Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, CfGS, commenting on the appointments said:

“We are delighted to have Catherine and Nick join the CfGS Board, which is growing in depth and breadth of expertise. Nick’s long standing political expertise will be invaluable as we negotiate turbulent times across national and local government and Catherine’s knowledge and understanding of digital democracy will be a great asset to CfGS.”

Dr Catherine Howe joined Capita in 2015 from Public-I where she was Chief Executive. Catherine is a specialist in social media and digital democracy with a background in technology delivery. She blogs at and tweets @curiousc. Catherine’s expertise will help drive CfGS’s work in embracing the opportunities of technology to transform governance across the public and private sector.

Cllr Nick Chard, was first elected in May 1997 as the member for Sevenoaks East. Nick has held a number of important committee appointments within the council, as well as sitting on the Fire Commission for Kent and Medway and the Local Government Association Properties and Management Boards. Nick’s fulfils the constitutional appointment of an LGA representative to the Board as it is one of the founding organisations of CfGS.

Commenting on her appointment Dr Catherine Howe said:

“I am a passionate advocate for the power of good governance and scrutiny. It can make a real difference to people’s lives. I’m hoping that I can use this passion and my professional expertise in digital, business development and transformation to support CfGS as it continues to grow as a business and in its influence.”

Cllr Nick Chard said of is appointment:

“I am proud to be joining the CfGS Board, an organisation not afraid to tackle the difficult issues and come up with innovative solutions. As one of the founding member organisations, the LGA continues to support the important work CfGS does.”


About the Author: Nicolay Sorensen

As Head of Communications, Nicolay oversees CfGS’s communications strategy, events, branding and media relations.