Press release

Lord Wei stands down

Lord Wei has announced he will stand down as the government's adviser on Big Society.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Lord Wei has announced he will stand down as the government’s adviser on Big Society.

He will work with the Community Foundation Network driving practical development of Big Society ideas in communities. 

Lord Wei has played a crucial role in developing the cross government programme of reform that is devolving power to citizens and communities and supporting them to make a difference.He remains a committed advocate of the Big Society and will continue to champion the cause of social action in the House of Lords. 

The Prime Minister added: 

Nat has worked incredibly hard over two years to help develop policies that support the Big Society. He has played an important role in delivering key initiatives like Community Organisers, National Citizen Service, and the Big Society Bank. I wish him every success in his new role with the Community Foundation Network.

Lord Wei said: 

I look forward to taking on this new role where I will be getting out into communities and advising investors, organisations and community leaders in helping them to transfer power and resources from the centre to where it is really needed.” 

I will always be proud to have played a modest role in helping lay the foundations here on which the Big Society will be built in years to come. I want to thank everyone, but particularly the Prime Minister, for giving me this opportunity and for pursuing this vision with courage and determination.  I look forward to helping in my own small way outside government - because it is out there, in local communities, that the heavy lifting must now be done.

Published 25 May 2011