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Ex-Whitehall top civil servant hired as Toynbee Hall’s new chief to tackle Whitechapel’s poverty

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:42 28 July 2017

Jim Minton... Toynbee Hall's new chief executive taking over while the place is a building site! Picture: Toynbee Hall.

Jim Minton... Toynbee Hall's new chief executive taking over while the place is a building site! Picture: Toynbee Hall.

Toynbee Hall

A former top government civil servant is coming to Whitechapel to take on the fight against East End poverty as Toynbee Hall’s new chief executive.

Jim Minton has been lured from his role as London Youth’s membership director with 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector and government.

“There’s a huge need to tackle poverty and disadvantage,” he said. “Toynbee Hall has been committed to the vital role in promoting solutions throughout its long history.”

But the one-time Home Office senior official has to make do with temporary offices when he takes up the post in October.

Toynbee Hall, which campaigns to influence London and national policy on poverty, is going through the biggest change in its 133-year history with the £16 million refurbishment of its Grade II-listed Victorian settlement in Commercial Street.

The charitable foundation has had to set up temporary offices in Old Castle Street till the refurbishment is completed next year.

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