NCVO's Trustee Board

Honorary Officers

Chair: Martyn Lewis CBE

martyn-lewis-2013Martyn Lewis CBE is the chairman of NCVO’s Trustee Board. His knowledge of the voluntary sector spans 30 years and includes founder and chairman of YouthNet, chairman of the Awards Committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, chairman and co-founder of Families of the Fallen, trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, president of United Response, deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards and vice-president of Help The Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

His career as a television journalist includes 32 years presenting mainstream television programmes for BBC and ITV.

Honorary Treasurer: Bruce Gordon

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Bruce is Chairman and a founder of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, a community set up to share expertise and promote best practice.

He runs Thames Valley Capital Limited, which advises a venture capital fund and several high growth companies.

Until 2008, Bruce was a senior audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and was a member of the Board of Partners.

Bruce became a Trustee of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in 1997, appointed as Honorary Treasurer in 1998, and served until 2011. He remains Chairman of the Investment Committee and Pension Fund Trustees.


Jo Ash (Vice Chair)

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Jo Ash has been Chief Executive of Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) since 1992. SVS supports the local voluntary sector as well as directly supporting local people through its Shopmobility Service, Young Carers project, Safe in Sound substance misuse and safety awareness work, as well as MORPH, an ex-drug users self-help project.

Jo has been a senior manager and consultant in the voluntary sector for over 30 years. She has worked on issues including housing and homelessness, advice services for disabled people, poverty, women and health.

Ciarán Devane

ciaran devane photoCiarán Devane was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first class honours in biochemical engineering.  He also holds a Masters Degree in International Policy from George Washington University, Washington DC.  He worked for ICI for 8 years before joining Gemini Consulting, an international management consultancy firm. He has also served as chairman of a major housing association.

Ciarán joined Macmillan Cancer Support as Chief Executive in May 2007. Ciarán co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is also a trustee of the Makaton Charity. He is also on the advisory council of the Cecily Saunders Institute. In January 2012, Ciarán Devane was appointed as a Non Executive Director of the NHS Commissioning Board.

Richard Leaman CB OBE

richard leaman photo.jpgRichard Leaman took over as Guide Dogs’ new Chief Executive in March 2010, joining at a critical moment in Guide Dogs' evolution, as the new strategy – ‘Building Extraordinary Partnerships’, began to roll out. In his short time in Guide Dogs, he has increased the number of service users by 50%, delivered on two major accessibility campaigns, partnered with 42 other sight loss charities, significantly reduced core costs, and overseen double digit fundraising growth.

Richard’s previous role was as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, where he undertook a variety of demanding operational command and leadership roles, regularly responsible for multi-million pound budgets and hundreds of people, often in highly complex and politically sensitive circumstances. Richard has directed or commanded operations in every rank from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral, in ships and headquarters all around the globe.

In 1992, whilst in command of a destroyer, Richard was awarded an OBE for his leadership of a combined-services disaster relief operation in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. In 2009, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in recognition of his work re-organising a NATO strategic headquarters in the US, and personally developing NATO’s new Maritime Security Strategy.

Richard has always maintained a healthy interest in the charitable sector, and over the years he and his ships and headquarters raised significant sums of money for a wide variety of charities. Richard has had a lifelong affection for Guide Dogs, which he regards as a genuine national treasure, and feels privileged to lead.

He is also a trustee of Vison2020UK, an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, an associate of the Chartered Management Institute, and a graduate of the MoD’s Strategic Leadership, and Higher Command courses.


Dominic Fox

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In 2011, Dominic Fox took up the role of Chief Executive at the Association for Charitable Organisations, the umbrella body for benevolence charities in the UK.

Dominic has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 30 years, starting as a volunteer setting up a bookshop in a multicultural community centre in Bath. He has worked as a youth worker and social worker, and has held a number of senior management posts including Director of the King’s Cross Homelessness Project, Acting Chief Executive at National Homeless Alliance, CEO of a disabled children’s charity, Kidsactive.


Sally Young

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Sally Young has been Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) since June 2010. From 2008 to 2010 she was Chief Executive of the Edward Lloyd Trust, a Newcastle-based charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Before that, she worked in and with the NHS for many years in a number of different roles promoting patient and public involvement in health.

Sally has worked in and with the voluntary sector for over thirty (not all numbers are written in full – need to check consistency) years as a volunteer, staff member and trustee. She lives in Newcastle and is particularly interested in tackling inequality – with a focus on women, children, refugees and asylum seekers.



Jonathan Moore

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Jonathan Moore is NCVO’s longest serving Trustee, having served four terms. Having completed 19 years as Chief Executive of the Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations, he has set up a Community Interest Company, Volution, to launch a new approach to tackling literacy, and to provide energising development support for Charities and Social Enterprises.

His work has embraced local, regional and national settings and has been multifunctional: acting as trainer, speaker, changemaker, advocate, representative, trustee, adviser, mentor, arbitrator, manager, facilitator – to name but a few. Jonathan has a down to earth approach to working with charities – he volunteers with a range of local charities, is an enthusiastic Scouter and an Adventurer to boot.


Dame Julia Cleverdon

Julia Cleverdon portraitDame Julia Cleverdon is a renowned speaker on corporate responsibility, leadership and career development for women. She is now a Vice President of Business in the Community, a movement of 800 top UK companies committed to improving their positive impact on society and a Special Adviser to the Prince’s charities on responsible business practice. Dame Julia’s work at Business in the Community led to her being listed by The Times as one of the 51st most influential women in Britain.

Dame Julia has recently led a review for the Prime Minister on Education and Business partnerships. She is a member of the Talent and Enterprise Advisory Group and has recently led a three-month Taskforce on Building Stronger Communities in an economic downturn. Dame Julia is also Chair of Teach First, which coaches exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.

Dame Julia began her working career in industrial relations at British Leyland. She was Director of the Industrial Society’s Education and Inner City Division 1981-1988. Julia is a patron of Volunteer Reading Help and an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. She has also recently become a Business Adviser for Marie Curie and the Chair of the Newnham College Advisory Board.

Jules Mason

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Jules Mason joined Merlin in late 2011 as their Head of CEO’s Office. He works with the CEO to drive forward Merlin’s strategic development. Merlin joined Save the Children in July 2013, and Jules is playing a key role in the moving of Merlin’s programmes and head office systems into Save the Children. Jules is on the Board of Trustees for London South Bank University Students’ Union.

He has been a trustee of the British Youth Council and the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), and a governor at Fortismere, a foundation school in Haringey, north London. Jules is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an avid sports fan, including a rare Manchester United fan born in Manchester, as well as occasionally playing tennis and five-a-side football.


Matt Hyde


Matt Hyde has been Chief Executive of The Scout Association since April 2013. Before that, he was Chief Executive of the National Union of Students for seven years. He has also held the post of General Manager of Goldsmiths College Students' Union, Deputy General Manager of King's College London Students' Union, President of the University of London Union and President of Queen Mary and Westfield College Students' Union.

Matt has worked in the voluntary sector over a number of years as a consultant and board member (for the Poetry Society and Student Volunteering England), is a Patron of UNLOCK (the National Association of Reformed Offenders) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.



Fazilet Hadi

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Fazilet is Group Director – Inclusive Society at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). She is responsible for RNIB's marketing and communications, political campaigning, membership, information services and research.

Fazilet leads RNIB's work to improve the accessibility of government and commercial information, street environments and public transport services. She also steers RNIB's work to prevent sight loss and supports RNIB's leadership of the UK Vision Strategy.

Fazilet started her career as a solicitor working in law centres in Birmingham and Brighton, and has also worked in corporate equality roles for Southampton City Council and Lewisham Council.


Chris Wade

chris wade imageChris Wade joined the NCVO trustees upon our merger with Volunteering England, where he was a board member for three years. Chris brings 14 years of knowledge and expertise of volunteer strategy especially for large national charities. Chris is Director of Engagement at the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He has particular interest in developing the standards of volunteer management and in the third sector making greater use of modern communication technology.

Chris has also held key senior roles in learning and development and operations management, and was CEO of Victim Support Nottinghamshire before the organisation became a single charity, after which he held the role of Head of Volunteering.

Before working in the charity sector, Chris has worked in academia, commercial research, aviation and hospitality sectors. He has served on the board of the Institute for Community Justice Practitioners, Volunteering England, Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board, and several youth offending services as well on the advisory panel for our own Institute for Volunteer Research.

Tessa Willow

tessawillowphotoTessa Willow is chief executive of Volunteer Centre Liverpool, a post she has held since 1998. She is also chair of regional infrastructure body Volunteering North West.

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