Chair: Martyn Lewis CBE
Martyn Lewis CBE is our chair. His knowledge of the voluntary sector spans 30 years and he is currently chairman of the Awards Committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, chairman and founder of YouthNet, chairman and co-founder of Families of the Fallen, Permanent Deputy Chair of the Dragon Awards, President of United Response, vice-president of Help The Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care, patron of the Patchwork Foundation and of the broadsheet “Positive News”.
His 32-year career as a television journalist included presenting all the main evening news programmes on ITV and BBC. He is the author of seven books, including "Tears and Smiles – the Hospice Handbook", the first layman's guide to the British hospice movement. Martyn holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster and is a Freeman of the City of London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Member of the Garrick Club and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Honorary Treasurer: Bruce Gordon
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)
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 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 eight years before joining Gemini Consulting.
Ciarán joined Macmillan Cancer Support as chief executive in May 2007. Ciarán co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and the Makaton Charity. He is also on the advisory council of the Cicely Saunders Institute. In January 2012, Ciarán was appointed as a non-executive director of NHS England.
Richard Leaman CB OBE
Richard Leaman OBE took over as Guide Dogs’ new chief executive in March 2010. In his short time at Guide Dogs, he has increased the number of service users by 50%, and overseen double-digit fundraising growth. He is also a trustee of Vison2020UK.
Richard was as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, where he directed or commanded operations in every rank from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral, in ships and headquarters all around the globe and has regularly been responsible for multi-million pound budgets and hundreds of people.
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 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 30 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 is NCVO’s longest serving trustee, having served four terms. After completing 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
Dame Julia Cleverdon a Vice President of Business in the Community, a movement of 800 UK companies committed to improving their impact on society and a Special Adviser to the Prince’s charities on responsible business practice. She is the Chair of Teach First, and has been listed by The Times as one of the 50 most influential women in Britain.
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, and from April 2014, will chair the National Literacy Trust.
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 between 1981 and 1988.
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 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 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 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.
Before working in the charity sector, Chris has worked in academia, commercial research, aviation and hospitality sectors. He has served on the board of Volunteering England, the Institute for Community Justice Practitioners, Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board, and several youth offending services as well as on the advisory panel for our own Institute for Volunteer Research.
Tessa 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.