All-party parliamentary group on charities and volunteering

The all-party parliamentary group on charities and volunteering (formerly the APPG on civil society and volunteering) provides a forum for discussing the issues affecting the voluntary and community sector. NCVO is delighted to provide the secretariat for this group.

Next meeting

Diversity in charities: the role of governance and leadership

Date 27 March 2019
Time 11.00-12.00
Location Committee Room 3A, House of Lords

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In recent years it has increasingly been recognised that charities are not as representative of those that they serve as they should be, and much more effort is needed to improve the diversity and inclusivity of voluntary organisations. Our sector has started coming together to consider why this is the case, and to seek ways in which we can become more diverse and inclusive.

In this meeting, we will discuss the role of leadership in promoting and improving diversity and inclusion in the charity sector. Why is a diverse leadership team and board of trustees important? How does diversity in leadership impact wider organisations and the sector as a whole? What practical steps can organisations of all sizes take to improve diversity in their leadership, as well as their wider staff and volunteers?


  • Tesse Akpeki FCIS, Lead Consultant Onboard
  • Tracey Lazard, Chief Executive, Inclusion London
  • Siobhan Corria, Head of Inclusion, Action for Children
  • Lucy Caldicott, Chief Executive, UpRising

How to get involved

We very much welcome attendees from the voluntary sector.

Meetings usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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How the group works

Meetings are attended by a range of parliamentarians and members of the voluntary sector. Recent topics have ranged from the role of charities in campaigning to volunteer internships. The APPG also holds a yearly meeting with the Charity Commission.

The APPG on Charities and Volunteering is registered with the House of Commons (pdf, 300KB).

Officers of the APPG

  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Labour Party)
  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (Conservative Party)
  • Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour Party)
Vice chairs
  • Martin Docherty MP (Scottish National Party)
  •  Lord Shinkwin (Conservative Party)

Previous meetings

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