Justin Davis Smith announced as NCVO executive director for volunteering

Volunteering England chief executive, Justin Davis Smith, will lead NCVO’s new volunteering directorate under the organisation's merger proposals, NCVO announced today.

As executive director for volunteering and development, Dr Davis Smith will be NCVO’s senior ambassador for volunteering.
Dr Davis Smith said:

"I am delighted to take on this key role. With my colleagues I will continue to advocate strengthening the contribution volunteers already make in voluntary, public and private sector organisations, and ensure the crucial roles volunteers play in our communities are recognised and supported."

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

"I am very pleased that Justin will be joining us. His expertise will be invaluable as we look to put volunteering at the heart of all our work. This merger will also create many opportunities to strengthen our work on behalf of the sector. Justin is an outstanding champion for volunteering and will help us make the most of these opportunities."

NCVO and Volunteering England anticipate merging early in the new year, subject to normal legal and financial checks.


Mike Locke, Director of Policy and Communications, Volunteering England – 020 7520 8930, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aidan Warner, Media Officer, NCVO – 020 7520 2413, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr Davis Smith has been chief executive of Volunteering England since 2007.

Dr Davis Smith’s appointment is subject to the successful completion of the merger of NCVO and Volunteering England.
Volunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Its work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers. Visit the Volunteering England website.

NCVO champions and strengthens the voluntary sector, with 8,500 members, from the largest charities to the smallest communityorganisations. Alongside our sister councils in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we make sure the voluntary sector can do what it does best.







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