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Changes to NCVO’s Trustee Board

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has announced the results of recent elections to its Trustee Board.

The new appointments include:

  • Ciarán Devane - Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support;
  • Richard Leaman OBE, Chief Executive of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Martyn Lewis, Chair of NCVO, said

“I’m delighted to welcome Ciarán and Richard to the board. Their insight will be enormously valuable as NCVO looks to support charities through a time of enormous change and challenge and enable us to better represent a large, diverse and collectively powerful sector.”

Jonathan Moore, former Chief Executive of the Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations and current NCVO trustee, has also been reappointed for a further term. Bruce Gordon, who was co-opted onto the board earlier this year, will replace Helen Simmons as NCVO’s Honorary Treasurer when she stands down at the AGM.

The appointments will be formally approved at NCVO’s Annual General meeting which takes place 1.45pm on 8th November 2012 at Society Building, London N1 9RL.

For more information contact Chloe Stables in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NCVO is currently governed by a Board of 12 Trustees, including three Honorary Officers (Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer). The Chair, Treasurer and seven Trustees are directly elected from the membership. Three additional Trustees are co-opted by the Board to ensure the right mix of skills and experience. Trustees serve for a term of three years, with a maximum of two terms to be served. As part of the merger process between Volunteering England and NCVO, two additional board members will be appointed, creating a board of 14.

Ciarán joined Macmillan Cancer Support as Chief Executive in May 2007. He serves as a member of the Cancer Outcomes Strategy Implementation Advisory Group and the National Stakeholder Forum of the NHS. Ciarán co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is a trustee of The Liver Group and the Makaton Charity. In January 2012, Ciarán Devane was appointed as a Non Executive Director of the NHS Commissioning Board.

Richard became Guide Dogs’ Chief Executive in April 2010, and has overseen a dramatic increase in the organisation’s reach to thousands more blind and partially sighted people, primarily through building partnerships within the VI sector. He is a trustee of Vision 2020UK and previously worked in the Royal Navy as a Rear Admiral. He was awarded an OBE in 1994 for disaster relief services after Hurricane Andrew and was recently appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his leadership whilst developing and implementing NATO's new maritime strategy.

NCVO champions and strengthens the voluntary sector, with 8,500 members, from the largest charities to the smallest community organisations. 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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