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NCVO chair to step down at end of term of office 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has announced that it will begin the search for a new chair of trustees later this year, with current chair Peter Kellner’s term coming to an end in November.

Given their desire for an extensive and inclusive recruitment process, NCVO’s board has proposed that Anne Heal should be appointed as chair on an interim basis to allow enough time for a full process.

Anne has been a trustee of NCVO since November 2015 and was re-elected by members in November 2018 for a second term. She is chair of Volunteering Matters, chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee of Diabetes UK, a trustee of BalletBoyz and a director of the London Design & Engineering UTC as well as holding several other non-exec positions. She previously held a number of regulatory and strategy roles at BT including Director of Regulatory Affairs. She also led BT's employee volunteering activity. 

Subject to approval at its annual general meeting, she will chair NCVO for 12 months during what is expected to be an extensive recruitment process, which will include broad consultation with NCVO members and the wider voluntary sector. The process will be led by NCVO president Baroness Pitkeathley. 

Peter joined NCVO’s board as chair in November 2016. He was instrumental in pushing forward NCVO’s research into the volunteering experience and brought a strong emphasis on impact to the NCVO board.  

Peter Kellner said:

It has been a huge privilege to have played a leading role in such a dynamic, innovative and professional sector. NCVO’s role is more vital than ever as the challenges facing civil society and the communities we serve grow day by day.

I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as chair, and I know that whoever follows me will greatly enjoy working with Karl Wilding, as the incoming chief executive, and his hugely talented team.

Baroness Pitkeathley said:  

Peter has contributed a huge amount over the last three years, giving generously of his time time and expertise. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. We hope that he will continue to work closely with NCVO and other charities as an informed and incredibly well-connected advocate for the sector.  

I’m very grateful to Anne for agreeing to be nominated to take up the role on an interim basis. This will give us the time we’d need to have an inclusive search process and find the best candidates. 


More details about NCVO’s board  

Anne Heal has been a trustee of NCVO since November 2015. She is chair of Volunteering Matters and a trustee of BalletBoyz. She was previously at BT where she specialised in strategy and regulation. She also led BT's employee volunteering activity. Anne chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group, is a non-executive director of the Office of Rail and Road, a board member of ELEXON, the electricity settlement body, a lay member of the General Dental Council, an independent member of the Bank of England Enforcement Decision Making Committee and a member of the FCA’s Regulatory Decision Making Committee.  

NCVO’s AGM will take place on Monday 18 November 2019.  

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