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NCVO invites proposals to partner in search for new CEO

NCVO is inviting organisations to submit tender proposals to partner with the charity on the recruitment process for its new CEO. The umbrella body, which supports and amplifies the role of charities and volunteers, is accepting proposals from recruitment partners until midday (12.00) on Monday 13 September 2021.

Over the past 18 months NCVO has undergone a significant period of change. This includes the development of a new strategy, a comprehensive team restructure, beginning the process of deep cultural change, and commissioning a review of its governance. The board and current leadership team are now looking for an external search partner to support the design of a comprehensive recruitment process for the organisation’s next CEO, following the appointment of Sarah Vibert as interim CEO in January 2021.

The new CEO will lead the delivery of NCVO’s new strategy and key organisational priorities, while providing a high-profile convening and support role across the charity and voluntary sector as it continues its vital role in supporting communities to adapt and recover from the covid-19 pandemic.

NCVO’s new strategic approach is based on a wide consultation with its members and others in the charity and voluntary sector. It responds to the impact of covid-19 and the need to consolidate and grow the organisation’s financial position. NCVO is taking a more collective approach to its work, prioritising the views and needs of its 16,500+ members and the wider sector when providing support to charities and volunteering, and amplifying the work they do to build better communities. The organisation is also focusing on its powerful role in connecting and convening charities and volunteers so they can learn, share and collaborate better.

NCVO is looking for a recruitment partner best placed to help it find a CEO candidate who embodies its new values of being collaborative, open, inclusive and ambitious. The new leader will play a key role in continuing to embed the new organisational culture and way of working that is central to delivering its new strategic vision. NCVO will prioritise identifying and working with a partner who can help it achieve a genuinely fair, accessible, inclusive and equitable recruitment process.

This search for a recruitment partner and the process for recruiting a new CEO will be project managed by NCVO’s new head of people and culture, Janu Miah, and led by NCVO’s chair, Dr Priya Singh. Expressions of interest from potential recruitment partners should be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance, upon which tender documents will be provided.

Dr Priya Singh, chair of trustees at NCVO, said:

In 2019 we began a comprehensive strategy review that concluded at the end of 2020. We have managed a considerable restructuring of the organisation to be in a strong position to deliver our goals to connect, support and amplify the work of charities and volunteers and to give best value for membership.

NCVO exists to champion charities and volunteers to create stronger communities, for everyone, everywhere. How we work is integral to this and the new CEO will live our values by being ambitious for the role charities play in society, working collaboratively with our members and partners, being open about how we work and make decisions, and being inclusive of all voices to shape what we do and how we do it.

We’re determined to find the right candidate to lead the NCVO of 2021 and beyond. Someone who is passionate about putting members first and who can continue to deliver the new strategy we have developed alongside them.

Appointing the right search agency partner to develop an open, robust and inclusive recruitment process is key.

Janu Miah, head of people and culture at NCVO, commented:

We are excited to start the process of recruiting a permanent CEO. After a significant period of engaging in important, much wanted and needed cultural change, NCVO is ready to find a permanent CEO dedicated to embedding the culture change we have begun. We are looking for an external search partner who can support us to design an effective recruitment campaign and help us to fill this critical and high-profile role.

Our network of 16,500+ members is an incredible force for positive change. To best represent, support and champion them, we are seeking a candidate for CEO who is an exceptional social and cultural change maker, who will embody our values of being open, collaborative, inclusive and ambitious. We want a leader who is equally committed to inspiring both within NCVO and across the charity and voluntary sector. We are looking for someone who can continue the journey towards realising our new strategic aims in this challenging and evolving social and financial climate.

Vitally, in the design of this recruitment campaign, we would like to work with partners who can really help us achieve a fair, accessible and equitable process. We look forward to finding the right partner to work with us on this exciting next step for our organisation.


Notes to editors

To submit a proposal: Recruitment organisations should express interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance, upon which tender documents will be provided. The deadline for submission is Monday 13 September, midday.

For media enquiries: Journalists please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About NCVO: NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the largest membership organisation for the voluntary sector in England. With 16,500+ members, NCVO represents all types of organisations, from large ‘household name’ charities to small voluntary and community groups involved at the local level. We are also the lead body for volunteering in England. To find out more visit

About Dr Priya Singh: Dr Singh has a background in general practice, specialising in medical law, ethics and patient safety. During her executive career with a leading international mutual membership indemnity organisation, she was responsible for professional services to 290,000 doctors, dentists, and other health professionals around the world. She is executive director of the Society for Assistance of Medical Families, a mutual benevolent fund with charitable status and a member of NCVO; a non-executive director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; a member of the London Policing Ethics Panel; and an associate with Working With Cancer, a social enterprise helping people with cancer to return to and remain in work.

About Janu Miah: Janu Miah was appointed as NCVO’s head of people, governance and culture in April 2021. Janu joined NCVO from the Liberal Democrats, having previously worked at organisations including Shelter, The Prince’s Trust and Marie Curie.

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