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Appointment of Director of Public Policy

NCVO today announces its current head of policy, research and foresight, Karl Wilding, has been appointed director of public policy, to succeed Ben Kernighan who leaves to become chief executive of NUS in June.

Commenting, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Not only is Karl tremendously well-known and respected in the sector, he is also one of the foremost experts in the country on many of the issues affecting charities.

‘NCVO has a strong tradition of developing its staff and I am particularly pleased that we have been able to appoint someone who first joined us fifteen years ago as a research assistant.’

Karl Wilding said:

‘This is a dream job for anyone who believes in the voluntary sector. Everything we do at NCVO is about helping our members do what they do best. Of course it’s not without challenges, particularly in the current climate, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. My big priority this year is working with our members in the run-up to the next general election to ensure that charities’ priorities are on everyone’s agenda.’


NCVO’s director of public policy oversees the work of its policy, research, media and parliamentary, EU and international, and public services teams.

Karl Wilding joined NCVO in October 2001 as research assistant working on its Almanac programme. He subsequently became head of research at NCVO and in 2011 took on additional responsibility for its policy team. His current role encompasses policy, research, media and public affairs.

He is a board member of St Alban’s Centre for Voluntary Service, an honorary visiting fellow teaching on Cass Business School’s MSc in Voluntary Sector Management, and is shortly to become a trustee of BB Group, whose programmes include BeatBullying and FutureYou.

He has a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds (1992). His PhD at the same institution (1997) examined voluntary hospitals in Victorian Britain.

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