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NCVO and CES merger to proceed

Details of the merger between the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services have been finalised, it was announced today.

The merger will take effect from 1 November, with CES staff moving into NCVO’s Society Building offices from the following Monday.

CES staff will join two departments in NCVO. CES’s quality accreditation experts, who are responsible for its PQASSO quality standard, will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department. PQASSO standards are considered best-in-class for quality management and are in use by charities in the UK and overseas. Their work will complement NCVO’s other quality standards, Investing in Volunteers and Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation.

CES’s consultants, who specialise in outcome and impact, will join NCVO’s enterprise department, where they will work alongside NCVO’s consultancy team.

Eight members of staff from CES will join NCVO as staff members. A further three – CES chief executive Sam Matthews and two finance and administration staff – will provide consultancy services to NCVO following the merger. One existing CES trustee, Jenny Field, will be appointed to join NCVO’s board.

Richard Williams, director of enterprise at NCVO, said:

‘I’m very much looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues. With their knowledge and expertise we will be able to do more than ever to support our members and help them make the biggest difference.’



For more information please contact Helen Raftery in the NCVO press office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./020 7520 2424.

Charities Evaluation Services was established in 1990 and works with thousands of voluntary organisations and funders of all sizes each year, strengthening their abilities in performance management, evaluation and quality, to support them to do what they do best. They provide training, consultancy and publications to charities to help them to improve their performance and carry out independent evaluations on behalf of charities and funders. They also publish PQASSO, the voluntary sector’s leading quality standards which is used by over 17,000 organisations.

In February 2014 CES invited a number of organisations to set out proposals for how they could secure a strong future for their work. Detailed talks between NCVO and CES began in July and the merger was announced in September.

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