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Our governance

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated and registered in England under company number 198344. It was founded in 1919 as the National Council of Social Services, incorporated on 30 May 1924 and registered as a charity on 1 January 1964. It's governed by its articles of association (PDF, 300KB) and detailed regulations made under the articles.

NCVO’s registered office address is Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL.

NCVO is registered with the Charity Commission under number 225922.

Annual reports


The president of NCVO is Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE. The president acts as an ambassador for NCVO and is elected by the members for a non-renewable term of five years.

Jill Pitkeathley was raised to the peerage in 1997 as Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham, sits on the Labour benches, is a very active working peer and is a deputy speaker of the House of Lords. She is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on Carers and of the All Party Group on Charities and Volunteering and president of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Channel Islands. She chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities which produced the report Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civil Engagement.

Trustee board

Our 12 trustees comprise three honorary officers (chair, vice chair and treasurer). The chair, treasurer and seven trustees are directly elected from the membership. Three trustees are co-opted by the board to ensure the right mix of skills and experience. One of the trustees is elected to the position of vice chair honorary officer by the board. Trustees serve for a term of three years, with a maximum of two terms to be served.

The trustee board appoints three committees to support its work. Full committee membership details are available in our annual reports.

Nominations Committee

Facilitates diversity in the governance structure, ensures the right mix of skills and experience, and supervises the democratic process.

HR and Remuneration Committee

Sets the chief executive and the directors' remuneration, and considers HR policy and related matters, including pensions.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

To provide challenge and support to the board and senior leadership team in relation to practice, culture and approach to equity, diversity and inclusion and to take the lead on behalf of the board on oversight and scrutiny of our EDI goals and progress in NCVO.

Audit and Risk Committee

Provides independent advice and assurance on risk, control and governance matters.

Members Assembly

Engaging with our 16,500 members face-to-face is core to our work as a membership organisation. We hold meetings throughout the year, aiming to reach all nine English regions over an 18-month period.

The meetings enable us to gather vital intelligence from the sector and understand the challenges that voluntary organisations face, which informs all our work. Our assemblies are also a great opportunity for our members to network with each other, share ideas about current issues and talk directly to NCVO staff about how we can support them.


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NCVO is committed to providing high quality services. If you are unhappy about any of the services that we provide to you we want to hear about it. Without your feedback we cannot improve.

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