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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.

Audit and risk committee

Provides independent advice and assurance on risk, control and compliance matters. Our audit and risk committee is chaired by an independent member of the committee.

Finance and commercial committee

Provides oversight of all commercial activity within NCVO. Reviews our business plans and budgets as well as monitoring our performance against targets, both financial and non financial. Oversight of investments and our defined benefit pension scheme.

Governance and nominations committee

Facilitates diversity in the governance structure and ensures the right mix of skills and experience on the board and its sub-committees. Supervises the trustee election process to ensure this is open and democratic. Supports board development and evaluation.

People, culture and inclusion committee

Sets the chief executive and the leadership teams’ remuneration and considers all people policies and related matters, including pensions.

To provide challenge and support to the board and leadership team in relation to the delivery of our cultural change roadmap. Oversight of our external work to support inclusion and volunteering across the sector. Provides challenge and oversight through lived experience, expertise and knowledge in relation to practice, culture and approach at NCVO.


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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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