NCVO's Trustee Board

Honorary Officers

Peter Kellner, Chair

peter kellner

Peter Kellner became chair of NCVO in November 2016. He was chairman of the pioneering online survey research company, YouGov, from 2001–7 and president from 2007–16. Peter was named as Chairman of the Year in the 2006 Quoted Companies Alliance awards.

He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Observer, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Prospect. He has also been a regular contributor to Newsnight (BBC2), A Week in Politics (Channel Four), Analysis (Radio Four) and election night results programmes on television and radio. He has written, or contributed to, a variety of books and leaflets about politics, elections and public affairs. He was awarded Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1978.

Peter has also been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, London, and served as a member of committees set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to commission research into elections and social exclusion. He received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association in 2011.

Before joining YouGov, he acted as a consultant on public opinion research to a number of organisations, including the Bank of England, Corporation of London, Foreign Office, National Westminster Bank and Trades Union Congress.

Peter is currently a trustee of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and UpRising, and a member of the council of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). He is a non-executive director of the Medicines Discovery Catapult (a not-for profit company) and the Dolma Impact Fund (investing in infrastructure development in Nepal).

Bruce Gordon, Honorary Treasurer

Bruce Gordon

Bruce is chairman and a founder of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, a community set up to share expertise and promote best practice. He runs Thames Valley Capital Limited, which advises a venture capital fund and several high growth companies.

Until 2008, Bruce was a senior audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and was a member of the Board of Partners.

Bruce became a trustee of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in 1997, appointed as honorary treasurer in 1998, and served until 2011. He remains chairman of the investment committee and pension fund trustees.


Sally Young, Vice Chair


Sally Young has been chief executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) since June 2010. From 2008 to 2010 she was chief executive of the Edward Lloyd Trust, a Newcastle-based charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Before that, she worked in and with the NHS for many years in a number of different roles promoting patient and public involvement in health.

Sally has worked in and with the voluntary sector for over 30 years as a volunteer, staff member and trustee. She lives in Newcastle and is particularly interested in tackling inequality – with a focus on women, children, refugees and asylum seekers.

Julie Bentley

julie bentleyJulie has been CEO of Girlguiding since November 2012, having dedicated her career to working in the voluntary sector. She has held senior leadership positions in the sector for twenty years, including:

  • assistant director of Charterhouse in Southwark – a London-based voluntary sector settlement, which supported the local community
  • director of corporate services at ARP – a London-based drug and alcohol charity that supported people affected by drug and alcohol addiction
  • CEO of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust – a national personal safety charity
  • CEO of Family Planning Association – a national sexual health charity supporting people of all ages to have positive and responsible sexual health.

Julie was a trustee and then vice chair of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter for six years and is a patron of Seham Village Appeal, which builds schools in India. Julie is also a trustee of DHL UK Foundation.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration, is a qualified counsellor and is a fellow of The Windsor Leadership Trust.

In 2014 she was named number five on the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power list of Game Changers in the UK. In the same year she was voted Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive at the Third Sector Awards.

Andy Cook

Andy CookAndy is CEO of the Centre for Social Justice, previously he led TwentyTwenty, an education charity for disadvantaged young people. Co-founded by Andy in 2007 it now operates with a national award winning model, regional footprint and industry leading outcomes (including CSJ award, Queens award, Charity Times award, on the Impetus PEF portfolio).

Andy has a Voluntary Sector Management Masters Distinction from CASS Business School, City of London University and is a guest lecturer on CASS and London Business School MBA courses. He is also vice chair of Loughborough College and a non-exec advisor to two charities and Trust Funders.

Jenny Field

jenny-field-webJenny has been the deputy chief grants officer of the City Bridge Trust since February 2010. She has worked at the City Bridge Trust since 1996, initially leading the Trust’s monitoring and evaluation team. 

She has extensive experience of the third sector and, prior to joining the Trust, was the grants officer at the Walcot Foundation. Before that she had worked in a variety of community development projects and legal advice services. She became a trustee of the Charities Evaluation Services in October 2009 and became its vice chair in March 2013. Jenny has been a trustee of Lambeth Voluntary Action Council and was the chair of the Citizens Advice service in Lambeth for several years.

Chris Freed

chris-freed-webChris is head of volunteering at Citizens Advice, working with trustees, staff and volunteers to make their volunteering offer as engaging, attractive, sustainable and creative as possible. Prior to this, Chris was national volunteer manager at Crisis UK, and director of the Volunteer Centre in Lewisham. She is currently chair of Voluntary Action Lewisham, her local Council for Voluntary Service. Chris is passionate about volunteering and believes a well supported and developed infrastructure is key to the development of volunteering and the voluntary sector.

Vanessa Griffiths

vanessa griffithsVanessa is chief executive of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity. The Ramblers is a volunteer-led organisation with over 25,000 dedicated volunteers working together to help everyone to enjoy the outdoors on foot. Vanessa was previously assistant director for the National Trust in Wales and, prior to this, director of Groundwork North Wales.

Before moving to the voluntary sector, Vanessa was a senior civil servant with the Welsh Government, responsible for economic development and business support across Wales. She has previously held senior management roles at Business in the Community, the BBC and Mars Confectionery.

A passionate believer in the positive difference that volunteers make to local communities and wider society, Vanessa is delighted to be joining NCVO as a trustee and is looking forward to supporting the organisation as it continues to champion the sector through this period of significant social and technological change.

Fazilet Hadi

Fazilet Hadi

Fazilet is group director – inclusive society at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). She is responsible for RNIB's marketing and communications, political campaigning, membership, information services and research.

Fazilet leads RNIB's work to improve the accessibility of government and commercial information, street environments and public transport services. She also steers RNIB's work to prevent sight loss and supports RNIB's leadership of the UK Vision Strategy.

Fazilet started her career as a solicitor working in law centres in Birmingham and Brighton, and has also worked in corporate equality roles for Southampton City Council and Lewisham Council.

Anne Heal

Anne HealAnne has spent many years in the world of strategy and regulation, including being group regulatory affairs director of BT and managing director of strategy for Openreach, BT's network business. As well as being an NCVO trustee, she is also chair of Volunteering Matters, a trustee of Ballet Boyz and a current school co-chair and trustee.

Previously she worked in customer communications but more recently has led BT's volunteering activities, encouraging employees to support many thousands of charities and not for profit organisations. Anne also chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group and is a board member of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator.

Richard Leaman CB OBE


Richard Leaman OBE is CEO of the The Tall Ships Youth Trust. He was previously chief executive of Guide Dogs, increasing the number of service users by 50% and overseeing double-digit fundraising growth during his time there. He is also a trustee of Vison2020UK.

Richard was as a rear admiral in the Royal Navy, where he directed or commanded operations in every rank from lieutenant to rear admiral, in ships and headquarters all around the globe and has regularly been responsible for multi-million pound budgets and hundreds of people.

Chris Wade


Chris is director of engagement at the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He has particular interest in developing the standards of volunteer management and in the third sector making greater use of modern communication technology.

Before working in the charity sector, Chris has worked in academia, commercial research, aviation and hospitality sectors. He has served on the board of Volunteering England, the Institute for Community Justice Practitioners, Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board, and several youth offending services as well as on the advisory panel for our own Institute for Volunteer Research.

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