NCVO's Trustee Board

Honorary Officers

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, Chair

Martyn Lewis

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE has been involved with the voluntary sector for 33 years. He is currently serving a second term as chairman of NCVO and is chairman of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Awards Committee, president of United Response, vice-president of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH) and Demelza Children's Hospice. He is also patron of The Patchwork Foundation, the Do-It Trust, the quarterly broadsheet 'Positive News' and Dementia UK.

He recently chaired an inquiry into executive pay in the voluntary sector and its recommendations were welcomed by politicians of all main parties. A long-standing judge of the Lord Mayor of London's Dragon Awards (which honours business involvement with the voluntary sector), he is now its permanent deputy chair.

He founded YouthNet, the award-winning charity which since 1995 has been providing a comprehensive website ( helping 16-25 year-olds. The charity also created, the national volunteering database instantly linking people who want to volunteer with the right volunteering opportunity. He retired in 2015 after 20 years as YouthNet's chairman but remains an adviser to the charity.

He campaigns regularly for more coverage of the achievements of the voluntary sector in the national media, and, more generally, for solutions-driven journalism. In 2014 he became a director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation which replaced the Press Complaints Commission). He is also a director of PL Education Ltd, pioneering new techniques for helping pupils to learn.

He continues to chair conferences and debates on a wide range of subjects – the most recent being a conference on dementia for the charity BRACE, and a one-hour interview with FW de Klerk and Sir John Major on world current events at the 10th anniversary dinner of the Global Leadership Foundation. He is a regular speaker at local hospice events, most recently for St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield and St John's Hospice in North London.

Previously, during 32 years as a television journalist he anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV and BBC (including News At Ten and the Six O'Clock News). In 2013 he returned to broadcasting to present a weekly interview programme called Agenda on The Wireless, a new radio station for the over-50s created by the charity Age UK. In the 2010 and 2015 general elections in the UK he presented a live closed-circuit interview programme for 1,000 guests at London's Tate Gallery as the results came in.

Martyn holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster (1994) and is a Freeman of the City of London, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Garrick Club, the Pattenmakers Livery Company and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He was awarded a CBE for services to young people and the hospice movement in the prime minister's honours list of 1997.

Martyn was knighted in the 2016 New Year’s honours for services to the voluntary sector, particularly the hospice movement.

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.


Matt Hyde, Vice Chair

Matt Hyde

Matt Hyde has been chief executive of The Scout Association since April 2013. Before that, he was chief executive of the National Union of Students for seven years. He has also held the post of general manager of Goldsmiths College Students' Union, deputy general manager of King's College London Students' Union, president of the University of London Union and president of Queen Mary and Westfield College Students' Union.

Matt has worked in the voluntary sector over a number of years as a consultant and board member (for the Poetry Society and Student Volunteering England), is a patron of UNLOCK (the National Association of Reformed Offenders) and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Richard Leaman CB OBE


Richard Leaman OBE took over as Guide Dogs’ new chief executive in March 2010. In his time at Guide Dogs, he has increased the number of service users by 50%, and overseen double-digit fundraising growth. 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.

Sally Young


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.

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. 

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.

Natasha Mort 

Natasha Mort

Natasha Mort is the operations manager (North Yorkshire, Leeds & York, West Yorkshire) for the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).

The RVS is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain, by giving time and practical help to enable them to get the best out of life.

Until March 2015 she was the supporting organisations manager for Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and had worked there since 2006. Natasha has been volunteering since the age of 15, and has worked in the third sector for over 20 years, specialising in development of services, innovation, volunteering development, brokerage, and management.

Jenny Field jenny-field-web

Jenny 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-web

Chris 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.

Anne HealAnne Heal

Anne 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 designate 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.

Andy CookAndy Cook

Andy is a director 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.

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