NCVO's Trustee Board

Honorary Officers

Martyn Lewis CBE, Chair

Martyn Lewis

Martyn Lewis CBE is the chairman of NCVO’s trustee board. His knowledge of the voluntary sector spans 32 years and his career currently includes the following roles: founder of the award-winning charity YouthNet, chairman of the Awards Committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, president of United Response, deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards, vice-president of Hospice UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care, Patron of Positive News, the Patchwork Foundation and the Do-It Trust; and presenter of the weekly “Agenda” interview programme on Age UK’s new radio station “The Wireless”. He recently chaired the inquiry into levels of executive pay in the voluntary sector. A campaigner for “solutions-driven journalism”, he is also a director of IPSO, the new press regulator. Previously, across three decades as a television journalist he anchored every mainstream ITV and BBC TV national news programme.

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.

Ciarán Devane


Ciarán Devane was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first class honours in biochemical engineering. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Policy from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He worked for ICI for 8 years before joining becoming a management consultant.

Ciarán was Chief Executive on Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. In January 2015 he joined the British Council as Chief Executive.

Ciarán is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation. Ciarán has been nominated to join the board of Social Finance but has not yet taken up the role. In January 2012, Ciarán Devane was appointed as a Non Executive Director of NHS England. 

Richard Leaman CB OBE


Richard Leaman OBE took over as Guide Dogs’ new chief executive in March 2010. In his short 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.

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore is NCVO’s longest serving trustee, having served four terms. After completing 19 years as chief executive of the Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations, he has set up a Community Interest Company, Volution, to launch a new approach to tackling literacy, and to provide energising development support for charities and social enterprises.

His work has embraced local, regional and national settings and has been multifunctional: acting as trainer, speaker, changemaker, advocate, representative, trustee, adviser, mentor, arbitrator, manager, facilitator – to name but a few. Jonathan has a down to earth approach to working with charities – he volunteers with a range of local charities, is an enthusiastic Scouter and an Adventurer to boot.

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.

Up 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 national volunteer manager at Crisis UK, the charity for single homeless people. Crisis involves over 8,500 volunteers each year in the volunteer-led project, Crisis at Christmas, at which Chris volunteered for many years. Prior to this, Chris was director of the Volunteer Centre in Lewisham and 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.

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