NCVO's Trustee Board

Honorary Officers

Anne Heal, interim chair

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Anne Heal became interim chair of NCVO in November 2019. Anne chairs a charity, Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV); she is a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and BalletBoyz. She chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee of Diabetes UK, is a trustee/director of the London Design & Engineering UTC and a Brownie leader.

Anne also chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group, is a non-executive director of the Office of Rail and Road, a board member of ELEXON, the electricity settlement body, a lay member of the General Dental Council, an independent member of the Bank of England Enforcement Decision Making Committee, and a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FCA. She was previously Director of Regulatory Affairs for BT Group, leading the regulatory negotiations that led to the creation of Openreach, where she then became MD, Strategy. She has also been a board member of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator.

Paul Breckell, honorary treasurer

Paul Breckell

Paul is the director of strategy and transformation at Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism. Prior to this he was the chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss from 2012-2018 having worked for the charity since 2007.

Earlier in his voluntary sector career he was the finance and corporate services director of the Church Mission Society and the head of finance at the HIV/AIDS healthcare charity Mildmay. He is a chartered public finance accountant (CIPFA), having trained while working with the Audit Commission.

Paul is a past chair of the Charity Finance Group, the Disability Charities Consortium and the CIPFA voluntary sector panel. He has also in the past been a trustee of the Roffey Park Institute, a member of CIPFA’s council (board of trustees) and served on a number of charity audit committees.

He is passionate about volunteering. Along with as his various governance roles he regularly volunteers as a youth worker in his local community. He also writes and speaks on a number of topics in relation to disability, leadership, organisational development, governance and finance in the ‘beyond profit’ sector.

Paul was named one of Citywealth Magazine’s top 10 charity chief executives of 2016.

Julie Bentley, co-vice chair

julie bentleyJulie has been CEO of Action for Children since August 2018, having dedicated her career to working in the voluntary sector. She has held senior leadership positions in the sector for over 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
  • CEO of Girlguiding - the largest charity for girls and young women in the UK, working with 400,000 girls and young women aged 5 to 25.

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 (an organisation that builds schools in India).

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. Julie was a castaway on desert island discs in 2014.

Vanessa Griffiths, co-vice chair

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.

Trustees

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.

Sheila Taylor MBE

sheila taylorSheila began her interest in community work started in the early 1980, chairing local committees and working to retain services within her local community. In early 1990’s she began working with the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital on their Kite Appeal, joining them to raise £1.5 million to make the hospital the best of its kind at the time. Following that work she progressed to the Prince’s Trust Derbyshire, assuming the Chairing of the Action Panel.

During that work, she was made aware of children being involved in street work and began working with Derby City Council to develop project to support young people identified.

This work led to the development of Safe & Sound Derby, and her work there was pivotal to the success of Operation Retriever, which saw 9 men go to prison for 64yrs (check figures). Following this, there was a surge of requests for support with similar issues across the country and Sheila left her organisation to develop the NWG Network.

This was a network of 256 people in 2011, but today is more then 14000 dissemination points across 300 organisations across the UK, she has been part of the Children’s Commission and the Northern Ireland Inquiries to look at Child Sexual Exploitation. She gave evidence in the Scottish Inquiry, and various national inquiries and reviews looking at the barriers and challenges of making our children safe in today’s society.

In 2016 the NWG Network were asked to host the National Child Sexual Response Unit as identified in the National Action Plan following her attendance at the No 10 Downing Street Summit in March 2015. Over the past three years they received 3,265 requests for support; engaged with 29,797 professionals.

Her work has taken her to learn from other countries in Europe and currently is part of a partnership of 8 universities looking at abuse in sport and due to that work has now secured funding from Sport England to expand the Response Unit to work assuring Sports can be a safe activity for our young people to take part in.

Sheila values the importance of family and friends and the time spent together, she also enjoys gardening, cooking for friends and walking.

Ingrid Tennessee

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Ingrid was appointed CEO of Quo Vadis Trust (QVT) Housing Association in October 2016. QVT is a charity providing social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addictions and is an accredited BACP Counsellor. Her leadership experience spans 25 years in the Health and Social Care Sector.

Ingrid grew up in a deprived area of Guyana, South America, but despite the challenges presented by this, became a Secondary School Teacher at a school where she was once a pupil. She moved to the UK in the early 90s.

The rich tapestry of her experience includes having served as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service gaining first-hand experience of hard to reach groups and individuals who have fallen through various safety nets. She has also served as a District Councillor with Sevenoaks Council and became a member of the Audit and Housing Committee, followed by being Vice Chair of Governance.

Ingrid has an in depth understanding of the effects of homelessness, social, complex mental health issues and dual diagnosis, with expertise in designing and delivering tailored services for these needs. Her achievements include the innovative remodelling of first core and flexi approach to care and support for mental health services in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Ingrid has a passion for shaping person centred services for vulnerable people experiencing barriers to self-fulfilment. Her promotion of equality and diversity in the services she leads resulted in her being shortlisted for the National Equality and Diversity Housing Sector Award in 2017.

Her other achievements include successful implementation of volunteering programmes to support core staff in the third sector. She understands and has proven that this type of support maximises and augments permanent staffing capacity and service delivery in smaller organisations, primarily for the benefit of clients, but also for those involved in delivering the service and for wider society.

Ingrid feels honoured and privileged to serve as an NVCO Trustee and looks forward to adding value to the organisation’s future.

Dan Sutch

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Dan is co-founder and director of CAST - working with charities, funders, investors and mission driven organisations to use digital technologies to address big social challenges.

Before leading CAST, Dan was part of the senior team at Nominet Trust and prior to that was head of development and a senior researcher at edtech innovator Futurelab. Dan's also a trustee of Wayfindr.

Dan's focus is on supporting social organisations to respond to the changing context in which we operate, using (and creating) digital tools to deliver high value, user-led services. From organisational strategy and individual digital services, through to programmes like Fuse the first digital accelerator for established nonprofits, Dan's work is to realise the potential of digital in achieving social and charitable aims.

 

 

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