NCVO Directors

Karl WildingDirector of Public Policy: Karl Wilding

Karl Wilding is Director of Public Policy at NCVO and oversees NCVO's work on policy and research, partnerships and public services, the Compact, the Institute for Volunteering Research and NCVO's European and international function.

Karl's professional interests include voluntary sector funding and finance, the relative roles of the state and voluntary organisations, and the impact of new technologies (such as open data) on voluntary action.

He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness, where he also contributes to the ESRC Centre for Giving and Philanthropy. Karl is a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service.

Richard WilliamsDirector of Enterprise: Richard Williams

Richard is the Director of Enterprise and is responsible for consultancy, training, membership and enterprise including, fundraising, marketing, events, business development and the development of new products and services that benefit civil society.

Richard was previously Group Development Director for BTCV a leading UK based conservation volunteering charity where he was responsible for business development, fundraising, public relations, customer relations, and the management of cross sector partnerships. Richard has a background in production management and formal management training.

He has worked in the charity and social enterprise sector for 30 years focusing on youth enterprise, unemployment measures, environmental issues, income generation, partnership development and diversity.

Richard is a trustee of RAFT (Restoration of Appearance & Function Trust), a management committee member of the Big Society Cooperative and an ambassador for The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). He is a council member of Social Enterprise UK, a non-executive director of Trustees Unlimited LLP and CaSE Insurance, both NCVO collaborative ventures, as well as FRSB. Richard is the founder of the Business Launchpad (WYEC).

Justin Davis SmithExecutive Director of Volunteering and Development: Justin Davis Smith CBE

Following its merger with Volunteering England, Dr Justin Davis Smith was appointed Executive Director, Volunteering and Development at NCVO. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. He has over 20 years in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy.

He worked with the government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) with the development of the 2012 volunteering strategy and has recently joined the board of Join-In to help deliver a lasting volunteering legacy from the Games. He is a member of the committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an advisor to the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and on the governing body of the Economic and Social Research Council.

He was a member of the Russell Commission on youth volunteering and the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, and a former chair of the Nationwide Foundation and trustee of v. He has written widely on volunteering and is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. He joined the Board of Watford FC's Community Sports and Education Trust in January 2013. In his earlier career Justin was political assistant to the Rt. Hon Sir James Callaghan MP. In 2011, he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his work on behalf of volunteering and the voluntary sector. His hobbies include football and cricket and he is a season ticket holder of Watford Football Club.

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Director of Planning and Resources

The Director of Planning and Resources is responsible for the organisation's planning and financial management, the provision of internal services, and supporting the governance of NCVO. The job is shared by Coral Newton and Sarah Welsh, in accordance with NCVO's flexible working policy.

Coral NewtonCoral Newton

Coral Newton is a graduate of Oxford University and a chartered public finance accountant (CPFA) with over 20 years experience in public sector financial management. As a management consultant, she has worked with KPMG, CIPFA, and the Audit Commission to promote best practice in financial management and improve the evaluation and monitoring of public spending programmes. In 2010 she helped to deliver the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning. 

Coral has worked on a number of major change projects at Director and Board level, including start-ups and mergers in the not for profit sector, in permanent, interim and project-based roles. This included roles at the Adult Learning Inspectorate, Consumer Focus and the Royal College of Nursing.  

Coral has served as Honorary Treasurer of the Howard League for Penal Reform since 2006, and is a member of the Charity Finance Directors Group.

Sarah WelshSarah Welsh

After graduating from Bristol University, Sarah qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and then worked for IBM Europe in Paris.

For the past 18 years Sarah worked for Friends of the Earth as Director of Resources and then Director of Organisational Development where she led programmes of change to improve the effectiveness of Friends of the Earth's work.

Sarah is also Chair of Different Strokes, a charity that provides support for younger stroke survivors.

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