NCVO directors

Karl WildingDirector of Public Policy: Karl Wilding

Karl leads NCVO's policy, research, media and public affairs and international relations teams. Karl has lead responsibility for two of NCVO's strategic aims, championing the voluntary sector, and connecting people and organisations.

Karl was previously NCVO's head of policy and research. He joined NCVO in 1998. Karl speaks and writes widely on the big issues facing the voluntary sector, such as transparency and accountability, funding and finance, and the relationship between digital technology and social action. He is an active contributor to NCVO's foresight programme which aims to identify up-and-coming issues that will shape the voluntary sector. Karl blogs about the big issues facing voluntary organisations and regularly shares voluntary sector news and insight via Twitter.

Outside of NCVO, Karl is a non-executive director of Charity Bank, a trustee of US voluntary organisation, Creating the Future, a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Previously Karl was vice-chair of the Charities Evaluation Services and a trustee of the Association of Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

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 the group development director for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, 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 the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust, a management committee member of the Big Society Cooperative and an ambassador for The Conservation Volunteers. He is a council member of Social Enterprise UK, a non-executive director of Trustees Unlimited LLP and CaSE Insurance, which are both NCVO collaborative ventures, as well as of the Fundraising Standards Board. Richard is the founder of the Business Launchpad, formerly the Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre.

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 of 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’ experience 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 on the development of the 2012 volunteering strategy and has recently joined the board of Join-In to help deliver a lasting volunteering legacy to 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 is a former chair of the Nationwide Foundation and trustee of vInspired. 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 former prime minister, Sir James Callaghan. 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: Susan Cordingley

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.

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