NCVO directors

Karl Wilding

Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy 

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

He is also 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.

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams, Director of Enterprise

Richard's brief includes consultancy, training, membership, marketing events and business development, and the development of new products and services that benefit civil society. Richard has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years and focused 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 and an ambassador for The Conservation Volunteers. He is a non-executive director of Trustees Unlimited and CaSE Insurance, both NCVO collaborative ventures, and non-executive director of NCVO Trading Ltd. Richard is the founder of the Business Launchpad, formerly the Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre.

Justin Davis SmithJustin Davis Smith CBE, Executive Director of Volunteering and Development

Following its merger with Volunteering England, Dr Justin Davis Smith was appointed executive director of volunteering and development at NCVO. He has over 20 years’ experience in the volunteering movement and 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.

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. 

Susan Cordingley, Director of Planning and Resources

Susan is responsible for the organisation's planning and financial management, the provision of internal services, and supporting the governance of NCVO. She leads on NCVO's fifth Strategic Aim, to be a sustainable and socially responsible organisation.

Susan is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from London Business School. She has recently returned to NCVO, having worked for the organisation fourteen years ago in a similar role. Susan also spent time in a senior management role at Guide Dogs for The Blind, before taking a career break to bring up her children, during which time she was treasurer and trustee for a number of charities. Susan is a non-executive director of NCVO Trading Ltd and company secretary of NCVO.

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