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NCVO announces start of recruitment for permanent CEO to lead culture change and new strategic approach

NCVO has today shared details of its recruitment process for a new permanent CEO, which will be supported by executive search specialists Saxton Bampfylde. The application window for candidates to take on the role of leading the largest membership organisation for charities and voluntary organisations in England is open from today (29 November 2021) until 10 January 2022. CVs with a supporting statement should be sent via Saxton Bampfylde’s website using the reference UATAGA.

Search begins for inspirational and influential new CEO

NCVO is now seeking to appoint a permanent CEO who will lead the delivery of NCVO’s new strategy and key organisational priorities. The successful candidate will provide a high-profile role championing, convening and supporting organisations across the charity and voluntary sector as they continue their vital role supporting communities to respond to the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic.

NCVO is searching for an inspirational and influential new CEO to lead the organisation – which has a history dating back over a century – as it takes a more collective approach to its work. NCVO places its 16,500+ members at the heart of everything it does, uniting to amplify and support the remarkable role of charities and volunteers. The organisation is looking for a candidate who can lead its powerful work connecting and convening charities and volunteers so they can learn, share and collaborate better, and achieve meaningful and long-lasting outcomes which benefit voluntary organisations, volunteering and wider society.

Recruitment partner selected following rigorous process with focus on diversity and inclusion

Saxton Bampfylde has been announced as the employment agency partner to support NCVO as it commences the search for its new CEO. NCVO invited potential partners to tender through a rigorous process to help it identify a partner who could help it achieve a genuinely fair, accessible, inclusive and equitable recruitment process. NCVO wants to reach the widest and most diverse audience possible to help it find a CEO who embodies NCVO’s values of being collaborative, open, inclusive and ambitious. These values underpin how the organisation is approaching everything it does and are crucial to the continuation and embedding of its culture change journey.

Saxton Bampfylde is committed to seeking out, supporting and developing senior leadership talent from all backgrounds of life. Its diversity initiatives are proven to offer clear and results-based approaches to help clients find, keep and enhance their leaders of tomorrow. NCVO particularly welcomes applications from disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates.

The recruitment process and application deadline

Full details of the role, requirements, and application process are available on the NCVO website or through recruitment partner Saxton Bampfylde. The closing date for applications is 09:00 on 10 January 2022. For further information please visit Saxton Bampfylde's website and search for the reference UATAGA.

This search for a new CEO will be project managed by NCVO’s head of people and culture, Janu Miah, and led by NCVO’s chair Dr Priya Singh. Saxton Bampfylde is acting as an employment agency advisor to NCVO on this appointment.

Dr Priya Singh, chair of trustees at NCVO, commented:
“I am pleased to announce the start of our search for NCVO’s next CEO. I am also delighted to have appointed Saxton Bampfylde to work with us on this crucial appointment.
“This is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding roles in the charity sector. One which carries a huge amount of responsibility and influence.
“I am proud to be a trustee and chair of an organisation which has so much to offer a sector which is under increasing demand and has a vital role to play. We will unite people who want charities to thrive, to champion the remarkable role of their organisations and volunteers. And by speaking up and supporting each other we can help our members make a bigger difference. For every community.
“To help us do this, we are looking for a truly inspirational and influential CEO who can lead our culture change throughout the organisation and deliver our strategy to champion and support charities to make a bigger difference and build stronger communities.
“If you think you have the passion, talent and experience, we would love to hear from you.”


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Download the recruitment pack and enquire or apply: Full details of the role, requirements and application process are available on the NCVO website or through recruitment partner Saxton Bampfylde. The closing date for applications is 09:00 on 10 January 2022. 

About NCVO: NCVO is the largest membership organisation for the voluntary sector in England. With more than 16,500 members, NCVO represents all types of organisations, from large ‘household name’ charities to small voluntary and community groups involved at the local level. We are also the lead body for volunteering in England. To find out more visit the NCVO website.

About Dr Priya Singh: Dr Priya Singh is chair of the board of trustees at NCVO. Her medical career began in general practice, following which she specialised in legal medicine. She has broad strategic, commercial, and operational experience in international healthcare, safety, ethics and risk. She is chair designate of the Frimley ICS, deputy chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, executive director of the Society for Assistance of Medical Families, a non-executive director of South Central Ambulance Service, and a member of the London Policing Ethics Panel.

About Saxton Bampfylde: Saxton Bampfylde is globally recognised as a trusted, values-driven leadership advisory firm. Our 35 year track record of finding outstanding leaders, at both board and executive level has been built on our pioneering approach to research-intensive executive search. Today, we have built powerful long-term partnerships with some of the world’s most dynamic and significant organisations, across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors. With over 130 consulting partners around the world, across 40 global offices, we are able to seek out and engage with talent around the world. We value the continued success of our clients’ organisations and through our bespoke leadership services we are able to support individuals and their teams to develop and realise their full potential. Committed to living our values, Saxton Bampfylde became an employee-owned company in 2014, a unique model in executive search. For more information visit the Saxton Bampfylde website

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