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Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO


Sir Stuart Etherington was appointed Chief Executive of NCVO in 1994.  

NCVO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies and connects the voluntary sector. It currently has over 11,000 member organisations. Previously Sir Stuart was Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

He has four degrees: BA in Politics, MA in Social Planning, MA in International Relations and Diplomacy and MBA from the London Business School. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from both Brunel and Greenwich Universities. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at South Bank University, Greenwich University and City University London, and was Pro-Chancellor of Greenwich University between 2008 and 2013.

Throughout his career Sir Stuart has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them.  As such he has become a leading commentator, through both his writing and his media profile.

Sir Stuart is an Advisory Group member for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative and a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union. He is Chairman of London United, supporting accessible and inclusive sports. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, Chair of Guidestar UK, Chair of CIVICUS Europe, and Treasurer of CIVICUS, a global civil society organisation.

Sir Stuart’s Government appointments have included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. He has served on the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit’s Advisory Board on the Voluntary Sector, HM Treasury’s Cross Cutting Review on the role of the Voluntary Sector, and the Living Wage Commission.

His leisure pursuits include reading political biographies, going to the theatre, opera and film, and watching Surrey County Cricket Club and Charlton Athletic.  He is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and a member of the Dickens Fellowship.

Sir Stuart received his knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours in June 2010 in recognition of his work on behalf of the voluntary and community sector.


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