NCVO has today announced it has proposed Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham OBE as the organisation’s next president and Sally Young as its vice-chair.
Lady Jill Pitkeathley is the suggested president, subject to members' ratification, who has been working in or with the voluntary sector for over 40 years and has been chief executive officer, chair and trustee of a number of charities to date.
She currently sits on the Labour benches in the Lords, where she has been since her appointment in 1997. She is now a deputy speaker in the upper chamber and deputy chair of committees.
Additionally, Lady Pitkeathley is also the chair of Big Society Trust and a member of the Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement.
Her appointment is expected to be ratified by members at NCVO’s annual general meeting, which will take place on 20 November 2017.
If approved, she will succeed 11-time Paralympic Games gold medallist, Baroness Grey-Thompson, whose five-year term is drawing to a close.
“I am honoured and delighted by my proposed appointment as President of NCVO,” Lady Pitkeathley said. “I have been closely involved with NCVO for many years and have always been a great admirer of its work.
“If my appointment is approved by the membership, it will be a particular pleasure to hold this important office during the centenary anniversary celebrations in 2019.”
Sally Young, the chief executive of Newcastle County for Voluntary Service, is set to become NCVO vice-chair.
For the past 30 years, Sally has been working with and for charities and will succeed Matt Hyde, chief executive of the Scout Association, who comes to the end of his second three-year term as trustee on 20 November.
Young will occupy the role for two years, as she is already in her second three-year term as a trustee.
“I am delighted to be taking on the role of vice-chair at NCVO. I know I have a hard act to follow as Matt has been a fantastic vice-chair,” Young said.