By Andrew Holt

Volunteering England and NCVO have today announced the names of the trustees from Volunteering England who will join the board of NCVO as part of the organisations’ proposed merger.

Two Volunteering England trustees, Chris Wade and Tessa Willow, will become trustees of NCVO, while a third, Lynne Regan, will join NCVO’s nominations committee, which considers nominations for the NCVO’s board of trustees.

Talks between NCVO and Volunteering England are progressing well, and subject to the necessary due diligence process, the organisations anticipate merging by the start of next year.

Chair of Volunteering England, Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs said: "Chris, Lynne and Tessa are individually and collectively powerful advocates for volunteering. I am confident they will continue to champion volunteering within the merged organisation and give leadership and support to local infrastructure and national development."

Chair of NCVO, Martyn Lewis CBE, said: "I very much look forward to working with Chris, Lynne and Tessa. Their volunteering expertise, as well as their broad experience of the voluntary sector, will be invaluable as we look to put volunteering at the heart of our work."

Lynne Regan has been the manager of Volunteer Centre Bexley for ten years. She is also a member of the England Volunteering Development Council’s London volunteering forum.

Chris Wade is head of volunteering at Victim Support, where he has worked since 2009.

He represents Volunteering England trustees on the Advisory Group of the Institute for Volunteering Research.

Tessa Willow is chief executive of Volunteer Centre Liverpool, a post she has held since 1998.

She is also chair of regional infrastructure body Volunteering North West.

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