Charity representatives to take National Citizen Service board roles

Written by Joe Lepper

Charity representatives are among ten board members appointed to run the royal charter body set up to run the National Citizen Service.

Among the new appointments made by the Queen to the board of the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust is Dame Julia Cleverdon, founder of volunteering charity Step Up to Serve, which manages the #iwill campaign.

Cleverdon is also chair of the National Literacy Trust and led the Prince’s Charities Place regeneration initiative from 2006 and 2014.

Also appointed is Pearson PLC digital and customer voice strategy lead Ndidi Okezie, who is a board director of The Mulberry Schools Trust, CentrePoint UK and is an ambassador for Teach for Nigeria.

Another appointment with a charity role is former Conservative MP Flick Drummond, who is a trustee of Citizen’s Advice Portsmouth.

They are joined on the NCS Trust board by: Kingston University vice-chair Paul Cleal; games industry veteran Ian Livingstone; Good Energy Group PLC chairman John Maltby; Academies United Learning director Dame Sally Coates; founder of Go Ape Tristram Mayhew; Ashley Summerfield, who leads management consulting and recruitment firm Egon Zehnder’s global board consulting practice; and Lord McNicol, the former general secretary of the Labour Party.

All have been appointed for three years, except Cleverdon, who has been appointed for two years. Their terms start on 1 December when the NCS Trust becomes a Royal Charter body.

Provisions for the NCS Trust to move from being a community interest company to a royal charter body were made in in the National Citizen Service Act 2017.

NCS Trust chair Brett Wigdortz said: “It is a hugely exciting time in NCS’s history, and we are privileged to have a new board that combines such a strong mix of skills and experiences to help guide us.

“All members of the new board have a passion for supporting young people, and their expertise and talents will help us ensure that NCS is a rite of passage for as many young people as possible.

“We want to further embed NCS as a national institution and becoming a Royal Charter body is a crucial step on this journey.”

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