NCVO search for a permanent CEO will not start until the autumn

The NCVO will not seek a new permanent chief executive until the autumn, the sector body has announced as part of a raft of senior leadership changes.

It will work with recruitment specialists in the summer to “develop a robust and inclusive CEP recruitment process and plan to advertise the role in the autumn”.

The decision means interim CEO Sarah Vibert is set to continue in the role for most of 2021.

Vibert was promoted to the role on an temporary basis from her position as director of membership and engagement following the announcement that Karl Wilding will step down as CEO. Wilding announced his decision to step down in January and was paid until the end of March.

The NCVO has also announced that Janu Miah has been appointed as head of people, governance and culture. She joined at the start of this month from the Liberal Democrats.

Also assisting Vibert will be Laura Crandley, who was appointed director of finance and services earlier this year.

The senior team also includes Gavin Finch, who has been appointed interim director of membership and engagement from his current role as head of communications, marketing and membership.

NCVO volunteering consultant Jarina Choudhury has been appointed to the leadership team as interim strategic lead for volunteering.

“I am delighted to be able to share the details of our new leadership team who will support Sarah in her role as interim CEO. We look forward to the smaller, flatter shape of this team bringing the organisation closer together as we start to deliver our new strategy,” said NCVO chair Priya Singh.

“They all have key roles in consolidating and growing our financial position, delivering the actions from our EDI report, embedding a new culture and way of working at NCVO, and ensuring that we are focused on delivering our exciting new strategic vision for our members and organisations across the charity and voluntary sector.”

Staff reimbursed for lost earnings

The NCVO had been expecting a £1.3m budget deficit for 2020/21, but it is now predicting “a significantly smaller deficit than originally forecast”.

This will see staff, including former staff, reimbursed for lost earnings due to being furloughed. They will all now receive their full contractual pay for the year 2020/21, said the NCVO.

“A key reason we are ending the year in a better financial position than anticipated is down to the hard work of our staff. Our dedicated team have moved many of our key services from face-to-face to remote delivery, opened-up our resources to support voluntary organisations with their own decision making at this difficult time, and helped us reach a landmark 16,000 members, with our highest annual membership growth on record,” added Singh.

The NCVO is among charities and sector bodies that has pledged to tackle racism and racial inequality in their organisation.

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