Karl Wilding steps down as CEO of NCVO

Karl Wilding has stepped down as the CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), after just 18 months at the helm.

In a statement released today, Wilding said "sometimes leadership is about knowing when to pass the baton on" and that the umbrella body requires a new leader, not someone who is 'part of its past'.

His resignation follows a huge year of change for the organisation, which has just completed its strategy review and organisational restructure.

Wiling will be replaced by interim CEO, Sarah Vibert, who is currently director of membership and engagement until a permanent replacement is found.

"It has been the highlight of my career to serve as CEO for the last 18 months and work with such fantastic and dedicated colleagues," Wilding said.

"With the strategy review, organisational restructure and the first part of our work on EDI complete, now is the right time for me to step away. Sometimes leadership is about knowing when to hand the baton on and I know I am leaving NCVO in safe hands.

"I believe that new leadership will be able to lead the necessary cultural change NCVO is determined, rightly, to achieve. That requires someone new, not part of the past.

"I will leave with real sadness, but I know it’s the right and responsible decision for NCVO."

Wilding will leave the post at the end of March, during which time he will work with the board and interim CEO to provide support during the transition. It is not yet clear what role Wilding will be moving onto.

NCVO chair, Dr Priya Singh thanked Wilding for his many years of service, particularly his leadership of the organisation's new strategy.

"Karl’s decision to leave is rooted in his integrity and a genuine desire to do the right thing for the organisation he loves. He goes with our very best wishes."

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