NCVO appoints two new trustees to board

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has appointed two new trustees to its board.

Jake Ferguson, chief executive at Hackney CVS, and Kiran Kaur, co-founder and chief executive of GirlDreamer were both appointed to the board by existing trustees for their expertise in leadership in local voluntary sector support and in diversity and inclusion.

Ferguson is currently CEO of Hackney CVS, a local infratsructure and sector support agency, which leads a number of voluntary sector delivery partnerships and a range of sector networks.

He is a member of the Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group, which advises the mayor of London about serious youth violence and has worked to support the government’s approach on youth unemployment. He is also a member of NCVO’s Rebalancing the Relationship project steering group and chair of the London CVS directors network.

Kaur is the co-founded GirlDreamer, an empowerment platform for millennial and generation Z women of colour, with projects including providing training programmes to support women of colour into social entrepreneurship.

She is a consultant, supporting organisations to bridge the gap between communities and companies, increasing representation and building online brand presence for those in the social sector.

NCVO’s board currently consists of a mix of trustees, some of whom are elected by NCVO’s members and some who are appointed by the board for the expertise and experience that they bring.

Ferguson and Kaur will attend their first board meeting next month. The appointments, like all NCVO trustee positions, are for an initial three-year term, which can be renewed once.

These appointments come as NCVO continues recruitment for a new chair for its trustee board. The membership body said its new chair will play a crucial role in influencing how NCVO translates its core purpose, values and ambitions into action.

The application process is being managed by executive search consultancy firm Green Park. The deadline for applications is Monday 16 March 2020.

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