NCVO chief exec requests £25k pay cut amid SMT shake-up

The new chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Karl Wilding, has requested a pay cut of £25,000 amid a shake-up of umbrella body's senior management team.

Salaries at the organisation are set by the HR and remuneration committee, which is a sub-committee of the NCVO trustee board. The advertised salary for the role was £145,218, which is at the higher end of the pay bracket.

But following Wilding's appointment, he requested the committee reset the salary for the chief executive role to lower end of the range. The committee agreed and set the new salary to £120,000.

NCVO said the committee typically aims to benchmark senior management salaries at the lower end of larger national charities' pay levels. The benchmarking process forms a salary range, rather than a specific number.

The organisation has declined to comment further, but emphasised: "This was a request Karl [Wilding] made to the committee, which they agreed to. No other salaries at NCVO are affected."

Senior management re-shuffle

The new chief executive salary has been announced amid a wider re-shuffle of the organisation's senior management team.

NCVO director of strategy and planning, Susan Cordingley will be taking on the role of deputy chief executive.

Cordingley joined the organisation in 2016, having previously worked at NCVO from 1996 to 2001, after which she moved to a senior management role at Guide Dogs.

She will take on responsibility for membership from director of membership and enterprise, Richard Williams, who is stepping down from his role after 13 years. He plans to take up part-time consultancy and non-executive roles in the new year.

The organisation's current head of digital, data and planning, Megan Griffith Gray has been appointed director of strategy and transformation and will take on Coringley's responsibilities for strategy and planning.

Head of policy and public services, Elizabeth Chamberlain will take on the role of director and public policy and volunteering until the new year when Sarah Vibert will be joining on an interim 12-month contract.

All appointments have been made on an interim basis while NCVO launches what has been described as a 'major strategy review'.

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