Karl Wilding Appointed Chief Executive of NCVO

Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:00

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has announced that its public policy and volunteering director Karl Wilding will be its next chief executive.

Karl will succeed Sir Stuart Etherington, who is retiring after 25 years at NCVO.

NCVO chair Peter Kellner described Karl’s strategy for change at NCVO as ‘compelling’, while Karl said he wanted ‘NCVO and its members to lead the changes we need to remain relevant, important and influential even as society changes’.

He will take up the post in mid-September.

The appointment follows an extensive recruitment process, managed by executive search firm Green Park, which included a robust and lengthy scoping exercise involving consultation with NCVO members, its board and staff. Green Park spoke to over 400 leaders from across the voluntary, private and public sectors, identifying a highly diverse range of over 200 candidates while gathering intelligence on what voluntary sector leaders saw as important qualities for the new post-holder.

Over a period of six months, candidates were then invited to submit a CV and supporting statement, attend three rounds of interviews with Green Park, NCVO board members and two independent interview panel members[1].

Karl joined NCVO in 1998, becoming head of research in 2001, head of policy and research in 2011, director of public policy in 2013, and director of public policy and volunteering in 2016.

He is an advisor to Charity Bank, a trustee of US voluntary organisation Creating the Future, a trustee of Communities 1st, a membership body for the voluntary sector in St Albans, and a regular parkrun volunteer.


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