About the authors

Find out more about NCVO staff who contribute to this blog site.

Stuart Etherington

All posts by Sir Stuart Etherington

Sir Stuart Etherington has been chief executive of NCVO since 1994.


Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb

Brian is chair of NCVO’s campaign advisory group and author of NCVO’s Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing. He is also chair of Achievement for All, a national charity working to improve outcomes of vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Simmin Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert, senior consultant with NCVO, works with charities across the sector to help them deliver more powerful and impactful  campaigns. She chairs NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning and is a member of the Campaigning Effectiveness Advisory Board.

External relations

Aidan Warner

Aidan Warner

Aidan Warner is NCVO’s external relations manager. He writes about charity communications. He has previously worked at the BBC and Mind, the mental health charity.


Myles Kunzli

Myles KunzliMyles currently oversees NCVO’s advice and information service and was previously an NCVO governance consultant. He previously headed up a local community legal centre and was chief executive of the Community Legal Centres Association in Western Australia. He is an experienced board member and previous chair of various social welfare charities and is currently a trustee of the LGBT Consortium of Voluntary and Community Organisations.

Policy and public services

Charlotte Ravenscroft


Charlotte is NCVO’s Head of Policy and Public Services. Her main policy interests are around funding, public service delivery and strengthening the evidence base for voluntary action. She has previously worked at the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Education.

Nick Davies

Nick Davies

Nick is NCVO’s public services manager. He is also a trustee of the South London Relief in Sickness Fund.

Elizabeth Chamberlain

Elizabeth ChamberlainElizabeth Chamberlain, Policy Manager, blogs and gives updates on what NCVO is doing to simplify and modernise charity law so organisations can work more effectively.

Karl Wilding

Karl WildingKarl Wilding, Director of Public Policy, leads NCVO’s policy, research and campaigning work in the UK and internationally. With lead responsibility for shaping the external environment for the voluntary sector, he blogs about the big issues facing voluntary organisations.

Lev Pedro

Lev Pedro

Lev is our public services senior officer. He helps organisations to work out if they want to engage in public service delivery, and to give them practical help if that’s what they want to do.

Paul Winyard

Paul WinyardPaul Winyard, Policy Officer, reflects on the voluntary sector’s role in delivering and commissioning public services and the advancement of the social value agenda.

Practical support

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Chris has worked at NCVO for over 12 years – he is our enterprise development manger. Chris works with our Trusted Suppliers to help voluntary organisations to explore new ways of becoming more efficient.


David Kane

David KaneDavid Kane is a Senior Research Officer, leading on the quantitative analysis of data for NCVO’s work on the size and scope of civil society, and is an author of the UK Civil Society Almanac  since 2008, the State and the Voluntary Sector and the UK Voluntary Sector Almanac 2007. David leads NCVO’s work on open data and our bespoke data services.

Véronique Jochum

Veronique JochumVéronique Jochum, Research Manager blogs about the latest research from NCVO and other research related topics on civil society.


Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis

Andy is senior research officer at NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research. Andy has worked in research roles in the education and non-profit sectors for over ten years.

John Carlin

John Carlin photoJohn is NCVO’s Volunteer Centre Support Manager and is responsible for NCVO’s strategy for maximising the impact and sustainability of Volunteer Centres and other local organisations in England.

Justin Davis Smith

Justin Davis SmithFollowing its merger with Volunteering England, Dr Justin Davis Smith was appointed Executive Director, Volunteering and Development at NCVO. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. He has over 20 years in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy.

Kristen Stephenson

Kristen is NCVO’s Volunteer Management and Good Practice Manager. She’s interested in raising the profile of volunteer management as a profession, and the development of approaches which can help volunteering deliver for people, organisations and communities.

Photo of Matt HillMatt Hill

Matt is a senior research officer at the Institute for Volunteering Research where he has worked since 2008.

Nick Ockenden

Nick Ockenden

Nick is the Head of Research at NCVO including the Institute for Volunteering Research where he has worked since 2005. Nick leads IVR’s work programme and is responsible for its strategic and financial management.


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