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.

Europe and international

Sara Stephens

Sara StephensSara is the European Social Fund (ESF) effectiveness officer and works on the European Funding Network which provides advice and shares information on EU cohesion policy and European funding opportunities.

Chiara Butti

Chaira ButtiChiara Butti, is NCVO’s international officer. She coordinates the Building Bridges project that supports civil society in North Africa. Updates, advice and analysis on socio-political challenges and opportunities in the region.

Verity Buckley

VerityVerity Buckley Buckley supports NCVO’s EU and international team, working on various projects and flagship events. These include the Building Bridges project, the European Social Fund Programme and our Japanese Cabinet Office youth exchange programme.

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.


Nigel Kippax

Nigel Kippax

Nigel is head of consultancy and training at NCVO. He’s committed to helping charities to become more effective and efficient, and to making it easier for leaders in voluntary and commercial organisations to learn from each other. Nigel writes about trustee boards and risk.

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.

Karina Russell 

Karina Russell

Karina is NCVO’s trainee policy officer. She coordinates our work on society lotteries. Previously, she has worked at the Stroke Association and managed a campaign for a national volunteering organisation.

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.

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter is the marketing and events Officer at NCVO. She manages our flagship Evolve and Trustee conferences, and shares her secrets for running successful events. Before joining NCVO in 2011, Sarah worked at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Macmillan Cancer Support.


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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