About the authors

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

Campaigning

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.

Events

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.

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.

 

Virag Martin

Virag became the NCVO European and international trainee in February 2013. She is studying for her MSc course (European Public Policy at UCL).  Following her policy/advocacy work on social policies at a Brussels-based European organisation, Virag is now working on the Social Services, European Year of Citizens 2013 and the Balance of Competences Review.

Membership

Hannah Kowszun

Hannah Kowszun

Hannah is NCVO’s marketing and membership manager. She has been part of NCVO since 2006, when she got her first job in the voluntary sector at a member organisation. She enjoys writing about the relationship between NCVO and its members as well as anything else the sector might find useful.

Policy and research

Andrew O’Brien

Andrew worked as a senior parliamentary researcher for over three years before becoming NCVO’s senior policy officer. He covers issues around funding, social investment, tax and the impact of the economy on the voluntary sector.

 

Charlotte Ravenscroft

Charlotte RavenscroftCharlotte Ravenscroft is NCVO’s head of policy and research. Charlotte’s 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.

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte is senior parliamentary officer and public affairs consultant at NCVO. A self-described policy geek, she enjoys writing about the inner workings of government in an accessible way.

 

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.

Elizabeth Chamberlain

Elizabeth ChamberlainElizabeth Chamberlain, Policy Officer, 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.

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.

 

Véronique Jochum

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

 

Public services

Ruby Casey-Knight

Ruby Casey-KnightRuby is NCVO’s Public Services Manager. She leads policy in public service delivery, focusing on health and social care, criminal justice and welfare to work. She also oversees training in public service delivery for the voluntary sector.

 

Ramzi Suleiman

Ramzi Suleiman

Ramzi started at NCVO as a trainee in the Public Services and Partnerships team in January 2013. He specialises in cross sector working, particularly the Work Programme, and runs the work shadowing ‘Day in the Life…’ scheme.

Volunteering

Joni Browne

Joni Browne writes about volunteering, with a particular focus on micro-volunteering. She started her role as Research Officer at NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research in July 2013 and has worked  for including Ipsos Mori and the NHS in the East Midlands.

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.

Nick Ockenden

Nick Ockenden

Nick is the Head of 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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