Sir Stuart  Etherington

Sir Stuart Etherington

Chief executive, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) from 1 February 1994

Sir Stuart Etherington has been chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) since 1994. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday honours.

Under his reign, NCVO has undergone a substantial rise in public profile and has seen its membership rise eight-fold to 7,000 organisations - though at least 2,000 of these are tiny charities that can join for free.

Sir Stuart has a BSc in Politics, two MAs - one in social service planning and the other in international relations and diplomacy - and an MBA from London Business School.

His background is in social work and he came to the charity sector because of a project run by Mind, then the National Association for Mental Health. In his three years as director of good practice in mental health, Sir Stuart turned it from a small project into a successful charity in its own right.

In 1987 he joined the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now RNID) as director of public affairs and four years later, aged 35, he became its chief executive. Three years later in 1994 he was headhunted to lead the NCVO.
Sir Stuart has also sat on various governmental bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council which funds research and training, and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit which aims to help government deliver on key policies on subjects such as education, health, crime and transport. He is Pro-Chancellor of Greenwich University and a Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies. He has been a trustee of CAF, Business in the Community, GuideStar UK, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, and a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank.

In 2005, Sir Stuart won the outstanding achievement award at the Charity Awards.

In 2008 Civil Society ran a tongue-in-cheek online poll that asked whether the leader of the voluntary sector was Sir Stuart or his counterpart at Acevo, Stephen Bubb. Sir Stuart won hands down with 80 per cent of the vote.

 

 

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Sector response to public criticism has been weak, says Etherington

The charity sector "wasn't strong enough" in response to the media criticism which followed the death of Olive Cooke, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has said.

Sir Stuart Etherington

The Charity Commission must stop "trying to play to the crowd" and being "buffeted by the opinion of the day", Sir Stuart Etherington said today.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has written to minister for civil society Rob Wilson, expressing “serious concerns” about the Charity Commission’s governance, and asking him to address the issue “as a matter of urgency”.

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The total income of the voluntary sector rose sharply, but most of the increase went to the largest charities, according to the UK Civil Society Almanac 2016, published today by NCVO.

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Sir Stuart criticises charity leaders' 'insufficient concern' over fundraising

Sir Stuart Etherington has restated his criticism of trustees and chief executives for their role in this summer’s fundraising scandals, calling for renewed efforts to improve governance.

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The Charity Commission’s "main responsibility" is to the public and robust regulation is needed to ensure they trust charities, chair William Shawcross said yesterday.

NCVO and Acevo plan joint framework to tackle negative press about charities

NCVO and Acevo have agreed to work more closely together to promote the positive impact of the voluntary sector and develop a response to widespread criticism in the media.

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Government departments should place clauses in all charity contracts preventing organisations from using public money to campaign, the Conservative Party Conference heard yesterday.

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