Chief executive, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action from January 2012
Joe Irvin became chief executive of Navca in January 2012.
A Labour stalwart who stood for election as general secretary of the Labour Party in the summer of 2011, Irvin was also chief special adviser to John Prescott when he was Deputy Prime Minister and worked part-time for PM Gordon Brown in the 10 Downing St Policy Unit.
Irvin also held various senior roles including director of policy, over an 18-year period at the Transport and General Workers Union.
Other previous roles include director of parliamentary affairs at the RSPB and director of public affairs at the British Airports Authority.
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Some Navca members have voiced concern over the umbrella body's direction since chief executive Joe Irvin joined in 2012, with one leaving in protest at its relationship with Acevo.
Navca has said that additionality is a fundamental principle of the way the National Lottery operates, and that any rethink should include consultation with small charities and the public.
The planned merger with Navca and Community Matters, agreed to by members of both organisations, has been cancelled due to fears over pension liabilities.
The chief executives of CFG, NCVO and Navca have expressed their "grave concern about the detrimental impact of escalating pension liabilities on charities" in a joint open letter to Steve Webb, minister for pensions.
Six of Navca’s members have become living wage employers, following the umbrella body's pledge to encourage all of its 350 members to pay their staff a living wage.
Acevo is launching a review of the Work Programme, which came under heavy criticism yesterday for failing to get sufficient people into long-term employment.
Charities have attacked David Cameron’s plans to end three-month consultations and equality impact assessments on government policy and reduce the numbers of judicial reviews.