Justin Davis Smith
Executive director of volunteering from early 2013
Justin Davis Smith is chief executive of Volunteering England and is to become executive director of volunteering for NCVO when the bodies merge at the end of 2012.
With over 20 years in the volunteering movement Justin has a wealth of experience and has been an adviser to the UK government, World Bank and the UN on volunteering.
He was formerly director of the Institute for Volunteering Research and is also a trustee of the youth volunteering charity v and former chair of the Nationwide Foundations.
He was a member of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and worked with the UK government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to develop its 2012 volunteering strategy.
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Volunteer centres are struggling to pull in funding, according to NCVO, with 63 per cent of those that responded to an annual survey reporting a fall in income last year.
Central government grants to voluntary organisations more than tripled from £93m when Margaret Thatcher first came to power in 1979, to £292m in 1988, eight years into her 11-year reign as Prime Minister.
Organisations have “missed the opportunity” of the Olympics to inspire young people to volunteer, claims Joe Saxton as he said that “more than six months after the Games they still don’t seem to have been presented with opportunities”.
Volunteering England chief executive Justin Davis Smith will become the executive director for volunteering at NCVO when the two organisations complete their merger.
NCVO and Volunteering England have agreed upon the first details for the soon-to-be merged organisation's structure, agreeing to put volunteering "at the heart" of the new organisation.
A new £2m government-backed Olympic volunteering legacy charity, has been set up by David Cameron, with volunteering leaders Lucy de Groot, and Justin Davis Smith as trustees.
CRB checks have been made "unnecessarily restrictive" for refugees and asylum seekers, say the chief executives of Volunteering England and the Employability Forum in a letter to the minister of state for immigration.