Martyn Lewis has been involved with the voluntary sector for almost 30 years and became chair of the NCVO in late 2010, although he is best known as a television broadcaster, famously presenting the One O'Clock News for the BBC.
His other current charitable roles include: chairman of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, YouthNet and Families of the Fallen; trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, president of United Response, and deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards. He is vice-president of Help the Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care.
During his 32 years as a television journalist he presented every mainstream national news programme on BBC TV and ITV before moving into business in 1999 when he co-founded - and is now European chairman of – Teliris Inc., the global technology pioneer of a new, realtime communications technology known as telepresence. He is also chairman of NICE TV, which works with ITN to deliver high quality news videos for industry-wide conferences, exhibitions and events.
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Conservative MPs Priti Patel and Charlie Elphicke have criticised the Charity Commission for offering a pay deal worth up to £125,000 plus benefits for its new chief executive.
Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, has said that both he and NCVO believe paying trustees is the wrong direction to take, and that people should celebrate the voluntary nature of trusteeship.
NCVO has announced the members of its executive pay inquiry that will create guidelines for charity trustees on deciding pay levels for senior executives.
NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has called on the government to double the size of the Transition Fund to prevent civil society organisations from going to the wall before statutory funders decide whether to continue contracts.
Good. But the NCVO should get its messages in order before issuing unnerving and frankly upsetting statements.
Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, has criticised the Public Administration Select Committee for using the phrase ‘Tesco charity’ in its new report on the Big Society, saying it is a misplaced way to describe the larger end of the sector.
NCVO and Volunteering England have entered merger talks and could be one organisation by early 2013.
NCVO chair Martyn Lewis today described the attacks on individual charities and the sector at large over the last few months as "frequent and vicious" and the political environment in which they occurred as "febrile".
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