Broadcaster and journalist Martyn Lewis CBE has been involved with the voluntary sector for over 30 years and became chair of the NCVO in 2010.
His other current charity involvement includes chair of the Awards Committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, founder of YouthNet, chair & co-founder of Families Of The Fallen, permanent deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards, president of United Response, vice-president of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices; and patron of the Patchwork Foundation (which works with the main political parties to promote and encourage the participation of under-represented groups in the political sphere).
During his 32 years as a television journalist he anchored every mainstream national news programme on Britain’s two main TV channels, including ITV’s News At Ten and the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News, before moving in 1999 into the world of business.
He is currently a non-executive director of The TS Elite Group, which has developed a new type of performance learning for schools and academies. He returned to broadcasting in 2012 to present a weekly interview programme called “Agenda” on “The Wireless”, a new radio station for the over-50s” created by the charity Age UK.
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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.
Debra Allcock Tyler has condemned trustees for not speaking out against media criticism about chief executive pay, calling their behaviour “appalling”.
Good. But the NCVO should get its messages in order before issuing unnerving and frankly upsetting statements.
Charities should make details of their senior executives’ pay clearly available on their website, no more than two clicks from their homepage, an NCVO report published on Tuesday will say.
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.
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 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".