10 Mar 2014
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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Government amendments to the lobbying bill announced today are helpful but still leave more to be done, charity representatives have said.
More sector commentators have come out in defence of the Charity Commission in the wake of the National Audit Office report, with Directory of Social Change CEO Debra Allcock-Tyler saying the report is “fundamentally flawed”.
Sector bodies have voiced cautious support for the Charity Commission following today’s damning National Audit Office report into the regulator’s effectiveness, with NCVO calling for a progress report in 2015.
Transforming Local Infrastructure, a £30m government grant fund aiming to create strong local support for the voluntary sector, shows early signs of having been a success, according to an analysis by Navca.
Charities should be required to publish their expenditure on campaigning and political work in their annual returns, along with how much of their income they receive from public sources, the Public Administration Select Committee has said.
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.
25 Mar 2014