12 Feb 2015
Chief executive, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action from January 2012
Joe Irvin will start as chief executive of Living Streets in September 2014.
He was previously chief executive of Navca from January 2012 until July 2014.
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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The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action’s chief executive Joe Irvin is stepping down from the role, to be temporarily replaced by deputy chief executive Neil Cleeveley.
A Conservative MP has reported Oxfam to the Charity Commission for being “overtly politicial” over a campaign against food poverty in Britain.
Proposed new powers for the Charity Commission must not lead it to lose empathy with the charities it regulates and must be accompanied by more funding to be effective, charity leaders have warned in their responses to yesterday's Queen's Speech.
Local councils must “act with fairness” to the voluntary sector and avoid salami-slicing when setting budgets, Acevo, Navca and Compact Voice have said in a joint letter sent last week to all local councils.
NCVO has warned that not all charities will be able to pay their staff a living wage until public sector commissioners take this into consideration when awarding contracts.
Navca’s latest quarterly survey with its members has seen the highest percentage of respondents, since the surveys began in 2012, saying that their relationship with their local authority has got worse over the last 12 months.
Navca is one of a number of charities to state its opposition to government-sanctioned Community Work Placements which begin today.
Joe Irvin, chief executive of Navca, has suggested grants from the Big Lottery Fund are tied to a ‘voucher’ to buy in support services which will build the sustainability or longer-term resilience of the project or organisation.