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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