11 Feb 2016
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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A Conservative MP has reported Oxfam to the Charity Commission for being “overtly politicial” over a campaign against food poverty in Britain.
Government amendments to the lobbying bill announced today are helpful but still leave more to be done, charity representatives have said.
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.
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.
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.
Charities are set to benefit as the Public Services (Social Value) Bill has been passed through the House of Lords and will now become law.
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