29 Oct 2013
Martyn Lewis has been involved with the voluntary sector for almost 30 years and became chair of the NCVO in late 2010, although he is best known as a television broadcaster, famously presenting the One O'Clock News for the BBC.
His other current charitable roles include: chairman of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, YouthNet and Families of the Fallen; trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, president of United Response, and deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards. He is vice-president of Help the Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care.
During his 32 years as a television journalist he presented every mainstream national news programme on BBC TV and ITV before moving into business in 1999 when he co-founded - and is now European chairman of – Teliris Inc., the global technology pioneer of a new, realtime communications technology known as telepresence. He is also chairman of NICE TV, which works with ITN to deliver high quality news videos for industry-wide conferences, exhibitions and events.
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Shadow cabinet minister Jon Cruddas has outlined his party’s vision for ‘rebuilding Britain’, emphasising a focus on tackling social problems over spending.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has commissioned a report to find ways to encourage the national media to give the voluntary sector more positive coverage, the umbrella body's chair, Martyn Lewis, has advised.
NCVO and Volunteering England have completed their merger and will become one organisation on 1 January 2013.
Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and Richard Leaman, chief executive of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, have been elected to NCVO’s board of trustees.
Good. But the NCVO should get its messages in order before issuing unnerving and frankly upsetting statements.
NCVO and Volunteering England have entered merger talks and could be one organisation by early 2013.
The government will commit an extra tranche of funding in the forthcoming Budget for civil society advice services.
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.