10 Mar 2014
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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NCVO chair Martyn Lewis today described the attacks on individual charities and the sector at large over the last few months as "frequent and vicious" and the political environment in which they occurred as "febrile".
Conservative MPs Priti Patel and Charlie Elphicke have criticised the Charity Commission for offering a pay deal worth up to £125,000 plus benefits for its new chief executive.
The merger of NCVO and Volunteering England helped NCVO end the last financial year with an income uplift of £1.5m – though even without the VE revenue, the umbrella body grew its income by 14 per cent during the year.
Good. But the NCVO should get its messages in order before issuing unnerving and frankly upsetting statements.
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.