The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has announced that its chair, Peter Kellner, will step down from his role at the end of November.
Kellner joined NCVO’s board as chair in November 2016 and will not be running for a second term.
NCVO is currently undergoing other significant changes after chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington announced earlier this year that he would retire from his role after 25 years. He will be replaced by Karl Wilding, who has worked at the umbrella body since 1998, in September.
Kellner said: ”It has been a huge privilege to have played a leading role in such a dynamic, innovative and professional sector. NCVO’s role is more vital than ever as the challenges facing civil society and the communities we serve grow day by day.
“I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as chair, and I know that whoever follows me will greatly enjoy working with Karl Wilding, as the incoming chief executive, and his hugely talented team.”
NCVO’s board has proposed that Anne Heal should be appointed as chair on an interim basis to allow enough time for a full process.
Heal has been a trustee of NCVO since November 2015 and was re-elected by members in November 2018 for a second term. She is chair of Volunteering Matters, chair of the governance and nominations committee of Diabetes UK, a trustee of BalletBoyz and a director of the London Design & Engineering UTC.
The recruitment process will include consultation with NCVO members and the wider voluntary sector. The process will be led by NCVO president Baroness Pitkeathley.
Pitkeathley said: “Peter has contributed a huge amount over the last three years, giving generously of his time time and expertise. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. We hope that he will continue to work closely with NCVO and other charities as an informed and incredibly well-connected advocate for the sector.
“I’m very grateful to Anne for agreeing to be nominated to take up the role on an interim basis. This will give us the time we’d need to have an inclusive search process and find the best candidates.”
If approved, Heal will chair NCVO for 12 months. NCVO’s AGM will take place on Monday 18 November 2019.