The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action has appointed former trustee John Tizard as its new chair.
The appointment followed an open nomination process and a vote by members. Over 40 per cent of Navca members took part in the vote, nearly double the turnout of the previous election in 2015.
Tizard, a strategic advisor to charities, will take up the role in December at Navca’s AGM, where current chair Caroline Schwaller retires at the end of six years’ term.
He said he was delighted to have been elected and “be part of our wider movement of community social action”.
“Community social action is more essential today than ever," said Tizard. "It drives change, offers hope and delivers practical outcomes for communities. It requires a vibrant local VCS supported by strong local infrastructure bodies, which in turn benefit from an effective national infrastructure body. That is Navca’s role.
“As chair I want Navca proactively to support our movement, offer national leadership and enable mutual support across the movement. We must fearlessly champion local infrastructure, and campaign for social justice and equality, and to end austerity.”
Tizard was a Navca trustee from 2010 to 2016, and was vice chair twice in that period. He was then an honorary advisor to the Navca board from 2016 to 2018.
He has worked at a senior level in the voluntary and business sectors, has been a leader of a county council, and has significant experience of being a trustee and chair in both the charity and public sectors.
Tizard is also a regular commentator on public services, governance and the voluntary sector and is a strategic adviser working with charities, businesses and public sectors in the UK and internationally.