The current chief executive of NAVCA, Jane Ide, will leave the charity on 10 November 2020.
She will take up a new role as chief executive of Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector body working across the UK to create a fair and skilled cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice.
NAVCA is the umbrella organisation for local infrastructure, with around 180 members across England.
Ide has been chief executive of NAVCA since July 2017, taking on the role after a period as the organisation’s head of membership engagement.
She said: “I am immensely proud of the work that NAVCA does to support our members as they help their local communities to benefit from a thriving, resilient voluntary and community sector.
“For far too long the work of local infrastructure has gone unnoticed, unappreciated and undervalued. But in recent years we have started to see signs that that is changing - most recently in the Kruger report’s recommendation for government investment in a revitalised local infrastructure offer, and in the support offered by funders to local infrastructure in the wake of the pandemic.
“I know that NAVCA has played a key role in changing perceptions of local infrastructure at national level, and I also know that NAVCA will continue to grow in strength and impact as it champions the work of local infrastructure across England.
“There is never a good time to leave a job you love but this is the right time for me to take on a new challenge. I am excited about the work which lies ahead with Creative & Cultural Skills, but just as importantly I am excited to see how NAVCA will continue to develop and thrive in the next phase of its evolution. I have every faith in its future, and in the future of its members.”
She also tweeted the news to her followers.
The last three years have been brilliant (and challenging!) and we’ve seen a real shift in perceptions of local infrastructure. I know my successor, whoever they are, will have the chance to take a great organisation and an amazing membership on to even higher levels. 1/-— Jane_NAVCA #NeverMoreNeeded (@Jane_NAVCA) September 28, 2020
Judy Robinson, chair of NAVCA’s board, said the umbrella body will use this opportunity to talk to members, colleagues and allies about NAVCA and its future roles.
Robinson said: “I want to thank Jane for her huge commitment to NAVCA. In particular, Jane’s work with other national voluntary organisations and with NAVCA’s members during Covid-19 has been so crucial to supporting people. It has demonstrated just how important voluntary and community action and its infrastructure support is to society, and not just in a crisis.
“I know Jane will be much missed. The NAVCA trustee board wants to build on her work and the progress we have made in recent times, working with and supporting our members and the wider voluntary sector so that we are at the heart of thriving and fair communities.
“NAVCA’s strength is in its member network and their deep roots in places and in connecting this with national policy and decision making.”