NCVO appoints former cancer charity boss as president

10 Jun 2024 News

Left to right: NCVO president Baroness Morgan, CEO Sarah Vibert, ambassador Lord Woolley and chair Priya Singh


Umbrella body NCVO has appointed former Breast Cancer Now chief executive Baroness Morgan as its president and Operation Black Vote founder Lord Woolley as its ambassador, with both starting their roles today.

Cross-bench peer Morgan, who oversaw the mergers of three charities to form Breast Cancer Now, replaces Baroness Pitkeathley, who has served as NCVO’s president since 2017.

Morgan said: “I feel extremely honoured to have been approached to become president of NCVO.

“My career has been dedicated to the charity and voluntary sector, and championing their needs in every way I can, including in the House of Lords.

“Through the innovation and the richness of lived experiences that the voluntary sector gives a voice to, it plays a critical role in society, and it’s a privilege to continue to champion and support this extraordinary sector’s work through this role.”

Woolley said: “I want to play a role that wonderfully acknowledges the power of volunteering and inspires more people to get involved.

“I also want to be a cheerleader for charities that support communities and transform lives.” 

‘Combined expertise’

NCVO chief executive Sarah Vibert said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Morgan and Lord Woolley to NCVO.

“Their combined expertise and passion for social change will undoubtedly strengthen our organisation's impact and effectiveness in supporting the voluntary sector.”

Pitkeathley said: “Being president of NCVO was a great honour but I could not be more delighted to be succeeded by Baroness Morgan.

“Delyth and I have worked together for many years in a variety of settings, and I am acutely aware of the skills, experience and commitment she brings to this new role.

“It is an added bonus that she will be joined by Lord Woolley as ambassador for NCVO; Simon’s enthusiasm for the voluntary sector and his unique ability to unite so many parts of it will be of tremendous value.

“I wish them both all the very best and send warmest congratulations.” 

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