Sarah Vibert will be interim NCVO boss until next year

16 Apr 2021 News

Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive, NCVO

Sarah Vibert will continue as interim chief executive of NCVO until 2022, the umbrella body has said.

Vibert took over as interim boss in January, after Karl Wilding announced he would be leaving the role.

NCVO will design a recruitment process for appointing a new chief executive over the summer, working with an external agency, and plans to advertise the post in the autumn.

The charity also said that all current and former staff who took voluntary pay cuts in the last year, or lost income after being furloughed, will be reimbursed to full pay, after NCVO achieved a “better than expected” financial performance.

This includes Wilding, who also received a payment equivalent to three months wages after leaving NCVO in March.

Recruitment plans

NCVO said in a statement that it is “working on the process to appoint a new, permanent CEO. 

“NCVO will work with an agency partner during the summer of 2021 to develop an open, robust, and inclusive CEO recruitment process and plan to advertise the role in the autumn.”

The plan comes as the charity announces a new leadership team.

Janu Miah has been appointed as head of people, governance and culture, while Laura Crandley becomes director of finance and services.

Gavin Finch has been made interim director of membership and engagement, and Jarina Choudhury is the interim strategic lead for volunteering.

Priya Singh, the chair of trustees at NCVO, said: “I am delighted to be able to share the details of our new leadership team who will support Sarah in her role as interim CEO. 

“We look forward to the smaller, flatter shape of this team bringing the organisation closer together as we start to deliver our new strategy.”

An internal report, written for NCVO last summer and leaked earlier this year, claimed that bullying and harassment took place “with impunity” at the organisation

Reimbursement for staff

NCVO also said that the charity will face a smaller financial deficit than it had forecast, and would be reimbursing current and former staff who lost pay during the coronavirus crisis to “acknowledge the contribution and sacrifices” they had made.

NCVO said in a statement: “Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions on its revenue generating activities – as seen across the charity and volunteering sector as a whole – NCVO had previously stated that it was forecasting a £1.3m budget deficit for the 2020-21 year.

“However, the organisation is predicting a significantly smaller deficit than originally forecast.

“As a result of the better than expected position and projected future performance, NCVO will reimburse staff, including former staff, for lost earnings due to taking part in furlough through the government’s job retention scheme or from voluntary pay reductions, ensuring they receive their full contractual pay for the year 2020-21.”

Singh said: “NCVO, like charities across the UK, is going to feel the impact of the pandemic over more than one financial year. 

“Yet we have reduced our cost base, have healthy reserves and are optimistic about many revenue generating activities returning later this year. 

“This is why we have been able to make this decision on staff reimbursement at this time.”

Pay out

The organisation confirmed that Wilding, who left his role as chief executive earlier this year after 18 months in charge, “received the equivalent of a further three months pay on leaving NCVO”. This is £30,000.

Wilding will also have qualified for the reimbursement scheme, after he took a voluntary 25% pay cut at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Editor's Note: The headline has been updated to clarify that Sarah Vibert will be interim chief executive until "at least" the autumn. 

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