Two senior staff to leave NCVO

19 Nov 2020 News

Two senior figures are set to leave NCVO, as the umbrella body restructures in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Susan Cordingley, interim deputy chief executive with responsibility for finance and services, and Megan Griffith Gray, interim director of strategy and transformation, have both resigned.

NCVO’s consultation on redundancies opened in October and will conclude next month.

A spokesperson confirmed that the organisation still anticipates losing 22 roles, partly through leaving empty posts unfilled, and expects to make 13 redundancies.

NCVO said in October that it expects to see deficits of around £1.3m in each of the next three financial years because of Covid-19’s impact on its income. 


Griffith Gray will leave at the end of the financial year after 17 years at NCVO, including work leading its digital strategy and the recent strategic review of the whole charity. She then plans to seek a senior role elsewhere in the sector.

Cordingley became deputy chief executive at NCVO in 2019, and will stay in post until the current restructure is completed. She was previously NCVO's director of planning and resources. She had planned to help manage the first year of a transition to a new chief executive before leaving for a new challenge and felt it would be wrong to seek one of the new director roles given the likelihood of her leaving in the medium term. 

Both were appointed to the interim senior management team when Karl Wilding became chief executive in September 2019.

Sarah Vibert, who joined NCVO in January this year as interim director of public policy and volunteering, will stay in the leadership team in a permanent role as director of membership and engagement.

In her new role Vibert will oversee policy, comms, public affairs, research, marketing and membership. 

New role

The restructured senior management team has been reduced in size overall from three posts to two, so NCVO is now recruiting for the new role of director of finance and services.

The job advert says that NCVO is looking for candidates who can “lead our thinking on how to adapt commercially to a post-Covid-19 world” during “a time of considerable change and uncertainty”.

The job will pay just over £92,000.

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