Jonathan Tallant has been appointed as the new Chair of Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS). His appointment follows the stepping down of our former Chair, Gerri Bright, who will remain on the Board as a Trustee.
Jonathan joined us as a Trustee in late 2017. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and has worked at the university for over 12 years in a number of roles, including Head of the Department of Philosophy and Chair of the University’s Quality and Standards Committee.
He said: "I’m very excited to be taking on the role of NCVS Chair. The organisation’s vision, to help deliver a thriving voluntary and community sector in Nottingham that improves the quality of people’s lives in the city, has never been more important. I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience of managing and delivering against strategic goals, working across higher education and with colleagues from the private, public and charity sectors, to help NCVS deliver its aims and expand on its partnerships."
Gerri, who has been on our board for over 10 years, said, "My highlights of being Chair would have to be working with dedicated colleagues on the Board and the talented staff team, celebrating NCVS's 140th anniversary and being involved in many varied projects including NCVS' Community Sports Support programme, The Charities Enterprise Project and Nottingham's Practice Development Unit, to name just a few.
"The last 10 years have not been easy, due to funding cut-backs across the voluntary sector. However, even though the Board has had to make difficult decisions, NCVS is still here and continues to play a vital role in supporting voluntary and community sector organisations in Nottingham to obtain funding, maintain standards, develop their staff and volunteers and come together to share best practice and ideas through our networks. We also continue to strengthen and increase the huge amount of volunteer support available in the city, as well as represent the views and interests of the sector to politicians, commissioners and councillors. Being able to support the sector in this way has been very rewarding, especially knowing that our involvement has had a positive impact on improving people’s lives across the city."
Further changes to the Board include Roy Taylor and Janet Lewis stepping down as Co-Vice Chairs of NCVS and Stephen Knott, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Autism East Midlands, being appointed as Vice Chair. Roy Taylor will continue at NCVS as a Trustee. Lisa Barker has also stepped down as a Trustee.
Jane Todd, Consultant Chief Executive of NCVS, said, "We are thrilled to appoint Jonathan to Chair our Board and want to take this opportunity to thank Gerri for leading our Board and for her on-going dedication and commitment to NCVS."