Navca appoints Neil Cleeveley as permanent chief executive

He has been acting head of the local infrastructure body since Joe Irvin left for Living Streets in July, and will take up the post on 1 December

Neil Cleeveley
Neil Cleeveley

The local infrastructure body Navca has appointed its acting head, Neil Cleeveley, as its permanent chief executive.

He has been the umbrella body’s acting chief executive since July, when Joe Irvin left to take up the top job at Living Streets, the charity for pedestrians.

Cleeveley joined Navca in 2003 as director of policy and was appointed deputy chief executive in January this year. He said he was pleased to take up the opportunity at a crucial time for the organisation and its members.

"This is a time of great change, not least here at Navca," he said. "In such times our guiding principles become more important than ever, and now is the time to reassert them.

"That means a clearer focus than ever on our members and the community action for which they stand. It means maintaining a strong national voice for local communities. It means making sure that change results in a more equal and just society; that’s what motivates me and it is central to Navca’s mission."

Caroline Schwaller, chair of Navca, said of Cleeveley: "He combines a wealth of knowledge and experience of Navca members and the environment in which they operate, with a strong commitment to community action as a means of securing social justice and equality, which form the bedrock of our values and principles.

"That is why we are confident we have appointed someone who thoroughly understands the challenges facing Navca, our members and their local communities."

Cleeveley will be paid a salary of £60,000 a year and will formally take up the post on 1 December.

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