Broadcaster Martyn Lewis lined up to chair NCVO

Former newsreader is preferred candidate to take over from umbrella body's Sir Graham Melmoth

Martyn Lewis
Martyn Lewis

Former newsreader Martyn Lewis is set to become the next chair of the NCVO.

The umbrella body's trustees have identified Lewis as their preferred candidate to replace current chair Sir Graham Melmoth, who will stand down in November.

Lewis worked for more than 30 years at ITN and the BBC, and also founded youth volunteering charity YouthNet. He has held roles with a variety of voluntary sector organisations, including Help the Hospices, training charity the Windsor Leadership Trust and United Response, which helps people with disabilities.

"The board is particularly impressed with Martyn's long-standing commitment to - and passion for - the voluntary sector," said Melmoth. "With his excellent leadership skills - honed both through his journalistic and business careers, as well as numerous posts within the sector - we feel he is the best person to drive the NCVO forward."

Lewis will be proposed to NCVO members as the next chair in June. If no alternative suitable candidates are proposed, he will be formally appointed in September.

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