Jane Ide to step down from infrastructure body Navca

Ide, who was promoted to the top job in 2017, says it is the right time for her to take on a new challenge

Jane Ide
Jane Ide

Jane Ide, chief executive of the local infrastructure body Navca, is to step down to take up the same role at the cultural sector support charity Creative & Cultural Skills

Ide, who has been in the top job at Navca since being promoted from head of membership engagement three years ago, said it was the right time for her to take on a new challenge. 

Judy Robinson, chair of Navca, said Ide would be much missed. "I want to thank Jane for her huge commitment to Navca,” she said. 

“In particular, Jane’s work with other national voluntary organisations and with Navca’s members during Covid-19 has been so crucial to supporting people. 

“It has demonstrated just how important voluntary and community action and its infrastructure support is to society, and not just in a crisis. 

Navca said further details on the recruitment process for a new chief executive would be published “in due course”. 

Robinson said the charity would use the opportunity to “talk to members, colleagues and allies about Navca and its future roles”. 

Ide, who will leave Navca on 10 November, said: “There is never a good time to leave a job you love, but this is the right time for me to take on a new challenge.

“I am excited about the work that lies ahead with Creative & Cultural Skills, but just as importantly I am excited to see how Navca will continue to develop and thrive in the next phase of its evolution.”

Creative & Cultural Skills works to create a fair and skilled cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. 

Ide said the work of local infrastructure organisations had been “unnoticed, unappreciated and undervalued”, but in recent years there had been signs this was changing. 

“I know that Navca has played a key role in changing perceptions of local infrastructure at national level, and I also know that Navca will continue to grow in strength and impact as it champions the work of local infrastructure across England.”

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