Navca conference special: Martin wins chair in first election

Graham Willgoss

Mike Martin, director of Reading Voluntary Action, has been elected chair of Navca. It was the first election the organisation has held for the post.

At the AGM in Coventry on 20 September, he stood against Sarah Wood, former director of policy at the Local Government Association, who was nominated by Voluntary Action Sheffield (Third Sector, 12 July). She has been elected a trustee.

All 290 Navca members were invited to vote. A nominated representative from each membership council filled out a form downloaded through the organisation's website.

Martin has been director of Reading Voluntary Action for the past 17 years, during which time he served as a trustee of the Community Council for Berkshire for eight years.

He has also been a trustee of Navca for four years and was a founding trustee of Raise, the voluntary sector network for the south-east.

"Navca is much stronger than it was five years ago," said Martin. "My priorities are to sustain a robust position on the independence of the sector, demonstrate the value of our work and ensure Navca supports the local voluntary and community sector in tackling inequality and discrimination."

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