NCVO trustee steps down because 'the change I seek is beyond this role'

Kiran Kaur had been on the board of the umbrella body for less than a year

A trustee at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has stepped down early, saying: “The change I seek is beyond this role.”

Kiran Kaur, who is co-founder and chief executive of GirlDreamer, which supports the personal and professional development of young women of colour to tackle social inequality, and who only joined the NCVO’s board last March, revealed the move on Twitter over the weekend.

According to records filed with Companies House, Kaur stepped down on 2 February.

Her resignation came just days before Third Sector revealed the contents of a shocking independent report into the culture at the NCVO.

The report, which was shared with NCVO staff in June, concluded that staff members from all marginalised groups experienced “overt oppression” across all levels of the umbrella body.

It also found evidence of “bullying and harassment” on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability happening “with impunity” at all levels of the organisation, leaving members of minority groups there feeling “unsafe at work”.

Kaur, who had been appointed to a three-year term, did not respond to a request for comment from Third Sector.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the board for their support and shared experience over the past year,” she said on Twitter.

“It's been a huge learning journey and I'm grateful to have had such an experience.”

Priya Singh, chair of the NCVO, said: “On behalf of the board I want to reiterate our huge thanks for Kiran’s significant contribution during her time in the role.

“She brought us such insight, which helped us considerably. For this we express our sincere thanks.”

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