Nick Wilkie to step down as NCT chief executive

He is taking over parenting roles from his wife, who is going back to work, according to an agreement between the two

Nick Wilkie
Nick Wilkie

Nick Wilkie, chief executive of the parenting and childbirth charity NCT, is to step down at the end of the year.

Wilkie was appointed chief executive of the charity in 2015, having previously been the director of UK programmes at Save the Children UK.

In statement published yesterday, the charity said Wilkie was stepping down in order to switch parenting roles with his wife, who is the full-time parent to the couple’s three children. She will go back to work.

The statement said the couple had agreed when he took up the role that they would swap after five years.

Wilkie said: "NCT is an extraordinary organisation, full of wonderful people providing vital support for parents during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, and being its chief executive is an absolute privilege.

"I am excited about my own family swap. I also know I will miss this job and a team of colleagues I like and admire very much."

As well as parenting, Wilkie will continue to be a trustee for three organisations, work as a consultant with Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness and volunteer in his local youth club.

Jessica Figueras, chair of NCT, said: "Nick has been an outstanding chief executive of NCT.

"The strategy he and the team have put in place has been transformational. We are strengthening the charity’s core work supporting parents through antenatal courses and infant feeding, and broadening the charity’s reach to support more parents through the first 1,000 days.

"The trustees and I look forward to finding a fitting successor to continue this work with the great team Nick has built."

Seána Talbot, the NCT’s president, resigned in April, saying the charity was being taken in a direction she could not support and that the leadership had made "damaging and harmful decisions". She warned that a fall in the charity’s income had been "disastrous".

It was understood that Talbot’s resignation came after 38 practitioners at the charity wrote to it to express a range of concerns at the direction the charity was heading in terms of its strategy, its approach to social media and its financial situation.

Over the past five years for which accounts are available, the charity’s annual income has fallen by 12.9 per cent, from £17.6m to £15.6m in the year to the end of March 2018.

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