Parenting charity NCT appoints new chief executive

Angela McConville succeeds Nick Wilkie, who stepped down at the end of the year

The parenting charity NCT has appointed Angela McConville as its next chief executive.

McConville is an experienced charity leader and most recently spent two years as chief executive of the Greenwich Foundation, which is responsible for the stewardship of the Old Royal Naval College, before she stepped down in October.

She will succeed Nick Wilkie, chief executive of the charity since 2015, who announced in September that he would leave at the end of 2019 in order to switch parenting roles with his wife, who will return to work after being full-time parent to the couple’s three children.

McConville’s previous roles include being chief executive of the community development charity the Westway Trust and, before that, Vital Regeneration. She is a trustee of the London Transport Museum.

Jessica Figueras, chair of the NCT, said McConville was a "seasoned third sector leader, and the board was very impressed by her deep expertise in community building, her commercial experience and her genuine enthusiasm for NCT’s work".

McConville said: "As a proud mum of two young children, I’m really excited by the prospect of leading a truly brilliant charity that positively impacts so many parents throughout the first 1,000 days.

"NCT’s distinct ability to share knowledge, build communities, empower parents and campaign for social change resonates with me deeply. I’m looking forward to extending the reach of our work to even more communities, and to supporting many more families to build valuable knowledge and networks every year."

NCT has experienced some difficulties in recent years, including the resignation of Seána Talbot, its former president, who left 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 from £17.3m to £15.3m in the year to the end of March 2019.

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