Wilding, director of public policy and volunteering at the umbrella organisation, was announced yesterday as the successor to Sir Stuart Etherington, who is stepping down after 25 years in the role.
The announcement of his appointment gave rise to a flood of congratulatory messages on Twitter, including from the heads of other major voluntary sector bodies and a warm endorsement from Etherington himself.
Congrats @karlwilding CE @NCVO is 1 of toughest & most impt gigs in VCSE. Need strident champion of VCSE & its vital role - against a sea of critics & HMG who doesn't value us as it needs to. Look fwd to supporting him @LBFEW https://t.co/LqW1XCL9Md— Paul Streets (@PaulStreets_) June 13, 2019
Congratulations @karlwilding . Looking forward to working with you in your new role.— Michelle Mitchell (@Michelle_CRUK) June 13, 2019
nice one Karl. Look forward to working with you as CEO as much as I have in all my years at @NPCthinks . Good to have someone who thinks research matters too.— Dan Corry (@DanRCorry) June 13, 2019
Delighted to hear @karlwilding has been appointed to CEO of our sister organisation @NCVO - look forward to building on our great partnership work to-date and doing even more for the benefit of the sector across the UK! Congratulations Karl! ??— David McNeill (@David_McNeill) June 13, 2019
Well done Karl, looking forward to working with your new role— Adeela Warley (@adeelawarley) June 13, 2019
Congratulations & good luck @karlwilding - civil society needs a strong, unapologetic champion & someone who will challenge the voluntary sector’s impact & approach to our work https://t.co/A9dH6QCTSw— Age UK Campaigns (@ageukcampaigns) June 13, 2019
Right Karl. Let’s step it up. ??— Ruth Ibegbuna (@MsIbegbuna) June 13, 2019
Time for @NCVO to be WAY more radical....!!
Congratulations @karlwilding ! I'm looking forward to working with you in your new role. (Made me remember when we first met - my, how time files when you're enjoying yourself!)— Rosie Chapman (@RosieChapman1) June 13, 2019
First class hire. A worth successor. Delighted for him and the NCVO. And "our" sector.— Mark Flannagan (@MarkFlann) June 13, 2019
Really delighted the board have chosen @karlwilding as the person to follow me as chief executive. It’s time for someone new to take a fresh approach, and, believe me, I know Karl is bursting with ideas.— Stuart Etherington (@SEtherington) June 13, 2019
But a small minority of users questioned why a candidate from a more diverse background was not chosen.
You know lying isn’t my thing @karlwilding... I’m a bit sad for the sector that you’re pale and male ?? but also super pleased for you ?? You’ll continue to do excellent work for @NCVO and charities across the country ??— Lizzie Walmsley (@LizzieGWalmsley) June 13, 2019
.@karlwilding's commitment personally &professionally to role/value/importance of charities is always 100% &wish him well. *Personal view* disappointed that @ncvo didn't seize chance for conscious change given the inspiring, diverse, challenging leaders our sector is blessed with https://t.co/td093w6nt4— Duncan Shrubsole (@duncanshrubsole) June 13, 2019