Promotion for Davis Smith

Justin Davis Smith has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of Volunteering England, following his period as interim head in the wake of Christopher Spence's retirement last October.

Davis Smith: permanent position
Davis Smith: permanent position
Davis Smith, who was chosen after an open application process, said he wanted to make sure Volunteering England took full advantage of current political interest in volunteering.

“It is very exciting to be at the centre of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to embed volunteering within society,” he said. “Volunteering faces many challenges in the years ahead, including taking forward the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and ensuring a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games, and we are committed to working with other agencies to maximise our influence on public policy.”

He said it was important for Volunteering England to assert its independence from government. “To that end, we will boost the policy and campaigning functions within the organisation and increase our earned and non-governmental sources of income," he said.

Dr Mike Nussbaum, chair of Volunteering England, said: “This is volunteering's moment in the spotlight, and I am delighted that Justin will be leading Volunteering England as it works to create a society in which the potential and passion of people to transform lives and communities through volunteering is fully realised.”

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