Sir Graham tipped to succeed Warner as NCVO chairman

Former Co-operative Group chief executive Sir Graham Melmoth is set to succeed Lord Warner as chairman of NCVO.

NCVO's trustee board has written to its members to recommend Melmoth's appointment and, if no objections are raised, he will be confirmed as chairman at the NCVO annual conference on 18 February 2004.

Melmoth retired as chief executive of the Co-operative Group in September 2002. He is widely credited for reforming the under-performing organisation, and he also headed off a carpet-bagger bid to take over the group in 1997. He is a member of the council of ex-offender charity Nacro, chairman of the Advisory Group on Restorative Justice and a trustee of New Lanark Conservation Trust.

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said that new developments, such as the growth in not-for-profit organisations, had created new challenges for the voluntary sector.

"I believe that Sir Graham's extensive knowledge of the co-operative movement and emerging social enterprise agenda will make him a hugely valuable leader for the NCVO," said Etherington.

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