Tory lord is new NCVO president

Conservative peer Lord Hodgson has been named the new president of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He takes over from fellow Conservative peer Baroness Rawlings, whose five-year term has come to an end.


Hodgson has sat in the Lords since 2000 and was a front bench spokesman on home affairs from 2002 to 2006. He was deputy chair of the Conservatives between 1997 and 2000 and was the MP for Walsall North between 1976 and 1979. He has also had an extensive business career.

“I have always believed that voluntary organisations make a unique contribution to the social fabric of Britain,” said Hodgson. “This belief was reinforced by my work on the Charities Act 2006 during its passage through Parliament.”

Hodgson’s appointment was made at the NCVO’s AGM on Wednesday, at which a new governance structure was approved that will make the president’s role into a purely ambassadorial one.

Graham Melmoth, chair of the NCVO, will now fulfil constitutional functions such as chairing the AGM. The new structure will also see the reduction of the board from 40 members to 12 and the creation of a members’ assembly to act as a forum for debate.

Melmoth said: “We believe that this will enhance the NCVO’s ability to play its part in developing the effectiveness of the voluntary and community sector and civil society."

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