NAVCA's chair stands down after 7 months


John Tizard has stepped down as chair of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (Navca), seven months after taking up the position.

Tizard is stepping down this week to enable him to be more forthright in his commentating, political and campaigning activities.

He said it had been a “privilege” to be involved with Navca for almost nine years, first as a trustee from 2010 to 2016, then as an honorary adviser, before becoming chair last December.

But Tizard said that now he has stood down he will be able to offer more support and further challenge in other ways.

He said: Over the last six months, I have visited over 25 Navca members and met many others. Each time, I have consistently been impressed by their commitment their impact, and their willingness to change. I have come away from these visits, further convinced of the need not only to argue the case for local infrastructure with still greater vigour, but also and more fundamentally to promote social justice and equality, and radically challenge the structural and policy barriers to equality, fairness and opportunity; and sometimes to challenge and nudge the sector too.

Navca’s board of trustees are now undertaking a process of recruiting a new chair.

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