Charities Uncovered – Sir Stuart Etherington

20th May 2019

Prepare to be taken on a journey of discovery by one of the UK’s leading third sector professionals: Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and NCL Member.

Join us for drinks and canapés to learn more from this charity expert, delivering thought-provoking wisdom, amusing anecdotes and revealing the issues facing charities in the future.

Sir Stuart will take us back through the past few decades, discussing the changes we have encountered in the UK under New Labour and Coalition governments. He will tell us what this has meant for charities and their communities – the good, the bad and the ugly – before moving onto the current situation and what the future holds for fundraising.

Expect humorous insights into who, what, why, where and when – and more than a few eye-openers …

Sir Stuart was appointed Chief Executive of NCVO in 1994. NCVO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies. It has over 14,000 member organisations.

Previously he was Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.

Sir Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union. He was Chair of the Trustees of the Patron’s Fund and Chaired a cross-party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising. He is also an IES Honorary Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Cumberland Lodge. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of London United, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former Chair of Guidestar UK, Chair of CIVICUS Europe, Treasurer of CIVICUS, a global civil society organisation Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative. Sir Stuart was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.


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NLC Dress Code is jacket and tie for men and smart casual for women (no jeans and trainers).




6:30 pm - 8:15 pm


National Liberal Club
1 Whitehall Place


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