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Sir Stuart Etherington appointed as NatCen’s Chair of Trustees

THE National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has appointed Sir Stuart Etherington as its Chair of Trustees.

Sir Stuart, the former Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), will take up his role in February 2021 when Sir Robert Burgess retires at the end of his maximum tenure as NatCen’s Chair of Trustees.

Sir Stuart was Chief Executive of the NCVO for 25 years and was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector. He is currently Chair of The Oversight Trust and was formerly Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), Chair of London United and Chair of The Patron’s Fund.

Sir Stuart’s appointment follows a competitive search process led by NatCen’s Board of Trustees and involving a specialist recruitment agency.

James Thickett, Deputy Chair of Trustees at NatCen, said:

 “Sir Stuart has an outstanding record of achievement over a long and varied career. We are thrilled that we will be able to benefit from his wisdom, energy and strategic vision in taking NatCen forward to the next level.”

Commenting on his appointment, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

“I am delighted to be joining NatCen as Chair of Trustees. It has such a crucial part to play in collecting, analysing and disseminating the evidence needed to inform policymakers as they face a range of future challenges including the effects of the pandemic, the “levelling up” agenda, the post-Brexit transition and climate change. There cannot be a better time to be involved with social research.”

Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of NatCen, said: 

“This is an exciting appointment for everyone at NatCen. We have enjoyed much success in recent years but there is still so much more for our charity to achieve as the independent voice at the heart of the big debates around our society in the 2020s. Sir Stuart’s appointment reflects these ambitions and I very much look forward to working with him.”

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