Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) has appointed Justin Davis Smith as a new senior research fellow with a focus on volunteering research and teaching.
Justin Davis Smith joins from NCVO where he was Executive Director of Volunteering and Development for the past three years, following its merger with Volunteering England in 2013.
Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Justin has over 20 years’ experience in the volunteering movement and he has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy.
Commenting on his new role, Justin Davis Smith said: “I am delighted to be joining Cass CCE as a new senior research fellow with a focus on volunteering research and teaching. Three years on from the merger with Volunteering England I am taking up this exciting new opportunity with a strong sense that volunteering is in safe hands within NCVO. It is a key element of the organisation’s five year strategic plan and is increasingly well embedded within its policy, research, training and good practice work.
“I will not be breaking ties with NCVO completely and will continue to offer high level strategic advice on volunteering. But after two decades working within voluntary organisations, I am relishing the opportunity of using my experience in my new role at Cass to undertake research and develop new thinking on voluntary action and to support leadership development within the sector.”
Professor Paul Palmer, Director, Cass CCE said: “Justin is a fantastic addition to our team at Cass CCE. He has pioneered our understanding of volunteer management over the last twenty years. He has not only been at the forefront of developing an academic body of knowledge but also in applying that knowledge into practice. We are delighted to welcome him.
“Justin will add his specialism into our work streams through our Masters and executive programmes, as well as using our international network to disseminate and knowledge exchange through his research.
“Additionally, the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness and NCVO are to work together on a broader agreement that will outline mutual work areas and further possibilities for partnership working in research and good practice on a range of sector issues.”
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations said: “Justin has made a major contribution to NCVO. His skill and leadership in effecting Volunteering England’s merger with NCVO secured a sustainable future for its important volunteering policy and support work. I am very pleased that we will continue to have the benefit of his enormous expertise.
“We are partly funding this new role. We wanted to ensure that NCVO continues to have outstanding high-level counsel on volunteering matters. Justin is the country’s leading authority on volunteering and he is ideally placed to fulfil what is effectively a dual role, advising NCVO and taking forward a new stream of volunteering research at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness,
“This role at Cass will ensure that awareness of volunteering matters and volunteering good practice is at the forefront of the minds of future charity leaders.”