2nd October 2018

After an open nomination process and a vote by members, NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) has announced John Tizard as its Chair Elect from December 2018.

John Tizard, a former NAVCA Trustee and honorary advisor to the Board will take up his position as Chair at NAVCA’s AGM when NAVCA’s current Chair, Caroline Schwaller retires at the end of six years’ term of office.

Over 40% of the NAVCA membership took part in the vote, nearly double the turnout of the previous election in 2015. The other candidate was Rita Chadha, Chair of Barking and Dagenham CVS.

Caroline said, “My hearty congratulations to John; he is well known to NAVCA members and to our Board of Trustees, and has been a passionate advocate for us and our members for many years.

“I know he will bring his considerable expertise and experience to bear for the benefit of our organisation, our members and above all for the communities that we are all here to serve and support.

“The election process this year has demonstrated that NAVCA has more engagement with its members and I’m really pleased to see the improved voting turnout this year. I’d like to thank both candidates for putting their names forward for this role at a vital, challenging but exciting point in NAVCA’s history.”

John commented, “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to chair NAVCA and be part of our wider movement of community social action.

“Community social action is more essential today than ever. It drives change, offers hope and delivers practical outcomes for communities. It requires a vibrant local VCS supported by strong local infrastructure bodies, which in turn benefit from an effective national infrastructure body. That is NAVCA’s role.

“As Chair I want NAVCA proactively to support our movement, offer national leadership and enable mutual support across the movement. We must fearlessly champion local infrastructure, and campaign for social justice and equality, and to end austerity.

“I am very much looking forward to working with and supporting NAVCA members, the Board, our Chief Executive Jane and all the team, and to visiting members.

“Caroline Schwaller has been an incredible Chair over the last six years. Under her chairing NAVCA has secured its future. NAVCA, our members and the wider movement owe her a huge vote of thanks.”

John was a NAVCA trustee from 2010 to 2016, and was vice chair twice in that period; he was then honorary advisor to the NAVCA board from 2016 to 2018.

He has worked at a senior level in the VCS and business sectors, has been a leader of a county council and has significant experience of being a trustee and chair in the VCS and public sectors. He is also a regular commentator on public services, governance and the VCS and is a strategic adviser working with the VCS, business and public sectors in the UK and internationally.

NAVCA’s AGM will be held on 6th December 2018 in Sheffield as part of our two day conference ‘Forging Community’. For more information and to book tickets, please go to or contact for more information.