Justin Davis-Smith

Senior Research Fellow, Cass Business School


Justin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England, Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research and Executive Director of Volunteering at NCVO. He has over 20 years in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy. He wrote the volunteering strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has published numerous articles and books on volunteering and the voluntary sector. He is a member of the awards committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a trustee of the Watford Football Club Community Foundation, and an advisor to the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme. He was a founder trustee of the youth volunteering charity, vinspired, and the Olympic volunteering legacy charity, Join In, and a previous chair of the Nationwide Foundation. He served on the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council from 2012-2015. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his work on behalf of volunteering and the voluntary sector. He is currently writing the official history of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations to coincide with their centenary celebrations in 2019. Justin is married and enjoys walking, reading and sport in his spare time.

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