Following its merger with Volunteering England, Dr Justin Davis Smith was appointed Executive Director, Volunteering and Development at NCVO. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. 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 worked with the government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) with the development of the 2012 volunteering strategy and has recently joined the board of Join-In to help deliver a lasting volunteering legacy from the Games. He is a member of the committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an advisor to the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and on the governing body of the Economic and Social Research Council.
He was a member of the Russell Commission on youth volunteering and the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, and a former chair of the Nationwide Foundation and trustee of v. He has written widely on volunteering and is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. He joined the Board of Watford FC's Community Sports and Education Trust in January 2013.
In his earlier career Justin was political assistant to the Rt. Hon Sir James Callaghan MP. 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. His hobbies include football and cricket and he is a season ticket holder of Watford Football Club.