NAVCA Chief Executive to retire

NAVCA has today announced the retirement of its Chief Executive, Neil Cleeveley, after 14 years at NAVCA, and the appointment of Jane Ide as his successor. Jane is currently Head of Member Engagement at NAVCA, having previously held senior and Board level posts in the NHS, Civil Service and private sector.

Neil joined NAVCA (then NACVS) in 2003 as Head of Policy, and took over as Chief Executive in 2014. Prior to joining NAVCA he worked for the TUC after a long career in ICT as a systems programmer, consultant and manager. He was also a councillor in Haringey for 10 years

Caroline Schwaller, Chair of NAVCA, said;

“Neil’s contribution to NAVCA and the movement has been considerable throughout his time here; his knowledge of the policy environment alongside his commitment to the membership and the movement will be sorely missed.  I will be sad to see Neil go after his fourteen successful years here, most recently leading NAVCA’s transformation and everyone at NAVCA wishes him a long and very happy retirement.”

"We are delighted to have been able to appoint his successor from within our current staff, which will ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the organisation. Jane brings a range of experience from elsewhere which combines well with her recent work at NAVCA.  I and the Trustee Board look forward to working closely with Jane to build on Neil's legacy for the benefit of our members, our stakeholders and our staff."

Neil Cleeveley said:

“It has been my privilege to, work alongside some wonderful people here at NAVCA and right across our movement. Our members do amazing things in their communities, often with limited resources. They are the bedrock of social action in England and I will miss the day to day contact with them, but I am ready for a change."

Jane Ide said:

“I'm delighted to be taking up this opportunity and am looking forward very much to working closely with our members and our stakeholders to actively represent the interests of infrastructure across England and to support a vibrant, impactful movement for social action. I’m particularly grateful to Neil for his ongoing support and commitment in ensuring a smooth transition before taking his very well deserved retirement.”

Neil and Jane will work alongside each other in a managed transition period until Neil retires on 31 August.