Sir Stuart Etherington has been Chief Executive of the NCVO since 1994. Previously, he led the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, and an IES Honorary Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Cumberland Lodge. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, Chair and Treasurer of CIVICUS Europe, a Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative.

In 2010, Stuart was knighted for his services to the voluntary sector.