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Our people

The real strength of Royal Voluntary Service is our people.  We have more than 20,000 volunteers and 1,250 employees who help make communities stronger and help relieve the pressure on the NHS.

Leadership team

Royal Voluntary Service is managed by a team of Directors led by the Chief Executive. Together, they advise the Board of Trustees on strategy matters and are responsible for making key operational decisions for the charity.

You can find out more about our leadership team by clicking on their names below.

Catherine Johnstone CBE

Catherine Johnstone CBE

Chief Executive

John Clark

John Clark

Executive Director of Finance and Company Secretary

Rebecca Kennelly

Rebecca Kennelly

Director of Volunteering

Fiona Longhurst

Fiona Longhurst

Director of Communications, Marketing and Fundraising

Catherine Nightingale

Catherine Nightingale

Head of Governance

Mark Olliver

Mark Olliver

Director of Retail and Property

Sam Ward

Sam Ward

Director of Commissioned Services

Board of Trustees

The trustees provide leadership and strategic direction for Royal Voluntary Service and work closely with the Chief Executive and her team of executive directors who implement the strategy. The Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers (all unpaid) who come from varied backgrounds and bring with them a mix of skills and experiences.

The trustees have legal responsibility to ensure Royal Voluntary Service resources are properly managed and are used only for the legal purposes of the charity.

The Board of Trustees has a maximum membership of 12.  Each trustee can serve for a maximum of two terms of three years.

Find out more by clicking on their names below.

Rosemary Brook

Rosemary Brook

Trustee

Ian Cranna

Ian Cranna

Trustee

Fiona Joyce

Fiona Joyce

Trustee

Tracey McNeill

Tracey McNeill

Trustee

Andrew Moys

Andrew Moys

Trustee

June Mulroy MBE

June Mulroy MBE

Trustee

David Rose

David Rose

Trustee

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Trustee

The Board of Trustees is supported by four sub-committees:

Nominations

The Nominations Committee meets to review the structure, size and composition of the Board of Trustees and make recommendations on any changes and succession planning issues.

Audit & Risk

The Audit and Risk Committee meets to consider reports from both external and internal auditors regarding the internal financial control systems, risk management processes, financial reporting and the annual financial statements.

Finance & Investment

The Finance and Investment Committee meets to consider and make recommendations on financial budgets, forecasts and performance. It also monitors capital expenditure and oversees the performance of the Royal Voluntary Service investment portfolio.

Remuneration
The Remuneration Committee meets to review the performance and remuneration of the Chief Executive and the executive directors.

Our Remuneration Committee is constituted by three of our trustees and acts in accordance with its own terms of reference to consider, amongst other things, setting remuneration for the Chief Executive and the Executive Directors. Whilst the Remuneration Committee has power to make recommendation on proposed remuneration it is the Trustees who retain responsibility for setting and approving remuneration in accordance with the charity’s governing document. Before making a recommendation to the Trustees the Remuneration Committee considers a wide variety of factors which may include:

  • the demands of the charity’s business plan and strategic direction from time to time;
  • the importance of attracting and retaining suitably skilled, experienced and motivated employees at the highest level;
  • the ability of those employees to lead the charity and it’s volunteers in delivering the charity’s objectives;
  • the importance to the charity of achieving its aims in line with the charity’s values, the needs of its beneficiaries and it’s volunteers;
  • the need to balance the charity’s ability to pay any proposed remuneration with the need to deliver its charitable objectives and to develop the charity for future success.

It may also take into account external independent reference works and remuneration details published by other organisations from which comparable information may be drawn in reaching a conclusion on what might represent a fair and reasonable remuneration package.


Catherine Johnstone CBE
John Clark
Job title
Chief Executive
Executive Director of Finance and Company Secretary
Basic pay 2018/19 £136,500 £111,650
Basic pay 2017/18
£136,500
£111,650
Basic pay 2016/17 Not in post £110,000
Basic pay 2015/16
Not in post
£110,000
Other benefits
Car allowance
Car allowance and private healthcare
Pension as % of pay
10.5
10.5

The approximate ratio of highest basic pay to lowest basic pay is 10:1 reflecting the size of the organisation and assuming a 35 hour working week.