Who we are

Third Sector Foresight is an initiative of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

NCVO is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector. This is a sector with the power to transform the lives of people and communities for the better. We work to support the voluntary and community sector and to create an environment in which voluntary organisations can flourish.

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NCVO Third Sector Foresight helps voluntary and community organisations create effective plans with strategic insight and planning tools.

Our vision is of a civil society in which all organisations understand how the world is changing around them, feel confident about how changes will impact on their organisation and feel empowered to respond through better planning and decision-making.

Key people

Image of Megan Griffith Gray NCVO Third Sector Foresight is led by Megan Griffith Gray

Megan joined NCVO in 2003, and Third Sector Foresight in 2004. She is the lead author of the annual publication Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis, an analysis of the changing operating environment and strategic drivers for UK voluntary organisations, and other publications including ICT Foresight: how onlinecommunities can make the net work for the VCS. She is joint author (with Caroline Copeman) of Looking out:how to make sense of your organisation's environment.

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Image Kathryn Cook Kathryn Cook is our Foresight Development Officer

Kathryn joined NCVO in 2008 and formerly led on marketing and communications as well as organising our series of conferences and seminars.

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Image of Sarah Coombes Sarah Coombes is a Third Sector Foresight Officer

Sarah joined NCVO in 2008. Sarah will be delivering training to umbrella and infrastructure organisations as part of the National Support Service on responding to social change. Sarah will also be leading Third Sector Foresight projects within specialist sectors.

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Jess Farr Jess Farr is the Marketing and Events Assistant for Foresight

Jess joined NCVO in 2010, and runs events for Foresight, as well as helping out with marketing and other communications like our monthly bulletin.

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Nick Wilson Young Nick Wilson Young is a Third Sector Foresight Officer

Nick joined NCVO in 2009, from Conscience. Nick will be delivering training to umbrella and infrastructure organisations as part of the National Support Service on responding to social change. Nick will also be leading Third Sector Foresight projects within specialist sectors.

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Caroline Copeman is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School, City University, one of our partners in the National Support Service on responding to social change. Caroline is the lead author of our highly regarded strategic planning toolkit, Tools for Tomorrow, our guide to scenario planning, Picture This, and our guide to strategic analysis, Looking out: how to make sense of your organisation's environment.

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Mark Crowe is Head of Development at Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum, one of our partners in the National Support Service on responding to social change.

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Sarah Gilbert is a Strategy and Impact Adviser at NCVO. She works as part of a team providing consultancy, one-to-one support and advice on topics like strategic thinking and planning and, impact monitoring and reporting including involving users. Before joining the Strategy and Impact team, Sarah spent 3 years in the Campaigning Effectiveness team at NCVO where she set up and managed research and development.

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Véronique Jochum is a Research Officer at NCVO and is Third Sector Foresight's expert on social trends.

Véronique joined NCVO in 2002 and leads the research team’s work on voluntary action, participation and active citizenship. Véronique is co-author of the annual Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis. Other recent publications include: Faith and voluntary action: an overview of current evidence and debates and Civil renewal andactive citizenship: a guide to the debate.

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Karl Wilding is NCVO’s Head of Research and is one of Third Sector Foresight’s main contributors.

Karl joined NCVO in 1998 to work on the Almanac programme, taking over as Head of Research in 2001. His research interests include mapping the changing third sector economy, and ICT and its implications for voluntary action. He is a trustee of the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) and an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School in London.

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Previous staff

Katherine Hudson was a Research Development Officer for Foresight.

Katherine led on the Future of Membership Project which was a joint NCVO Foresight and Research project. She joined us from the RSA, a lead partner in the Future of Membership project.

Natalie Williams was a Third Sector Foresight Officer.

She now works for Community Development Foundation. Natalie was a founding member of NCVO Third Sector Foresight, along with Megan. She worked in the Foresight team for three years. She was the lead author of our Future Focus series of pocket guides to drivers and Advice in the future: scenarios and issues for the future of the advice sector, as well as joint author of the 'The Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis 08-09'.

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Caroline Bennett was a Third Sector Foresight Officer. She joined in 2008 and left in April 2009.

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Our funders

NCVO Third Sector Foresight is funded from 2008-2010 by:

We continue to be thankful for previous support from:

If you are interested in finding out about ways to support our work, email us.

Last updated at 16:35 Tue 26/Oct/10.