Jane Ide, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, has received an OBE for services to volunteering and charity in the New Year Honours List 2021.
The honour recognises Jane’s work in the voluntary sector since she was appointed CEO of NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) in 2017.
She led the transformation of the national membership body for local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in England, and was the founding co-chair of the VCS Emergencies Partnership, created in 2018 in the wake of the Grenfell disaster and other national emergency incidents. In that role she and VCSEP colleagues have been at the heart of co-ordinating the national voluntary sector response to COVID since February 2020.
Jane also played a lead role in the collaborative campaign by national voluntary sector infrastructure bodies that achieved a £750m emergency package to support charities early in the pandemic.
Jane was appointed CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills in November 2020.
Donald Hyslop, Chair of Trustees at Creative & Cultural Skills, and Head of Community at Tate Modern said:
“In this most difficult of years it is a pleasure to have some good news to celebrate. It is important that the huge role that the voluntary sector plays in our society through the bad and the good times is recognised. Jane has epitomised all that is good about this work through her leadership with NAVCA, in representing its membership and in shaping national responses to the challenges we face.
“Her leadership of CC Skills will be crucial going forward as we put young people, culture and creativity centre stage in shaping and leading our recovery from recent events.”
Judy Robinson, Chair of Trustees at NAVCA, said:
“Congratulations to Jane! This award recognises Jane's hard work alongside that of NAVCA members during COVID. This work brought together volunteers and vulnerable people so they received support and care. It was all about organised kindness and it showed how local infrastructure really is at the heart of voluntary and community action.
“It’s also a testament to the passion and dedication which Jane has brought to her roles in the voluntary and community sector, as CEO of NAVCA and more recently at Creative & Cultural Skills.”