Dr. Justin Davis-Smith

Senior Research Fellow, CASS Business School & Former CEO, Volunteering England


Dr Justin Davis Smith is Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. He has over 20 years experience in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations over the development of volunteering policy. He has been assisting the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) with the development of its 2012 volunteering strategy and is a member of the committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and an advisor to the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. Justin was a member of the Russell Commission on youth volunteering and the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, and a former chair of the Nationwide Foundation and trustee of v. He has recently been appointed to the governing body of the Economic and Social Research Council. He has written widely on volunteering and is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. In his earlier career Justin was political assistant to the Rt. Hon Sir James Callaghan MP. In 2011, Justin was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his work on behalf of volunteering and the voluntary sector. His hobbies include football and cricket and he is a season ticket holder of Watford Football Club.

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