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Speaker Biography

Dr Justin Davis Smith

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 advisory committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. 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. 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. Justin’s hobbies include football and cricket and he is a season ticket holder of Watford Football Club.


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