Dear colleagues,

Here is a special update of the GLV Bulletin, including the announcement of our new CEO appointment and details of exciting opportunities to join our staff team.

We also have news on City Bridge Trust's Bridging Divides funding, our System Change event this Friday, and the Volunteer Achievement Awards 2018 from The Mayor of London.

We do hope you enjoy our ebulletins, and if there is anything you want us to include for future editions, then please get in touch.

With best wishes,
Cam, Sharon and David


A civil society hub for London


GLV appoints a new CEO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Margaret Cooney.

Margaret joins GLV at a pivotal time in the organisation’s transition toward the creation of a ‘hub for London’, a new Civil Society infrastructure body that will have Londoners’ needs at the heart of all its activities. Having previously made substantial impact with V-Inspired and The Big Lottery, Margaret brings a wealth of experience, skill and knowledge with her to this new role.

Margaret commented “I’m delighted to take up the role of being the first CEO for the hub, building on the work of both GLV and LVSC, and I am looking forward to working with the new team to build on the progress that the Way Ahead programme has already made. There are many exciting opportunities ahead to collaborate with the voluntary, statutory and business sectors and I want the hub for London to grow these so that London’s diverse communities and networks can thrive.”

GLV’s Chair, Cameron Fitzwilliam-Grey, added “I am thrilled to welcome Margaret to the GLV family and am very much looking forward to working with her. The ‘hub for London’ is really beginning to take shape now and I’m excited to see our collective vision and plans come to fruition with Margaret’s help.”


Work with us to supercharge London's civil society

The Hub for London is a new infrastructure support organisation for the region’s civil society. This new organisation will offer a range of support for charities, social action groups and community organisations among others. The hub aims to offer three key functions: information (data and intelligence on civil society across London), networking (supporting civil society engagement and collaboration) as well as a voice and influence (increasing the influence and representation of civil society in policy and regional planning). As part of this we are recruiting five new posts for the organisation. The posts are as follows:

  • Programme Manager – £45,000, full-time
  • Intelligence Coordinator – £36,000, full-time
  • Networks Partner – £36,000, full-time
  • Employment and Skills Policy Lead – £35,000, pro rata 4 days a week
  • Hub Coordinator – £28,000, full-time

The closing date for applications will be 10pm on 28 May 2018.

For more information on all the roles on offer and to apply, please see our jobs webpage here. Please also help us to spread the word by promoting these opportunities amongst your networks.


FunDING, EVENTS & Awards


City Bridge Trust - Bridging Divides

The City Bridge Trust (CBT) currently awards around £20m per year to charitable causes in London. The majority of these grants are made under their Bridging Divides scheme, which has three programmes listed below:

  • Connecting the Capital

  • Positive Transitions

  • Advice and Support

There are currently no closing dates for applications for these programmes. However, please note that those making applications in April/May may not get a decision before September as CBT's priority is to clear those applications already received under the Investing in Londoners programme.

Along with the above, CBT also run one-off grant programmes, such as their Stepping Stones Fund which offers grants to organisations looking to become investment ready.

For more details please see here.


Systems Change in Civil Society

25 May 2018, 2-4pm, Lift Islington, N1 9PW

We would like to invite you to our joint cross-sector event on 25 May, at Lift Islington, to review the role of civil society within the proposed systems change approach.

This is an opportunity to engage with civil society infrastructure partners and to inform the systems change plan moving forwards. This is a joint event being facilitated by London Funders and GLV as part of the wider work taking place on the Way Ahead.

For more information on the event and to register please click here.


  • To increase understanding on systems change approaches and the research

  • To review what systems change means for civil society

  • To explore what civil society could do more of to develop systems based thinking 


  • The Way Ahead, setting the scene – London Funders


  • Context and research – Katie Boswell NPC

  • Practice Examples

    • Rashid Iqbal - North Camden Zone

    • Paul Perkins - Save the Children 

Group discussion sessions

What does systems change mean in the context of civil society, why a systems based approach could be more successful, creating a community of practice on systems change.

For more information and to register please click here.


Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2018 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 16 July 2018.

Volunteers can be nominated across a range of categories that seek to capture the full diversity of London’s volunteering community, with awards for individual volunteers, people who volunteer in a team plus this year there is also a new ‘innovative charity or project’ category. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in the autumn.

The judges will be looking for volunteers who’ve shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who’ve given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering.

If you’ve got volunteers you’d like to recognise then follow this link for the online nomination form and more details about the awards. Good luck!