Wendy is the former Chief Executive Officer for Volunteer Now and has worked within the voluntary & community sector for over 25 years. She is a past chairperson of CO3 (Chief Officers Third Sector) and joint chairperson of the Voluntary & Community Sector and Government Joint Forum. In 1998 Wendy attended the Federal Executive Institute in Virginia, USA and completed their Leadership for a Democratic Society Programme. Over the years she has represented the voluntary & community sector and volunteering on a number of strategic groups, for example, she was a member of the UK London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Advisory Group for volunteering and a member of the DCAL NI 2012 Leadership Group. Previously in 2010 Wendy was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort and has led on the development of a Global Network of National Volunteer Centres. For ten years (2002-2012) Wendy served as a Board member for the National Museums of Northern Ireland. In 2001 Wendy was awarded the OBE for services to volunteering.