Press release

National Centre for Social Research appoints new Trustee to its Board

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has strengthened its Board with the appointment of new Trustee, John Mohan.
  • Publishing date:
    18 May 2023

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has strengthened its Board with the appointment of new Trustee, John Mohan. NatCen's Board of Trustees support the organisation in the delivery of its strategic plans and development to carry out high quality, independent social research to improve society. 

John Mohan helped establish the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) in 2008 and is now its Director. TSRC works on the resources, roles and relationships of third sector organisations, and the impacts and distinctive contributions these organisations make. Its aim has been to work closely with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics to develop its research programmes and explore the relevance of findings for policy and practice. 

John is also Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. His research interests span social geography, health policy and the role and contribution of the voluntary sector. In recent years, John's expertise has led to his involvement in advisory roles with the work of governmental departments, infrastructure bodies for the voluntary sector and national and regional funders of the third sector. 

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of NatCen's Board of Trustees says: “John is a natural addition to NatCen’s Board of Trustees as the organisation focuses on building its expertise into new areas of cross-cutting research topics and methods. We are pleased to continue adding to the depth of knowledge and experience on the Board and welcome John’s enthusiasm for championing research excellence and strengthening NatCen’s evidence base.”

John Mohan, NatCen Trustee and Director at Third Sector Research Centre says: “I’ve always had great admiration for the rigorous and influential work of the National Centre for Social Research and have drawn on their findings and research data extensively in my research and teaching. I’m therefore honoured to have been appointed as a Trustee and I am very much looking forward to contributing to NatCen’s future development”.



For more information please contact:

Emileigh Spurdens, Communications Manager
National Centre for Social Research
t: 0207 549 8506 e:

Notes to editors:

  1. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Britain’s largest independent social research organisation, aims to promote a better-informed society through high quality social research (
  2. NatCen’s Making Life Better Strategy can be found at