Duncan Tree- Head of Policy

Volunteering Matters is delighted that Duncan Tree, our Head of Policy and Performance, has been recognised with an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has been given the award for services to health and social care. 

Duncan has more than 27 years experience in both the public and voluntary sectors at national and local levels, and has a particular interest in the development and implementation of health and social care policy.

Duncan said: “I’m completely humbled by this award. The last time my name went into an honours book was when I snatched first place in the senior boys’ cross-country at Ringmer School in 1979. I consider myself both fortunate and privileged to have worked for and with some truly inspirational and values driven people during my career in the public and voluntary sectors. I am grateful to them all and this MBE is as much a reflection on them and the principles that they stand for as anything I have done.”

Volunteering Matters’ Chief Executive Oonagh Aitken added, “We are very proud of Duncan, not just for this well deserved award, but for his clear dedication and passion for improving health and social care in the UK, and thus the lives of so many people.”

Duncan joined Volunteering Matters (then CSV) from the Local Government Association in 2004, where he had been Senior Policy Adviser for Social Affairs and Health. He began his career in East Sussex Social Services and has also worked for West Sussex County Council, the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA) and the Association of County Councils.