As well as fulfilling a governance and oversight role, ACEVO’s trustees agree the strategy and priorities of the association. The board meets four times per year, plus a strategic planning day. Board members may also lead or participate in committees dealing with specific aspects of ACEVO’s activities, and act as ambassadors for ACEVO. We have three available trustee positions for election ahead of the 2013 AGM.
We have three available trustee positions and nine nominations. Each full member is entitled to vote for three nominees. Only one ballot can be submitted per member. Results of the ballot will be announced at the AGM.
Nominee: Lesley-Anne Alexander, RNIB
Member since: 2004
Proposer: Virginia Beardshaw, ICAN
Seconder: Diana Kingdon, Green Oak
Bio: Lesley-Anne has led and supported ACEVO as Chair for the past 4 years, developing a strong Board nd staff team . At a time of real challenge for sector CEOs we need strong leadership and Lesley Anne is prepared to speak out for Chief Executives and speak truth to power.
Lesley-Anne was appointed as CEO for RNIB in January 2004. She has always worked in the Public and Voluntary sectors, in housing and in local government.
She is best known for her leadership of RNIB where she has been instrumental in trying to rationalise and modernise the sight loss sector with innovations such as creating the RNIB Group of charities and the development of the UK Vision Strategy. She is seen as a doughty defender of the sector but also as a protagonist for change.
When the voluntary sector and beneficiaries face such difficulties her role in acevo is as important as ever.
Nominee: Tracey Bleakley, Personal Finance Education Group
Member since: 2012
Proposer: Sandra Schembri, The house of St Barnabas
Seconder: Elise Ormerod, The British Association of Psychotherapists
Bio: Tracey is the Chief Executive of pfeg, working towards a world where all young people gain skills, knowledge and confidence to manage money well now and in the future. Prior to this she spent 3 years as UK Director at MEND, tackling obesity in children and families.
Tracey has served on the public Board of Network Rail and on the Board of a membership based not for profit group providing training, conferences and networking to 23,000 members. Through a career spanning engineering, thirteen years in management consultancy and latterly the third sector she has combined entrepreneurship with the ability to articulate and deliver against a compelling vision through motivational leadership.
This is underpinned by a mechanical and electrical engineering degree, an MBA, CIMA accounting qualifications and post graduate qualifications in International and Social Policy. Tracey is a school governor and a fellow of the RSA.
Nominee: Elaine Clowes, Children’s Links
Member since: 2004
Proposer: Keith Best, Freedom from Torture (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture)
Seconder: David Wilson, Robert Owens Communities
Bio: I have been CEO of Children’s Links, a national children’s services charity based in the East Midlands for 18 years. I am a Chartered Director and an IOD Professional Interviews. I have two years experience as an Executive in Housing Association, nine years as a civil servant and several years in the private sector. I have been a Director on six very different Boards from a County based, third sector umbrella body to being a Director and Chair of Skills Active, a UK wide sector skills council for seven years. As a member of ACEVO for around 12 years I supported the first developments of regional groups, and the work to develop a code of contact. Also a founder member of the Home Office VCS Advisory Group set up to oversee the FutureBuilders programme initially.
In my spare time I Volunteer as a LIVES First Responder and an Event First Aider.
Nominee: Emma-Jane Cross, Beat Bullying
Member since: 2007
Proposer: Simon Blake OBE, Brook
Seconder: Mark Lever, National Autistic Society
Bio: Emma-Jane is founder and CEO of The BeatBullying Group, a proud charity sector geek, serial ‘starter-up-er’, social entrepreneur (sort of) and a strong believer and advocate of technology for social good.
The BeatBullying Group comprises BeatBullying, a bullying prevention charity working on the ground in 8 European countries; CyberMentors, which provides young people from across the world with online peer support, professional counselling and intervention which empowers them to stop being bullied or stops them bullying; FutureYou, a UK-based online peer mentoring programme and a community support network of experts for 14-25-year-olds not in education, employment or training; MindFull, which provides young people with online peer support and professional counselling for positive well-being and mental health and We Are Cosmo; a community interest company, which develops and builds wrap-around(proprietary) social action technology which it sells and donates to Third Sector and commercial organisations.
Charity Principal of the Year (Charity Awards 2009), Emma-Jane, is a Trustee of Skills Third Sector and a former Trustee of the Hansard Society.
Nominee: Jim Gardner, Kent Union
Member since: 2006
Proposer: Jane Slowey, Foyer Foundation
Seconder: Richard Hawkes, Scope
Bio: I have over 20 years experience working the Third Sector, with 11 as Chief Executive; during that time I have serviced a Chief Executive of three separate charities. I have also served of the Boards of 4 organisations, including as Chair, Deputy Chair and, most recently, as Treasurer of the national charity, Skills Third Sector. I have been a member of ACEVO for 3 years and would greatly welcome the opportunity to get more involved in this wonderful organization that does so much to support third sector organisations.
Nominee: Joe Irvin, NAVCA
Member since: 2012
Proposer: Mark Lever, National Autism Society
Seconder, Paul Martin, LGF
Bio: Joe Irvin is Chief Executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action. NAVCA champions and strengthens community action by supporting its members in their work with over 160,000 local groups. Joe is especially interested in supporting good practice, raising standards and stimulating effective leadership among small and medium-sized voluntary organisation.
Joe’s experience spans the public, private and voluntary sectors. Joe worked in the No10 policy unit and as adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. He was Director of Policy and Education at the TGWU. He served as the RSPB’s Director of Parliamentary Affairs and also as Director of Public Affairs for BAA. Joe’s community activity covers a wide range - from serving as a school governor and running a sports club, to setting up a centre for unemployed people and national advisory roles in APEX Trust and the Child Poverty Action Group.
Nominee: Dr Kate Reynolds, Learning Plus UK
Member since: 2010
Proposer: Sahdia Warrich, The Forum for Health and Wellbeing
Seconder: Zoe Gray. Learning Links
Bio: Over 20 years experience in public, private and third sector operating at Board level both as a senior leader and as a Board member. Particular interests in learning, development and strategic planning and making Boards work well.
Active in ACEVO on Women’s Chief Executive and Education and Children Special Interest Groups.
Current role as Chief Executive at Learning Plus UK, a not for profit supporting education leaders to understand data. I’ve led the organization from a grant-aid to a commercially sustainable organization.
Keen to ensure ACEVO represents the views of its members at the highest national level and supports them through these turbulent times. Committed to more actively involving the membership and making sure your views are heard and to make sure the Board fully reflects the members.
Nominee: Srabani Sen, Contact a Family
Member since: 2008
Proposer: Mark Lever – National Autistic Society
Seconder: Virginia Beardshaw - ICAN
Bio: Srabani is passionate about the voluntary sector, and about ensuring that it is strengthened in these turbulent times. Chief Executive of Contact a Family since 2008, she has been an ACEVO Board member since 2009 and remains keen to ensure that ACEVO meets the needs of the full range of organisations across the voluntary sector. She chairs the Every Disabled Child Matters alliance; is a member of the government’s National Advisory Group to government on children with additional needs; is a board member of the Department for Education’s Strategic Partnership on Special Educational Needs; and is a co-ordinating committee member of End Child Poverty. Last year Srabani was a commissioner on the Big Society Commission. Srabani’s professional background is in strategic communications and campaigning, and she has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Contact a Family, Srabani was Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern
Nominee: Theodore Spyrou, Helplines Partnership
Member Since: 2006
Proposer: Liz Felton, Together
Seconder: Peter Calderbank, BSS
Bio: I am Chief Executive of a membership organization, formed from the merger of Mental Health Helplines Partnership and The helplines Association. We represent 460 Charities that provide helpline services through a variety of communication channels from telephone, email, SMS text messaging to live webchats. I am also a visiting Lecturer at CASS Business School, Centre for Charity Effectivness and have in the past served on the Board of ACEVO and chaired the young CEO’s SIG. I strongly believe in a vibrant and engaged wider civil society, which stems from outstanding leadership and see this opportunity to return to the ACEVO Board as a positive way to contribute my knowledge and skills in taking ACEVO forward.