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ICYMI: January 2020

In case you missed it is a monthly round-up of what we have been up to at ACEVO. Communications Officer Heloisa Righetto shares links to recently published content, newly launched events and interesting discussions taking place on social media.

Latest resources

Most of our member briefings are created when we notice that our members are using our support services to tackle a specific issue. Recently, we have noticed a rise in the number of members contacting ACEVO’s advice lines with questions or concerns about issues relating to management. In response, we put together a member briefing with a list of resources that provide advice and support to deal with the management side of the job. Available for members, click here to read.

Our latest publication, Look before you leap (free for members, £12 for non-members), also draws from examples of newly appointed CEOs who get their feet under the desk only to find that all is not as it had seemed. In this guide, social sector leaders will find advice and practical tips for due diligence before accepting a new role.

Announced new events

On 20 May, Henry Stewart from Happy Ltd will lead a full-day workshop in London to help social sector leaders be productive, not busy. The session is open to members and non-members and will give you a set of practical ideas for you to solve email overload, get focused, make your meetings productive and play to your strengths.

And on 28 April, at our London & South East CEO forum (members only), Peter Gilheany from Forster Communications will talk about leading under pressure. It will be an interactive crisis communications session, in which participants will be faced with a real-life scenario and determine what they would do next, without knowing what might happen as a result of their decision.

From our members

January also saw the first meeting of the year for the Women in Leadership special interest group. Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK CEO, was the guest speaker, and in this blog she writes about why it is important for her to support women in leadership. One of the attendees, Michelle Hill (Talk Listen Change CEO), also wrote a blog, sharing some of her key takeaways from the event.

Sonya Chowdhury, Action for M.E. CEO, wrote about the lessons she learnt from experiencing cyber attacks – something we tend to assume could happen to others but not at our organisations.

Inside ACEVO

We kick-started 2020 with new computers and a new IT provider. The team is quickly getting used to the new systems and making the most of the digital upgrade.

In January we also welcomed a new team member, Marlene Cursoux. Marlene is ACEVO’s corporate partnerships executive and will provide day to day management of the portfolio of ACEVO’s corporate partners and maximise the potential of these relationships. 

Next month

February will start with a Twitter takeover: to mark the beginning of the LGBT History Month, Rupert Abbott from GiveOut will be posting about the importance of this celebration as well as the work he does at the organisation. There will be another takeover to wrap up the month, on 28 February, with Pip Gardner from The Kite Trust.

See you in February!


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