ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, is delighted to announce that, after a rigorous and thoughtful process, Jane Ide OBE has been appointed as its new chief executive from 23 May, taking over from Vicky Browning who leaves on 27 May after five years in the role.
Jane has most recently headed up Creative and Cultural Skills, the charity which works to create fair and inclusive opportunities within the creative and cultural sectors. Previously she spent four years as CEO of NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) where she led the transformation of the national membership body for local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in England, and was the founding co-chair of the VCS Emergencies Partnership, created in 2018 in the wake of the Grenfell disaster and other national emergency incidents. In that role she and VCSEP colleagues were at the heart of co-ordinating the national voluntary sector response to COVID since February 2020.
Jane also played a lead role in the collaborative campaign by national voluntary sector infrastructure bodies that achieved a £750m emergency package to support charities early in the pandemic. Jane received an OBE for services to volunteering and charity in the New Year Honours List 2021. She has had previous roles in the NHS and government agencies.
Jane Ide said: “I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to lead such a fantastic membership body and to build on the legacy that Vicky has created during her time with ACEVO.
“ACEVO’s core strength is its relationship with its members and the support it provides to our sector’s leaders every single day, and I am committed to maintaining and building that strength as the foundation for all that we do in the future.
“But there is also a really exciting opportunity – and a real need – to bring voices into our membership that we don’t currently hear, and to invest our energies into developing a truly diverse generation of future leaders. ACEVO’s deep commitment to developing a fairer, more inclusive and more equitable sector is one of the many factors that drew me to the role and I believe we have the responsibility, the capability and the determination to really drive change in that area.
“I’m delighted to be working with a really committed, passionate and enthusiastic team of staff and trustees as we take ACEVO into the next chapter of its history, and I’m looking forward very much to working with colleagues in other national infrastructure bodies to continue developing a strong, collaborative and inclusive voice for the sector.”
Rosie Ferguson, ACEVO chair said: “Jane brings a wealth of experience, energy and ambition to the role of ACEVO chief exec, as well as a commitment to living our values and ensuring we continue to drive forward our agenda of promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the sector. She has leadership and communications experience in both the voluntary and public sector and a genuine commitment to delivering a valuable and impactful experience for ACEVO’s members, working alongside members and the team to imagine, inspire and improve.”
Search firm Green Park led the search for the new CEO, and Ferguson added: “My thanks to Green Park for leading a thorough search, a robust and open process. They spoke to over 300 people, and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who recommended someone or put themselves forward for the role – it was inspiring to see the leadership talent we have in our sector.”