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ICYMI: April 2022

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 services available to members.

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News from ACEVO

The board of trustees has appointed Jane Ide OBE as ACEVO’s new chief executive from 23 May. Jane has most recently headed up Creative and Cultural Skills, working to create fair and inclusive opportunities within the creative and cultural sectors. Before that, she spent four years as CEO of NAVCA, where she led the transformation of the national membership body for local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in England. Jane’s appointment follows a rigorous and thoughtful process led by search firm Green Park, which spoke to over 300 people. 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.

ACEVO, CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), ACOSVO and CO3 have teamed up once again to run our annual CEO Pay and Equalities Survey. For over 10 years, your responses to this survey have allowed us to provide the sector with a full, up-to-date picture of pay and reward for its chief executives and an understanding of diversity and equality at senior levels. Sponsored by Barclays, this report is the only one of its kind in the sector, and we can only produce it with your help. Please take 20 minutes to fill in the survey. In return, you’ll get a free copy of the report (worth nearly £60). You will also help us understand the sector’s strengths, and where it needs to get even better. The survey is open until 5pm on 5 May.

Latest resources

Last year, ACEVO teamed up with search firm Green Park to launch a guide with practical advice on designing and running a recruitment process for charity leaders. The guide provides a step by step process, from the planning phase to the post-appointment phase, and will help you to plan and prepare for common challenges. ‘Recruiting a chair, trustees, and chief executive’ is now available for free to everyone, including non-members. Read it online or download your copy now

In the latest episode of ACEVO’s Leadership Worth Sharing podcast, Vicky Browning talks to James Watson-O’Neill, chief executive of Sign Health, the Deaf health charity. They talk about the value of being different, how being a trustee can help CEOs to be better leaders, and what chief execs and actors have in common. You can find this and all previous episodes (and transcripts) on the website and main podcast platforms. 

Announced new events

We are really looking forward to welcoming members back to meeting each other at our face to face networking events. If you are based in or near Bristol, join ACEVO’s head of membership Anne Wallis on Tuesday 17 May from 3-5pm to meet and network with your peers, and share concerns, experience and advice in an informal setting. Book your place now

One of the biggest challenges of faith-based organisations is recruitment. It’s not always easy to find candidates who share your faith, and even if they do it doesn’t necessarily make them a good fit for the organisation. Join fellow leaders on Wednesday 18 May from 2-3pm to explore the opportunities and pitfalls of recruiting into faith-based organisations.

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