Jane joined ACEVO in May 2022, and previously 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. She has leadership and communications experience in both the voluntary and public sectors and a genuine commitment to delivering a valuable and impactful experience for members.
Head of membership & marketing
Head of business development
Head of finance & operations
Head of influencing
Roberta joined ACEVO in October 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in public policy and communications roles gained in the public and social sector, including central, regional and local government, charities and charity infrastructure.
As a volunteer, she chaired a local branch of a national charity for several years, supporting over 1000 autistic people and their families and has also been a School Governor. She also enjoys singing in her local community choir.
Membership & marketing manager
Senior support advisor
Jenny joined ACEVO in April 2008 and now leads on guiding our members with charity governance advice and supporting members through any difficulties or crises they may have. Previously, Jenny’s 25 year career in the third sector took her to the role of CEO of the Community Transport Association a UK wide membership body with over 2,500 members. Jenny is also a member of the Charity Governance Code steering group and a trustee for two charities, one local and one UK wide.
Senior support advisor
Member services manager
Gareth joined ACEVO in June 2023, bringing over 15 years of senior leadership experience from the charity sector. He has a wealth of experience spanning membership service provision and higher education.
Gareth is responsible for overseeing the services ACEVO provides, ensuring they meet the current and future needs of members.
Outside of work, Gareth is a passionate music lover and a keen football fan.
Communications & content lead
Heloisa joined ACEVO in November 2018. She was an editor of trend forecasting website WGSN and contributed to travel blogs and websites. She co-founded a feminist digital platform which included Youtube live broadcasts, podcasts, articles and social media. She was a volunteer at Latin American Women’s Aid before joining ACEVO. Her MA research focused on digital activism, specifically on the emotional impact of feminist hashtags.
She has a podcast and a book club about Jane Austen, and is passionate about plants, nature and outdoor activities.
Corporate partnership executive
Senior membership officer
Policy & Influencing officer
Programmes, Events & Activities lead
Marie joined ACEVO in May 2022 to manage our events programme, including #ACEVOFest, our annual festival of leadership. She has worked in the events industry for over 20 years managing countless events for a variety of charity and membership organisations including the NHS, Hospice UK, Cancer Research UK, Charity Retail Association and British Damage Management. Outside of work Marie is a keen runner, is the chairperson of her local running club, and has completed eight marathons including five of the six marathon majors!
Lauren joined ACEVO in November 2022. With almost 20 years of experience in business administration in both the private and public sectors, she finally settled in the charity sector six years ago. Lauren thrives in a busy environment and enjoys being able to support both colleagues and members.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time in her garden, planting, growing, and maintaining the pond, often accompanied by her tabby cat and Dobermann dog.
Rahela joined ACEVO in January 2023 and has over 20 years’ experience in finance management and administration, working for a myriad of sectors. The majority of her career has evolved in the charity sector, which she is most passionate about, as this has been an opportunity for her to give back to society.
Rahela completed her Human Resources Management Degree during the covid pandemic, is an avid listener of jazz, and loves to dance to soul, deep house and R&B.
MEMBER SERVICES administrator
Gemma joined ACEVO in March 2023 and is responsible for supporting colleagues across the member services team.
Gemma has six years’ experience in the charity sector working in administration and volunteering. Fundraising has always been close to her heart and she has taken part in many charity events such as abseiling, mountain climbing, and even fire walking!
In her spare time Gemma enjoys long walks in the countryside with her spaniel and has discovered a love of gardening.
Project manager - Home truths 2
Pamela joined ACEVO in July 2023 to project manage Home Truths 2. With a wealth of expertise and a passion for positive social change, she is committed to driving transformation and creating inclusive environments where everyone can thrive.
She was co-founder of Ethical Fashion Forum, the industry body supporting and promoting sustainable practices, facilitating collaboration, raising awareness; and providing the tools and network to transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry.
Working as a producer with Reframing Race has deepened her commitment to supporting the race equity conversation toward building an anti-racist future.
Natasha joined ACEVO in August 2023 to develop and maintain our data-related digital systems.
She has five years experience as a Salesforce Administrator within the charity sector and demonstrates enthusiasm for ensuring a positive digital experience for our staff and members.
Natasha has a passion for celebrating and championing the LGBTQIA+ community and is a committee member for a local Pride charity.
Admin and operations officer
Diana joined ACEVO in September 2023, primarily supporting the CEO, finance and operations and governance. She also assists the wider ACEVO team across a variety of administrative areas.
Diana spent 20 years in the education sector in Early Years and SEND settings, and more recently has worked as an executive assistant in a small charity which offered transitional housing to disadvantaged young people.
Diana has a passion for directing her energies and expertise to support ventures that deliver community benefit and promote social justice.
She loves wildlife gardening and is a folk musician.
Trusts and foundations officer
Jamie joined ACEVO in September 2023. He has two years’ recent experience in grant and trust fundraising for healthcare charities, managing small trust pipelines with a focus on stewardship, individual opportunities, trust research, bid writing and team collaboration.
In addition to his direct role, Jamie will also contribute to the development of wider income generation strategies and standard operating procedures (SOPs).