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Jane Ide

Chief executive

Jane joined ACEVO in May 2022.  She 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.  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. 

Anne Wallis

Head of membership & marketing

Anne joined ACEVO in February 2018 after 11 years overseeing membership and marketing at an international not-for-profit membership club.

She has a wealth of experience spanning the charity sector (including Barnardo’s and the Children’s Society), Westminster (as assistant director of strategic policy and communications at the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister), and the private sector (with communications and public affairs consultancies Ruder Finn and Westminster Strategy).

With members being at the heart of everything ACEVO does, Anne is responsible for leading the membership team, growing the ACEVO community and enthusiastically engaging directly with ACEVO members.

Pete Johnson

Head of business development

Pete joined ACEVO in 2017 and is responsible for generating income for the organisation. Pete has worked for corporations, start-ups, and charities over the past 15 years. He possesses a wealth of experience in the areas of sales and marketing, innovation, events, sponsorship, and corporate partnerships.

With a focus on strategic thinking, Pete can use skills more generally seen in a start-up environment to grow business for ACEVO and corporate companies who wish to work with charities and voluntary organisations.

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Yetunde Ogundele

Head of finance & operations

Yetunde joined ACEVO in October 2021 bringing a vast wealth of experience built up over years of working in the charity accounting sector.

She is a finance professional with over 10 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, leading and developing teams and new finance operations. Over the years, she has gained experience and a great understanding of managing finances in very difficult times and circumstances. 

Outside of work, Yetunde has a keen eye for fashion and is a music lover with a vast collection 90s music on vinyl.

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Tom Andrews

Head of member support

Tom joined ACEVO in October 2019 and is a qualified coach and counsellor. Tom works alongside Jenny to help members through mentoring, advice and one-to-one support. 

He is the founder – and ex-CEO – of two pioneering charities: Music for Change (intercultural understanding through music participation) and People United (exploring how creativity can grow kindness and social change). Most recently he has worked as a freelance coach, facilitator and mentor, supporting charity leaders. 

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Alan Lally-Francis

Head of influencing

Alan joined ACEVO in October 2021. He’s a committed advocate for human rights, diversity & inclusion, and mental health, and has over 13 years’ experience of working in public affairs, policy and advocacy, including in parliament, government and several NGOs and charities. Alan is also a Trustee at Little Village.

Alan was born in Pakistan and lived in Spain for five years before coming to the UK as a child. He grew up in east London, where he continues to live today.

Jenny Berry

Crisis & governance lead

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.  Jenny also works with members on their personal leadership development plans and guidance on coaching opportunities.

Previously, Jenny’s 25 year career in the third sector took her to the role of CEO of the CTA (Community Transport Association) a UK wide membership body with over 2,500 members.

Jenny is a member of the Charity Governance Code steering group and is a trustee for two charities, one local and one UK charity.

Natalie Westerman

Natalie Westerman

Membership & marketing manager

Natalie joined ACEVO in April 2016 as the office manager, moving to the membership team in 2018. She has previously worked for Channel 5 as a researcher and founded her own greeting card company. Natalie uses her skills in design, project management and CRM to create, monitor and manage the membership & marketing strategy. She has also spearheaded ACEVO’s brand refresh and new website, is involved in several digital projects, and works alongside other departments and external contributors to make sure that ACEVO members make the most of our services, opportunities and resources.

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Marie Moss

Events coordinator

Marie joined ACEVO in May 2022 to help manage the in house events and #ACEVOFest22 on a temporary contract.

She has worked in the events industry for over 20 years and has booked & managed countless events over the period as well as working alongside a variety of charity & membership organisations including the NHS, Hospice UK, Cancer Research UK, Charity Retail Association & British Damage Management.

Outside of work Marie is a keen runner and is the chairperson of her local running club as well as completing eight marathons including five of the six marathon majors!

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Heloisa Righetto

Communications & content lead

Heloisa joined ACEVO in November 2018. Passionate about using social media and online content to create communities, she worked as an editor for trend forecasting website WGSN and contributed to travel blogs and websites. In 2015 she co-founded a feminist digital platform which includes Youtube live broadcasts as well as podcasts, texts and social media. She was a communications volunteer at Latin American Women’s Aid before joining ACEVO. Her MA research focused on digital activism, more specifically on the emotional impact of feminist hashtags.

Marlene Cursoux

Marlene Cursoux

Corporate partnership executive

Marlene has lived and worked in three countries before moving to the UK. She has held positions in sales, marketing and project management in small and large organisations, before joining ACEVO in January 2020. Passionate about the positive impact local and international NGOs can make on civil society, she translates her enthusiasm for stakeholder management, digital marketing and events as part of the corporate partnerships team where she nurtures relationships between ACEVO and its key partners in the corporate sector.

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Melanie Jeanton

Membership administrator

Melanie joined ACEVO in May 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of membership administration. She has over 20 years of customer service experience including membership administration in both profit and non-profit sectors. If you have a membership enquiry, just give Mel a call and she’d be happy to help.

Jan Costis

Finance officer

Jan looks after ACEVO’s accounting, and has done so through thick and thin for over 20 years.

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Commeletia Allison

Data & Digital lead

Commeletia joined ACEVO in December 2021. She is a certified Salesforce administrator, MBCS, MBA graduate bringing a wealth of IT best practices and a specialist in the area application development for corporate (including IBM, Ernst & Young) and central government (Department of Health) sectors gained over two decades and more recently in the charity sector.

When not found behind a computer screen she likes to travel and participate in parkrun, among her many interests.

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Helena Brown

Team administrator

Helena joined the team in April 2022 from FareShare Southwest, where she worked as a database and membership assistant. She is responsible for ACEVO’s general day to day tasks and provides administrative support for specific areas including membership, events, member support, policy, and corporate partnerships.

She has studied environmental geoscience for three years and has previously volunteered in many roles centred around creating more sustainable communities.

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Shareen Patel

Policy & Influening officer

Shareen joined ACEVO in June 2022. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Spanish and an MSc in Human Rights. Her previous work experience includes working for a public relations firm, a public affairs and communications firm, a think tank, and an NGO. She has also spent some time in India volunteering with a charity that focuses on giving deprived and vulnerable children their right to an education. Shareen is passionate about civil society and human rights.

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If you have any queries please email info@acevo.org.uk or call 020 7014 4600.