Team

Vicky Browning

chief executive

Vicky joined ACEVO as CEO in January 2017 after nearly seven years as director at CharityComms, the membership network for communications professionals in UK charities.

A former magazine journalist, editor and publisher, Vicky worked at Haymarket Publishing, the UK’s largest privately owned publishing company for 16 years during the nineties and noughties. She was publishing director of a host of business titles including Third Sector and ad-industry bible Campaign, as well as spending two years in New York heading the launch team of internet marketing title Revolution US. Vicky then enjoyed six years as an independent publishing consultant.

Vicky’s role is to work with the ACEVO team and trustees to support, empower and encourage our sector leaders in their ambition to create change.

Jenny Berry

Director of leadership & governance

Jenny joined ACEVO in April 2008 and leads on professional and leadership development, which includes developing our suite of leadership courses, advising members with mentoring and coaching arrangements, 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 CTA (Community Transport Association) a UK wide membership body with over 2,500 members.

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

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 is responsible for managing income generation for ACEVO and ACEVO members. Over the past 12 years Pete has worked for corporates, start-ups and charities. He brings a wealth of experience in the areas of sales and marketing, innovation, events, sponsorship and corporate partnerships.

With continual big-picture thinking and strategic development, Pete uses skills that are more commonly found in a start-up environment, to grow business for ACEVO and corporates that wish to work in the charity and voluntary sector.

Kristiana Wrixon

Head of policy

Kristiana is responsible for developing ACEVO’s policy strategy and ensuring its effective implementation across key areas: fair regulation, improving commissioning practices, increasing diversity and inclusion, and protecting charities’ right to campaign. Kristiana also helps leaders to create safe organisational cultures and heads up ACEVO’s external communications and research work.

Kristiana joined ACEVO from Suzy Lamplugh Trust where she was policy and services manager, and where she established the National Stalking Helpline and was involved in the successful campaign for a new stalking law. Prior to that, she worked as a civilian in Devon and Cornwall police.  She has also volunteered as a listener with suicide prevention charities Samaritans and Maytree.

Catherine Macrae

Head of finance & operations

Catherine joined ACEVO in January 2019. A CIMA qualified accountant , she has 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently having spent over 14 years working as part of a school leadership team and governing board. In her role at ACEVO, she proactively and positively contributes to improving the organisation’s financial, operational and strategic performance and processes.

Tom Andrews

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. 

Nabila Juma

Nabila Juma

Events coordinator

Nabila is responsible for delivering ACEVO’s events programme. She has had five years event experience spanning from live entertainment shows and award ceremonies, to most recently working with a non-profit community of SMEs and entrepreneurs managing an extensive events calendar coordinating dinners and panel discussions for partners such as UBS and KPMG, breakfasts at the House of Lords and launching a roadshow of large scale networking and learning events across the UK. Get in touch with Nabila if you have any events related questions.

Heloisa Righetto

Communications officer

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.

Jennifer Sowerby

Data & Digital Lead

Jennifer is responsible for managing and developing the membership database and website at ACEVO. She ensures the systems we use for membership run smoothly and provides the ACEVO team with insights into our membership base. Jennifer has over 15 years experience working in IT with customer relationship management systems as a consultant and as part of in-house teams in corporate and membership organisations. She is enthusiastic about harnessing technological innovation to help the team work smarter and better serve our members.

Maisie Hulbert

Policy officer

Maisie joined ACEVO in November 2018 as a graduate on the Charityworks programme. She assists on all aspects of policy at ACEVO, researching and reporting on the issues that affect our members and the charities they lead, and pursuing policy change in line with their needs. Maisie studied music for four years, and also works as a freelance singer with a particular passion for educational arts and outreach. She was a founding member of Sing Inside, an organisation taking singing workshops into UK prisons, and she now runs and develops the programme as it expands across the country.

Jan Costis

Finance officer

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

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 several of the ACEVO programmes. She has also spearheaded ACEVO’s brand refresh and new website and works alongside other departments and many external contributors to make sure that ACEVO members make the most of our services, opportunities and resources.

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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.

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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