ACEVO’s board oversees the direction and management of the association.

Board members are often involved in other aspects of ACEVO’s work such as sitting on sub-committees, chairing special interest groups and acting as ambassadors for ACEVO. We are committed to good governance and the board has reviewed its performance against the code of good governance using the methodology of ACEVO’s own governance review tool.

The board consists of:

  • up to 10 full members elected by the membership
  • up to four individuals co-opted by the board, including a chair (from the membership) and treasurer appointed by the board
  • ACEVO’s chief executive

The chair, vice chair and treasurer form the officers of the board. Read ACEVO’s trustee diversity targets. For further information about our board, please contact the office on 020 7014 4600 or email

Rosie is chief executive of The House of St Barnabas, a social enterprise members’ club and employment academy which exists to break the cycle of homelessness.  Prior to this she was chief executive of Gingerbread, the national charity for single parent families where she led the charity through a period of significant organisational change. From 2012 to 2016, Rosie was chief executive of London Youth where she grew the organisation significantly in terms of both income and impact. She was also interim director at Youth Business International, a commissioner on the London Fairness Commission and is a trustee of Centre for London.

Rosie is based in London and joined the board in 2019.

Kate is the director and founder of Acumen Community Development Trust which delivers high quality employment and training services supporting local people to reach their true potential and secure sustainable employment whilst supporting local employers to fulfil their recruitment needs. Kate is also a trustee of Greggs Foundation and County Durham Community Foundation and a prominent and enthusiastic activist in Girlguiding UK. Kate is motivated to ensure that social enterprise plays a significant part in the economic growth of the North East and that civil society is recognised as a contributor to the social wellbeing of our communities.

Kate is based in the North East and joined the board in 2014.

Jill is a partner at the accountancy firm BDO LLP specialising in external and internal audits and advisory work for the charity sector. She has worked with charities for over 19 years and has extensive knowledge of reporting under UK GAAP and Charities SORP. Jill was a key director within PwC‘s national charities group, leading their charities centre of excellence and has been seconded into charities covering the finance director and other executive roles. Jill is also on the finance and audit committee of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and is a trustee of a domestic violence charity and treasurer of a small environmental NGO.

Jill is based in London and joined the board in 2014.​

Vicky joined ACEVO as chief executive 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 Campaign, as well as spending two years in New York heading the launch team of internet marketing title Revolution US. Vicky also spent six years as an independent publishing consultant.

Vicky is based in London and joined the board in 2017.

Kulbinder is chief executive of People First, a community-based, tenant-led housing association that provides housing and specialist support services to a wide range of clients,  including people with dementia, mental health issues, alcohol misuse and vulnerable young people. Kulbinder is passionate about civil society and the work that it does, and has dedicated over 20 years to creating, building and leading organisations in the sector. He has also been a board member of the National Housing Federation and chair of the editorial board for Shelter’s ‘Roof’ magazine.

Kulbinder is based in the North West and joined the board in 2014.

Jehangir is chief executive of Muslim Aid, and was formerly director of Islamic Relief UK. He first worked with IRW in 1991 as a volunteer-steward at the Islamic Relief Games and was later appointed to development director of IR USA and deputy country director in Afghanistan. Jehangir engages with government departments on international development and foreign policy issues while also visiting field missions and disaster zones for fundraising and media purposes. He remains active at the UK community level through encouragement of civic engagement, initiatives for youth development and a passion for Muslim engagement on mainstream issues.

Jehangir is based in the Midlands and joined in board in 2015.

Ruth is chief executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the national membership organisation for civil society in Wales. During 2014, Ruth led an independent review into Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. Prior to this Ruth was director of care and development for Reach, part of the Seren (now Pobl) Housing Group, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, director of RNIB Cymru, chief executive of Chwarae Teg and deputy director of Business in the Community Cymru. Ruth is a lifelong volunteer, has significant trustee experience gained from many voluntary organisations and regularly contributes to committees, inquiries and programmes to promote volunteering.

Ruth is based in Wales and joined the board in 2018.

Othman is chief executive of Syria Relief, the largest UK-based Syria-focused charity with offices in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Othman’s career in the humanitarian sector spans back to 1992 and from 2010 to 2017 he was chief executive of Human Appeal during which time its annual income grew from £3.4 million to £60 million. Othman was a trustee of the Muslim Charities Forum and is a director of Charity Futures. In addition, Othman is an Adair International Accredited ‘Action Centred Leadership’ Trainer, he mentors young people for the Mosaic network and is a member of the EUCLID Network.

Othman is based in North West and joined the board in 2016.

Menai is chief executive of The Pituitary Foundation, a national rare diseases charity and leading global pituitary patients’ organisation. Menai has over 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, specifically in fundraising for health charities including Breast Cancer CareAction on Hearing LossNightingale House Hospice and Hope House Children’s Hospices. Menai is a Law graduate and qualified director with a Master’s Diploma in Company Direction from The Institute of Directors. She is passionate about her work and charities, and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Menai is based in the South West and Wales and joined the board in 2018.

David is chief executive of Teesside Hospice and has 17 years’ experience of high profile leadership roles in the public and healthcare sectors in both executive and non-executive roles. Beginning his career working in finance, before moving into advice work and charity management David took up his first Chief Officer role in 2001 and since 2006 has worked in healthcare with a specific focus on mental health and well-being becoming chief executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. Holding a Master’s in Charities Resource Management David regularly engages in public debate on issues such as mental health, charities and leadership.

David is based in the North East and joined the board in 2018.

Sue is chief executive of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and has over 25 years’ experience working at the forefront of the social change sector in the UK. Her previous roles include chief executive of Women in Sport, projects director of The Future Foundation and women’s affairs campaigner at The Body Shop. Sue is politically experienced including twice serving as a retained Ministerial Advisor. She has an Honorary Degree from Liverpool Edge Hill University for ‘services to women’s health’ and has served as a trustee and Chair of Fawcett. Sue is currently Patron of Crystal Palace Ladies’ Football Club.

Sue is based in London and joined the board in 2018.

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