Trustees

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 info@acevo.org.uk.

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.

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.

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.​

Kate is the chief executive of Autism at Kingwood, a charity and specialist support provider of services to autistic adults in the Thames Valley. With an initial career in Information Technology, Kate left senior management and leadership roles in the corporate sector in 2002 to pursue a career in the charitable and voluntary sector. With a recent Masters in Health & Social Care, Kate also has considerable trustee experience having been an active board member with ARC, Association for Real Change – an organisation representing service providers in the learning disability sector – stepping off as Trustee and Committee Chair in September 2019.

Kate is based in Reading, Berkshire and joined the Board in 2019.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Wanda Wyporska

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA, is executive director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of Equally Ours and Redthread, Governor of West Green Primary School, Tottenham and was a founding trustee of United Kingdom for Refugees. She is a regular keynote speaker and sits on or has advised a range of bodies, such as the ACEVO race advisory panel, the Fight Inequality Alliance Steering Group, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, NUS Poverty Commission and the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group, among others.
Wanda has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement, leading on equalities, social mobility and education policy and is an experienced campaigner. She is a TEDx speaker, has spoken at the United Nations, York Festival of Ideas, and chaired a panel at the Women of the World Festival. She regularly comments in the media, having appeared on Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, Sky News, and BBC 1’s The Big Questions, among other media outlets.
Wanda was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in European History and subsequently published her first book, Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800 in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.

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