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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) and 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 call 020 7014 4600 or email

Rosie was 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 CEO of Gingerbread, the national charity for single parent families where she led the charity through a period of significant organisational change. Rosie was also CEO of London Youth where she grew the organisation significantly in income and impact. She was interim director at Youth Business International, a commissioner on the London Fairness Commission and a trustee of Centre for London.

Rosie joined the board in 2019.

Andrew is chief executive of Humanists UK, the 125-year-old advocacy and service delivery charity for the non-religious. He is also president of Humanists International, the global umbrella body for national humanist organisations. Andrew has executive and non-executive experience in 16 voluntary organisations from local arts charities to international NGOs and has been an adviser to four government departments on ethics, equality, and human rights. He has a strong interest in localism and public affairs, political literacy and democracy.

Andrew joined the board in 2022.

Joyce is director of finance and operations at the Global Greengrants Fund. She was previously chief operating officer of the Black Equity Organisation, and director of finance and resources at SignHealth. She has worked in the charity sector since 2009 after more than 10 years in the book publishing and media industry. Before joining SignHealth, Joyce held senior finance leadership positions in various national charities including CPAG and Charity Digital. Joyce is also an active member of CFG and a board member of Gingerbread.

Joyce joined the board in 2020. 


Neil Heslop OBE

Neil is chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation and co-founder of the charity Blind In Business, serving as a trustee since 1992. He was previously CEO of international pan-disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability and acted as an advisor to the UK government on the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. Neil is also co-chair of the Disability Charities Consortium, a group of the eight largest disability charities dedicated to promoting the rights and interests of 13 million disabled people in the UK.

Neil joined the board in 2020.

Rashid Iqbal

Rashid is chief executive of the Winch, a place-based youth and community charity in Camden, which delivers innovative programmes, including Take Back the Power and North Camden Zone. He has volunteered in small organisations and start-ups, including as a trustee of Transform Justice and as a CAB Management Committee member. Rashid has held senior positions in national organisations, including Refugee Action, as well as contributing to the establishment of national wellbeing indicators, through secondment to the UK Government Cabinet Office.

Rashid joined the board in 2020. 

Jane is ACEVO’s chief executive.  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. 

Jane joined the board in 2022.

Kate is chief executive of Ategi, a not-for-profit support provider working with adults who need help to live their lives. She was previously CEO of Autism at Kingwood, a charity providing support to autistic adults. 

In 2002 Kate left an initial career in IT to pursue a career in the charitable and voluntary sector. With a Masters in Health & Social Care, Kate was a board member for Association for Real Change, an organisation representing learning disability service providers.

Kate joined the board in 2020. 

Jools is chief executive of Community Rail Network, a not-for-profit organisation supporting communities to engage with rail and championing sustainable, inclusive travel.

Jools has 22 years’ third sector experience, engaging communities and delivering impactful campaigns, especially around climate-safe, equitable mobility. She has an MA in political communication, exploring how we can empower communities to tackle the climate crisis and build a fairer future.

Jools joined the board in 2023.

Kye is chief executive of DataKind UK, an infrastructure charity supporting third sector organisations to achieve their missions through increased use of data science.

Kye has held several CEO positions over the past decade and a half and established an award-winning social enterprise. Kye has led and been a part of teams that have been shortlisted for the Charity Awards, and won the Santander Social Enterprise Development Award and Mayor of London’s Volunteering Awards. 

Kye joined the board in 2023.

Sarah is chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, a UK charity working to unlock potential, broaden horizons and create opportunities with and for ambitious young people held back because of their socioeconomic background. 

Before that she worked for the Charity Commission where she was director of policy, strategy and communications. She has previously been a trustee of Endometriosis UK, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, and Womankind Worldwide.

Sarah joined the board in 2023.

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