Join ACEVO’s board and help develop our new strategic direction

Apply to become a trustee

We’re looking for four trustees to join our board and help us take ACEVO forward into the future. Three trustees will be elected by the ACEVO membership.

We are also asking for expressions of interest from aspiring CEOs or senior leaders to fill one co-opted place to ensure our board is future-facing when thinking about the needs of current and future CEOs, and can benefit from the perspective of trustees in other leadership positions.

If you share our vision of seeing civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference, and want to be part of our board providing strategy, scrutiny and support for the CEO and executive team delivering our purpose, we’d love to hear from you.

All full members of ACEVO are eligible to stand for election and we’re keen to encourage as wide a range of applications as possible. The co-opted senior leader may or may not be an ACEVO associate member.

What we’re looking for

We expect all interested candidates to bring their experience and skills as a charity/social enterprise chief executive or senior leader, including an understanding of and interest in strategy, governance and leadership. In addition, we are looking to recruit for specific skills and characteristics.

Having undertaken a skills and diversity audit of our existing trustees, we would be keen to hear from applicants with experience of environmental issues, mergers and social enterprise. We are working towards our published gender and diversity targets, and so would particularly like to welcome applications from men, especially Black or Asian men. We also encourage Disabled people to apply.

The trustees currently represent a good spread of geographical location, organisational size and cause area, and these factors may be taken into account during the shortlisting phase to ensure we maintain a balance.

Our values are to be member-driven, connected, ambitious and honest so the more you are able to demonstrate those attributes the better.

The deadline for applications for election is 12pm on Friday 2 October 2020. This is also the deadline for expressions of interest for senior leaders/aspiring CEOs who wish to be considered for the co-opted trustee role.

If there are more than three candidates for election, applications will be assessed by a shortlisting panel of existing trustees and a member of ACEVO’s senior management team, who will draw up a shortlist to put forward for election by the full membership. The shortlisting panel comprises Rosie Ferguson (chair), Kate Allen (trustee), Vicky Browning (CEO) and Pete Johnson (SMT). The election will take place from Monday 19 October to 5pm on Friday 6 November, with the results announced on 23 November.

Candidates expressing an interest in the co-opted trustee role will be contacted during the week commencing 12 October and may be invited to an interview with members of the shortlisting panel. The successful candidate will be notified during the week commencing 16 November.

Elected and co-opted trustees will be invited to attend the 3 December board meeting as observers, at which the existing trustees will ratify the election result. The first official board meeting for new trustees will be in March 2021.

If you would like to stand, please review the board member role description and complete the nomination form, which includes your details plus those of a proposer and seconder (who must both be current members of ACEVO). We’re asking candidates to submit 350 words outlining why they wish to be an ACEVO trustee, what they will bring to the ACEVO board and how they meet the preferred skills and characteristics as identified by the current trustees. This will be used by the panel during shortlisting, and shared publicly with all ACEVO members during the voting process. Please complete either the elected or co-opted application form, depending on whether you are standing for election (full members only) or co-option (associate and/or non-members welcome).

Completed application forms, along with a signed fit and proper persons declaration and ACEVO’s equality and diversity form should be emailed to Katie Macdonald at katie.macdonald@acevo.org.uk . Please make it clear whether you are standing for election or co-option. We look forward to hearing from you.

FAQs

  • Where can I find my ACEVO membership number?

If you’re logged into the website and click My profile, your membership number appears under My info. If you have any problems finding your number, please email membership@acevo.org.uk

  • Why do the proposer and seconder need to be ACEVO members?

One of ACEVO’s values is to be connected: we believe we achieve more through bringing people together, building the relationships and networks that generate confidence and belief. We are looking for trustees who have good connections within the existing network.

  • Can I apply and then send in my proposer and seconder details later?

No – you must include details of your proposer and seconder within your application, which must reach us by the closing deadline.

  • What if I don’t know anyone to propose and second me?

There are lots of opportunities to build connections within the ACEVO network, including through attending member meetings and participating in our online Community. Trustee elections usually take place every 12-24 months, so perhaps you could spend some time building your connections to put your name forward at the next opportunity. If you are a new member and think you would struggle with this requirement, please contact CEO Vicky Browning to arrange a chat (vicky.browning@acevo.org.uk ).

  • Should nominees have been a member of ACEVO for any set length of time before they are eligible to stand?

No – you can stand for election as a new member, as long as you have a proposer and seconder within membership to support your application.

  • I don’t fit the criteria the current trustees have identified as being of most interest. Can I still stand for election?

All full members of ACEVO are eligible to stand for election and we’re keen to encourage as wide a range of applications as possible. However, the board has identified specific diversity and skills targets we are looking to achieve, so priority will be given by the shortlisting panel to those applicants with experience of environmental issues, mergers and social enterprise, men (especially Black or Asian men) andDisabled people.

  • As part of the application process, you’re asking for 350 words on why candidates wish to be an ACEVO trustee, what they will bring to the ACEVO board and how they meet the preferred skills and characteristics as identified by the current trustees. Will this information be made public?

Yes – your application copy will be used by the shortlisting panel during shortlisting, and shared with all ACEVO members in the election process to help them decide on which candidates to vote for.

  • What is a co-opted trustee?

Co-opted trustees are appointed by existing board members and do not have to stand for election. ACEVO’s articles state that trustees can appoint up to four co-opted members of the board.

  • I am a senior leader/aspiring CEO who would like to submit an expression of interest to be co-opted on the senior board. Do I have to be an associate member of ACEVO?

No – you don’t have to be a member of ACEVO to put yourself forward to be co-opted, as long as you have a proposer and seconder within membership to support your application.

  • Remind me what I need to submit as part of the application process?

Completed application forms (using one of either the election or co-option forms), along with a signed fit and proper persons declaration and ACEVO’s equality and diversity form should be emailed to Katie Macdonald at katie.macdonald@acevo.org.uk before 12pm on Friday 2 October.