Good governance

Good governance is a vital part of how civil society organisations operate and are held accountable. Having an effective board is key to ensuring you can deliver your responsibilities as a leader. We offer a wide range of support to ensure our members' governance is strong enough to see their organisations through good and bad times.

The CEO and chair relationship

When the CEO and chair relationship functions well, it provides a supportive environment for the CEO and allows the organisation to flourish. When the relationship breaks down it can have a cascade effect on the rest of the organisation. ACEVO has a number of resources you may find useful when considering your relationship with your chair.

Governance advice line

Our governance advice line is available only to full members. It provides advice on issues such as improving communication, defining responsibilities or managing problems with your board. 

Leading Governance discounted membership

To ensure ACEVO members receive the most effective governance support in the sector, we've partnered with Leading Governance to give you discounted access to their suite of online governance materials. Members receive 33% off Leading Governance website membership.


Our partner Digi-Board is a unique service providing on-line governance reviews designed specifically for the charity/not-for-profit sector. In essence, they help charities solve their governance issues and get to grips with what they need to do about it.

Governance FAQs

Here are a number of frequently asked questions from chief executives regarding governance.

Hear how ACEVO helped Julio Abraham, CEO, Derby City Mission reshape his board.