London & South East CEO Forum

Upcoming dates for the London and South East CEO forum

Please note you must login to the website to book your place. Open to ACEVO full members only.

Next meeting:

  • Date: Tuesday 25 June
  • Timings: 
      • 14.00 - 14.30 - arrivals, registration and networking
      • 14.30 - 15.00 - Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)
      • 15.00 - 17.00 - CEO forum
  • Venue: Freeths LLP, 1 Vine Street, London, W1J 0AH

Topic: Serious incident reporting

Speaker: Kate Waring, head of risk assessment unit, Charity Commission

Kate will discuss the purpose of the Commission’s Reporting Serious Incidents (RSI) regime, she will explain the common types of RSI, the criteria for reporting an incident and what we should expect of trustees when they make a report. She will also update the audience on recent and upcoming changes and trends.

Extraordinary General Meeting to approve a special resolution to amend ACEVO’s Articles of Association

The board of ACEVO hereby gives notice convening an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association at Freeths, 1 Vine Street, Mayfair, London W1J 0AH on 25 June at 14.30 (the Notice) proposing the following Special Resolution:

“THAT with effect from the conclusion of the meeting the draft Articles of Association attached to this resolution be adopted as the Articles of Association of the Company in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, the Company's existing Articles of Association.” (the Special Resolution).

This EGM of ACEVO full members has been convened by the ACEVO board of trustees to approve changes to its Articles of Association to remove the requirement for the organisation to hold an Annual General Meeting and other amendments as detailed below. Members can read more about the trustees’ decision here.

A copy of ACEVO’s current Articles of Association showing the proposed changes is available to download here. The substantive amendments are indicated below and relate to the removal of the obligation to hold an annual general meeting, the composition of the board, clarification of the trustee election process and removal of the requirement to appoint a company secretary.

The trustees are proposing to change the composition of the board from 12 elected members and three co-optees (plus the CEO) to 10 elected members and four co-optees as the co-optees now include both the treasurer and the chair (and the latter must be an ACEVO member). By increasing the number of co-optees by one, we now have two opportunities to appoint for specific skills gaps outside a member election process, while reserving most of the trustee positions for ACEVO members.

The changes also, where possible, introduce provisions to allow for electronic communications and e-meetings and remove references to faxes. There is still flexibility to have a physical general meeting when needed. Some of the wording elsewhere has been tidied up and some of the other numbering and formatting has been standardised.

Significant amendments include:

  • p12: removal of the requirement to hold an annual general meeting
  • p12: insertion of the option to call a general meeting
  • p22: change of composition of board as above to 10 elected and 4 co-opted
  • p22: clarification of trustee election process
  • p27: removal of the requirement to appoint a company secretary. (This is no longer a legal requirement and the responsibilities of the role of company secretary sit with the head of finance and operations, as detailed in both the job description and schedule of delegated authority.)

NB Voting is open only to full members of ACEVO. At least 75% of those voting must vote in favour for the special resolution be carried.

Voting by proxy

Any member wishing to vote on the Special Resolution by proxy should download the proxy form and return it to Catherine Macrae via email on no later than 17.00 on 20 June 2019.

Coming up:

  • Date: Thursday 12 September
  • Timings: 13:45-16:00
  • Venue: Buzzacott, 130 Wood St, London EC2V 6DL

Topic: Workplace bullying in charities and implications for leadership

Speaker: Sarah Hughes, chief executive, Centre for Mental Health.

About the London & South East CEO forum

The forums are an opportunity for ACEVO members to network, gain peer support and hear from specialist speakers on the issues that affect us all; leadership, governance, personal effectiveness, leading through change and managing the workforce.

These meetings are available to ACEVO full members only. If you are not an ACEVO member but are interested in finding out more, please email

The ACEVO trustees based in London and the South East are Rosie Ferguson (chair), Jehangir Malik and Sue Tibballs.