Join our network of over 1,200 civil society CEOs and senior leaders and benefit from a whole range of services tailored to support and develop you as a leader. Because great leaders make the biggest difference. 

Hear why Kay Miller, CEO, Healthcare Infection Society joined ACEVO:

We offer help when you need it most

Being a CEO can sometimes be a lonely and difficult experience. We’re here to support you by providing everything from confidential advice and helplines to online and printed publications.

  • Our unique and bespoke one-to-one member support will support you in any point in your CEO role and try to answer your queries, guide you with advice or put you in touch with a colleague or peer who has relevant experience.
  • Good governance is a vital part of how third sector organisations operate and are held accountable. 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 to the rest of the organisation. We offer a wide range of support and services and a number of resources you will find useful when considering your relationship with your Chair.
  • Access our confidential CEO in Crisis service for practical, emotional and legal support when times get really tough.
  • We have a partnership with the TCM Group to offer a discounted workplace mediation service to resolve complex and challenging disputes.
  • Free subscription to Charity Times magazine and discounted Third Sector magazine.
  • We have produced a range of publications to aid sector leaders in both their organisational and personal development.

Hear why Rosie Ferguson, former CEO of Gingerbread, joined ACEVO: 

We get you connected and expand your network

We understand how vital networking is and our forums and events across the country provide you with opportunities to build key relationships, expand your network and connect with your peers.

  • Regular local CEO forums connect you directly with your peers in your area to build your network.
  • Discuss the issues relevant to you and your organisation at our special interest groups on health & social care, women in leadership, arts & heritage and faith-based charities.
  • Our new member lunches provide you with an opportunity to meet with and build key relationships with other new members.
  • Our annual conference brings together civil society leaders from charities and not-for-profits from around the UK for a day of peer learning and connecting.
  • Join our online social media communities.

Hear why Stephen Hale, CEO, Refugee Action joined ACEVO: 

We enable you to grow as a leader

Wherever you are in your career, talk to us and we can help. Our leadership courses, coaching, mentoring and resources will support you with your personal development.

  • Our leadership development planning tools have been created to help support planning for your leadership development.
  • Ensure your organisation follows good governance through our one-day leadership learning workshops.
  • Develop your leadership skills with our mentoring matching service and learn from experienced and respected charity CEOs.
  • Free coaching with Henley Business School.
  • Benefit from our unique Coaching for Excellence programme, tailored to your needs.
  • Gain exclusive access to a suite of leadership development tools and resources.
  • Discounted 360° assessments.

Hear why Fadi Itani, CEO, Muslim Charities Forum joined ACEVO:

We represent your interests

We work hard to ensure your voice is heard by opinion formers and influencers at the highest level by campaigning on key policy issues which reflect your needs and priorities.

  • Engage with our current policy campaigns which are rooted in your needs and priorities. 
  • Access regular policy briefings to keep you up to date with changes in the voluntary sector affecting you.
  • Keep up to date with our latest thinking, campaigns, events and services with our weekly Leader to Leader email.

Hear why Crispin Truman, CEO, CPRE joined ACEVO:

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ACEVO is proud to partner with a range of corporate organisations which share our vision of encouraging effective and inspiring civil society leadership. Many of our corporate partners supply goods and services to charities and social enterprises and are pleased to offer ACEVO members free support, advice, preferential rates and discounts.

  • Benefit from advice and expertise from our corporate partners expertise through free business advice lines. 
  • Save money and time through our discounted Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Discounted advertising on ACEVO jobs, the leading job site for civil society chief executives and senior leaders.

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Hear why David Barker, Founder, Thrive Consulting joined ACEVO: