Join an organisation which will support, inspire, and empower you through every stage of your career as a Chief Executive.

ACEVO is the community of charity leaders. We have a diverse membership: experienced chief executives of large charities, new chief executives of local groups, the next generation of leaders.

We offer a bespoke service, tailored to your needs as they evolve throughout your career. When you take on your first role, we support you through those tricky first 100 days. As your career progresses, we offer ways for you to grow and develop professionally. If things go wrong, we’re here to help with governance.

Through ACEVO you’ll be given the chance to meet other chief executives and expand your network. And we want to make your job supporting society easier: we constantly campaign for the operating environment your organisation needs.

And we’re always looking to help the next generation of social leaders prepare for their future roles as chief executives: with our leadership development programmes, we want to foster new talent.

If you join ACEVO, we will:

Support you to develop in your role as a leader:

Campaign to give your charity the operating environment it needs:

Support you to support your organisation:

Types of Membership

Full Members are defined as the most senior staff member in the organisation, often with the title of Chief Executive or CEO. 

Senior Leadership supports senior charity leaders from those finding their feet whilst learning to lead to experienced directors with aspirations of becoming the next CEO. 

Associate Membership is open to anyone with an interest in sector leadership (except for-profit organisations) including Chairs and Trustees. 

Affiliate membership is available to social leaders of organisations with an annual income of less than £150K.


Membership fees are based on the income of the organisation you work for, with further details available here. If you’re interested in joining ACEVO, fill in the membership application form or contact the Membership Team by emailing

Join ACEVO - Application Form