As an ACEVO member, you can gain access to a network of great mentors. Mentoring is a free service where other ACEVO members generously offer their time as peer mentors.

Peer mentoring

The ACEVO Mentoring Service matches ACEVO members looking for a mentor with other members who have volunteered their time to the service. Peer mentoring is based around sharing knowledge and experience and is a fantastic way of improving your professional development, for both mentees and mentors. The free service is intended to provide confidential space for reflection and discussion. Mentees gain a supportive mentor to bounce ideas off and tackle issues with; mentors gain the chance to develop leadership skills and the sense of satisfaction from having helped another sector leader.

Mentoring partnerships generally last around a year, with mentors and mentees meeting every 4-6 weeks to chat in person or over the phone. Once matched, the mentoring process is entirely dependant on the needs of both the mentor and mentee and can be flexibly arranged to suit individuals. If you are a Senior Leader, please indicate on the application form whether you are looking for a Senior Leader peer mentor or a CEO mentor.

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"I would just like to confirm how helpful I have found the mentoring service you offer. You put me in touch with Peter - an experienced CEO - and he has been and continues to be an absolute gem! I feel I have got someone on 'my side' who I can openly and honestly bounce things off, whose brains I can pick and who can give me a fresh perspective on things whilst challenging (gently) my ideas and thoughts."

Helen Garfield, CEO Primrose Hospice and ACEVO mentee

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“I decided to become an ACEVO mentor as I have a lot of experience in large and small organisations within the sector and was interested in offering this outside a line management arrangement for those who are new to the CEO role or sector. The experience has been really valuable as it requires a different approach from managing staff – I’m not there to advise or recommend but to ask informed questions which may help the person being mentored to think about situations differently and develop their own approaches or solutions.”

Leo Sowerby, CEO Affinity Trust and ACEVO mentor

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For more information on mentoring please email the membership team. Please note, this is a popular service and we cannot guarantee that a mentor will become available or how long the matching process will take. 

Download the ACEVO mentoring guide

ACEVO's mentoring scheme is generously supported by CCLA, investment managers for good.







Business and financial management mentoring

Sometimes it can be really helpful to get an external perspective from someone in a similar position outside the civil society sector. They could offer a different point of view on a particular challenge you’re facing, from business planning to managing budgets.

It’s why we work with the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (WCoMC) to offer ACEVO members mentoring from business and financial management consultants. Working with them, we match members with consultants with expertise in strategy and business planning, financial management, purchasing, IT and telecommunications, project management, change management and communications.

You can directly request to have a mentor through this route, or we might suggest it when we are doing the matching process, if it is appropriate.

To find out more about WCoMC, please visit

Private sector mentoring

The Kilfinan Group is a group of senior business people who provide free and informal mentoring to charity chief executives.

The group was founded by Nicholas Ferguson CBE, Chairman of Savills plc, in 2003.  It now has nine ‘chapters’ and around 200 members. Six chapters are based in London, two in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. The Kilfinan Group is dedicated to mentoring individuals not organisations and is committed to absolute confidentiality. If you would like to know more about the group, please visit

If you would like a referral to access a mentor from Kilfinan please email