ACEVO Fellowships

Celebrating and investing in inspirational leaders 

Now in its seventh year, the ACEVO Fellowships uncover the most inspirational sector leaders from across the country who deserve greater recognition for their work and achievements, and invest in their development.

Nominations for 2018 are now open!

Do you know an inspirational leader that always goes above and beyond? Is there a leader in your organisation who deserves greater recognition for their achievements?

Our judges will be looking for five exceptional individuals, who will each receive:

  • a free place on a Leadership Trust Programme worth up to £4,200
  • free ACEVO membership for a year
  • a free place at the ACEVO annual conference 2019
  • a pack of ACEVO leadership publications and our annual pay survey
  • an ACEVO mentor
  • a personal leadership development plan

The fellowships will be awarded at our AGM on 6 December (from 6pm, central London), where winners are celebrated for their contribution to the sector.

Our judging panel: Jenny Berry, director of leadership and governance, ACEVO, Kate Welch, CEO, Social Enterprise Acumen and ACEVO trustee, John Knight, CEO, Loros and Leadership Trust Foundation trustee, Rokaiya Khan, CEO, Together Women and previous winner of the ACEVO Fellowship Awards.

Who is eligible and how do I nominate?

Fellows can be current CEOs, directors or senior leaders of any charity, social enterprise or not for profit organisation. Please note that to be eligible for a Fellowship, either the nominee or their nominator must be an ACEVO member. The closing date is 5pm on Monday 22 October.

We’re looking forward to your nomination – best of luck!

Nomination form

 In partnership with the:

The Leadership Trust Foundation and 



We would like to thank the Leadership Trust for its continued support of the fellowships and its key contribution to ACEVO’s wider leadership development offer. The Leadership Trust Foundation is an educational charitable trust which has delivered public benefit through research, thought leadership, influencing and training – all contributing to better leadership understanding and improved leadership practices since 1975.

Previous winners

Our current ACEVO fellows are listed below, with roles as they were at the time of receiving their award.


Mark Pemberton                                     Director - Association of British Orchestras
Sarah Robbins CEO - Springfield Project
Jan Hutchinson                                                    Director of programmes - Centre for Mental Health 
Dr James Cusack Director of science - Autistica
John Schless CEO - Students Union University of Greenwich


Gail Gibbons

CEO - Sheffield Futures 

Adrian Ramsey


Anita Grover

CEO - Auditory Verbal UK 

Jane Blake


Trish McGrath

CEO - AberSU


Judi Rhys

CEO - Arthritis Care

Emma Williams

Executive director - PTA UK

Othman Moqbel

CEO - Human Appeal International

John Rendel


Sarah Collis

Director - Self Help UK


Seb Elsworth

Director of partnerships and communications (Deputy CEO) – SIB

Maria McNicholl

Head of prison projects – St Giles Trust

Daryl Ormerod

CEO – University of Cumbria Students’ Union

Abdurahman Sharif

Executive director – Muslim Charities Forum

Jeremy Taylor

CEO – National Voices


Daniel Brookbank

CEO - East Sussex Blind

Ed Moss

CEO- Young Advisors

Anil Patil

CEO - Carers Worldwide

Ruth Wells

CEO- Mind Exeter and East Devon

Jane Stafford

Director - Child Dynamix


James Cathcart

CEO - British Youth Council

Kevin Cheung

CEO - Food Cycle

Tracey Bleakley

CEO - Personal Finance Education Group

Rokaiya Khan


CEO- Together Women, Yorkshire and Humberside (Emerging Leader Award)

 Rowina Lewis

 Director of Fundraising and Supporter Relations - Gingerbread