ACEVO Fellowships

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Do you know an inspirational leader who always goes above and beyond?

Is there a leader in your organisation who deserves greater recognition for their achievements?

Now in its sixth year, the ACEVO Fellowships uncover the most inspirational sector leaders from across the country and we need your help in getting this hidden talent recognised!

 The ACEVO Fellowships, sponsored by the Leadership Trust Foundation, aim to champion inspirational and emerging leaders, identifying those who deserve greater recognition for their work and achievements. Our judges will be looking for five exceptional individuals, who will each receive:

  • a free place on a Leadership Trust's leadership in management programme worth up to £3,500.
  • a free place at an ACEVO event of their choice in 2018.
  • a pack of leadership publications and our annual pay survey.
  • an ACEVO mentor.
  • a personalised leadership development plan.

The fellowships will be awarded at the ACEVO AGM in December where winners are celebrated for their contribution to the sector.

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.

We would like to thank the Leadership Trust Foundation 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.

Who are the ACEVO fellows?

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


Gail Gibbon                                                                      CEO - Sheffield Futures
Adrian Ramsay CEO - Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Anita Grover CEO - Auditory Verbal UK
Jane Bake

Director of service innovation and integration - St. Barnabas Hospice

Trish McGrath CEO - Aberystwyth University Students' Union
Gemma Holding (Judges' Recognition) CEO - Cancer Support UK


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

Jo Beaumont (Judges’ Recognition)

CEO – Community Transport

Jessica Taplin (Judges’ Recognition)

CEO – Get Connected