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Hidden Leaders

Hidden Leaders: Disability leadership in civil society explores how ACEVO, and other senior leaders in the voluntary sector, can create a more disability-inclusive approach to leadership. The report was commissioned by ACEVO to support its aim of creating a more disability-inclusive staff team, board and membership.

Co-authored by disability activist Zara Todd and third sector researcher Ellie Munro, Hidden Leaders draws on new desk-based research conducted for this project, and ten in-depth interviews to provide recommendations for ACEVO, and other voluntary sector organisations that want to build more disability-inclusive approaches to leadership.

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A scoping review comprised of desk-based research was also completed to inform the recommendations in Hidden Leaders. Accessing Leadership: supporting disabled leaders and future leaders in the voluntary sector summarises what is already known about disabled voluntary sector leaders.

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We have published both reports because we think it is important for ACEVO to be acting transparently and because we hope it will be helpful to other charities that may also be looking to improve equity, diversity and inclusion. However, much of the content in the report is specific to ACEVO and we have therefore produced a briefing to highlight the key learning points that are also relevant to other civil society organisations.

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At #ACEVOFest in November 2020, disability equality and human rights consultant Zara Todd discussed research she has carried out for ACEVO on supporting disabled leaders and how civil society leaders can build more disabled inclusive workplaces.

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Front cover of the Hidden Leaders report, shows a blurry image of ACEVO members congregated at the annual conference