Cohort one

2019 - 2020 Jane Slowey memorial members

Eight women leaders have been selected for cohort one (2019/2020) of the Jane Slowey memorial membership. Each recipient of the Jane Slowey memorial membership receives full ACEVO membership, a mentor, four learning/networking/training days with fellow cohorts, and two annual dinners with fellow cohorts. The members of the first cohort will become ‘buddies’ to the second cohort starting in 2021. 

It was inspiring and humbling to read all the applications for the Jane Slowey memorial memebership. The selection panel was particularly impressed by the willingness of the candidates to express their vulnerabilities as well as their aspirations and ambitions.

Vicky Browning, chief executive, ACEVO

About the recipients:

Ropinder has been working in the charity sector for 17 years and she is now leading an organisation delivering specialist services to people affected by lymphoma. She is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring strategy for the effective delivery of operational and strategic goals. Ropinder will be mentored by Nick Wilkie, chief executive, National Childbirth Trust and Joanna Elson, CEO, Money Advice Trust.

“I’m grateful and delighted to be given this exciting opportunity to be mentored by leading figures from the charity sector.”

Karen is the director of Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS). PAFRAS support Asylum seekers who are destitute or at risk of destitution who have no access to housing or benefits and are not allowed to work. Karen will be mentored by Helen Marshall, chief executive, Brook and Jane Stafford, CEO, Hull University Union Ltd.

“I was so pleased to see this scheme focusing specifically on developing women in leadership roles.”

Jilna wants to be able to convey the intersections of migration, race and gender with clarity and boldness. When she was co-director at the Migrants’ Rights Network, she managed a project that coordinated campaigns and advocacy aimed at dismantling the hostile environment for migrants in London. Jilna will be mentored by Thomas Lawson, chief executive, Leap Confronting Conflict.

“I can’t wait to implement all of the learning at my organisation.”

Emily wants to be a catalyst for change among the autistic community, helping people with autism to live and achieve the lives they very much deserve in the face of adversity. To achieve this, she founded a social enterprise start-up during her BA at the University of Sheffield: a micro-specialised recruitment agency that aims to get young autistic adults into sustainable employment. Emily will be mentored by Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of Gingerbread.

“I’m so excited for the years to come, to continue the legacy of such an incredible woman and create a lasting impact that will really help shape the future for the better.”

Carol has extensive international work experience and has been using her entrepreneurial and analytical skills within the charity sector for the past 10 years. She is a founding member of Money4Youth, an organisation that equips individuals and grassroots organisations in the UK and Africa with financial education and entrepreneurial skills. Carol will be mentored by Rosemary Watt-Wyness, chief executive, London Youth.

“It is a huge honour to be given this opportunity to excel and to help to inspire others in the future.” 

Ciara has recently secured her first CEO role in the sector after 10 years as a voluntary board member. She leads an all-female team and wants to grow the organisation over the next few years, which will include implementing a digital transformation. Ciara will be mentored by Matt Hyde, chief executive of Scouts.

I am looking forward to meeting others in my position and sharing our stories as well as learning from other more experienced CEOs.

Tara became the director of UNA Exchange in August 2017, her first year involved securing significant funds to ensure the charity’s continuing viability, as well as restructuring to address high staff turnover. As director, she was responsible for risk, performance and financial management, working closely with trustees to ensure compliance and good governance. In 2020 the organisation merged with Peace forces. Tara will be mentored by Matt Stevenson-Dodd, chief executive, Street League.

“I very much look forward to a challenging and stimulating year ahead of personal and professional growth with ACEVO.”

Precious decided to start a social enterprise while doing her MA on charity management after realising that there were significant issues within the charity sector that needed to be addressed, such as under representation of BAME individuals and the falling levels of public trust. Her aim is to work with charities to advance responsible organisational practices, which will help improve the sector as a whole. Precious will be mentored by Charlotte Hill, chief executive, Step Up to Serve.

“I feel greatly honoured to be associated with the legacy of Jane Slowey, who advocated for gender equality in third sector leadership.”

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