Welcome from Joe Irvin, chair

This is an exciting time for ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Having celebrated 30 years of supporting, championing and connecting civil society leaders, we move into our fourth decade with a new CEO, Vicky Browning, a new three year strategy, and a newly engaged membership.

We’re now looking for a new chair who shares our values and has the commitment and passion to lead our trustee board, providing strategic vision, scrutiny and support that will allow the organisation, its team and our members to thrive.

ACEVO's network of around 1,100 individuals includes the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations and social enterprises, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits. We our proud of our network, and our members are at the centre of everything ACEVO does.

Our vision is to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference. Together with our network, we inspire and support civil society leaders through connections, advocacy and skills.

We’re looking for someone with good chairing skills, a strategic approach and a commitment to good governance. As our chair, you’ll be committed to working with the board and team to drive forward our new strategic plan, built around our refreshed vision and purpose. But you’ll also have the foresight to ensure ACEVO is fit to face the future, which may include challenging times for membership organisations, our members and indeed civil society itself.

Investing in civil society’s leaders – whether through encouraging peer support and sharing good practice, by offering leadership development opportunities, or by reinforcing leaders’ mental health and resilience – is an effective way of both protecting and increasing the impact of civil society.

We want to improve member engagement in our policy and development work so that members’ voices are at the centre of all our decisions. We are driven by their needs and their potential to achieve change. Our new chair will share our commitment to champion, develop and support excellent leadership within civil society organisations.

As a chair you will have an enabling and inclusive approach, able to bring the best out of board members and the executive team. We’re looking for a depth of experience, but a lightness of touch – at ACEVO we believe that good governance should be energising and exciting.

Like us, you’ll understand the value of connections – you’ll share our belief that we achieve more through bringing people together, building the relationships and networks that generate confidence and belief. You’ll have a good understanding of the key issues facing civil society CEOs, and the policy and media environment in which they operate.

And you’ll be someone who is rooted in civil society, who values the sector’s role in society and ACEVO’s role in the sector, and believes in the power of civil society’s leaders to make the world a better place.

We’re keen to encourage applications from as diverse a range of candidates as possible, though applicants must be full or associate members of ACEVO at the time of application.

Interviews are due to take place on 5 October, and the successful appointment will be ratified at our December AGM, so there will time to overlap with me as the retiring chair and join our board away day on 9 October.

If you want to discuss if this role is for you, or have any questions, we encourage you to contact our consultants at Peridot Partners.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Joe Irvin, Chair

ABOUT Acevo

ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. For 30 years, we have provided support, development and an inspiring, collective campaigning voice for our members across the UK. ACEVO's network of over 1,100 individuals includes the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits. 

ACEVO's vision is to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference. Together with our network we inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills.

Our leaders drive positive change in their organisations and in their communities, and our peer-to-peer network supports and encourages them at every step of their career. We offer our members exclusive access to Personal Development Opportunities and mentoring tailored to senior leadership roles; networking and learning events; business advice lines and discounted professional services  delivered by our expert partners and advice and support when you need it most. 

Through our policy work, we represent our members' interests in key areas of importance to the third sector and our members' work - and together we offer a decisive voice that shapes the agenda on the ground, at the local level and in concert with national media and government. Membership is open to charity and social enterprise chief executives, to ambitious senior directors, to chairs and to trustees. 

Our values are to be:

Member-driven:  We involve our members and include them in our thinking. We are driven by their needs and their potential to achieve change. 

Connected:  We achieve more through bringing people together, building the relationships and networks that generate confidence and belief.

Ambitious:  We are bold, confident, energetic and vibrant. We are both agile and entrepreneurial in leading and supporting our members in the challenges ahead. 

Honest:  We always act with integrity and in the best interests of our members. We do what we say we will do and are open about both our objectives and our impact.

Currently Joe Irvin is Chair and the Board of Trustees meets four times a year plus a strategic away day.

For further information about us visit our website and view the links below;

about the role

Chair of the Board of ACEVO
Meetings are held in Central London 
Unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be paid
Time Commitment: 2-3 days per month

ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, has been supporting, championing and connecting civil society leaders for over 30 years. With our new CEO, Vicky Browning, a new three-year strategy, and a newly engaged membership of over 1,100 individuals, it is an exciting time to join us on our journey. In fact, this is our moment. You can take a leading role in driving social change through adding value to the more influential role of ACEVO in promoting increased competence and growing confidence in our civil society. 

Our diverse membership currently benefits from exclusive personal development opportunities, mentoring tailored to senior leadership roles, networking & learning events, discounted professional services and a range of advice & support. Our new strategy will further develop the skills and competence of civil society leaders; showcase good leadership; better support and connect more leaders; enable more peer-to-peer support, and amplify the voices of our members and represent their interests civil society leaders. Improving member engagement in our policy and development work is key to ensuring that our members’ voices are at the centre of all our decisions, and so we can maximise their potential to achieve social change.

We have an active and highly-engaged board and need a Chair who understands our sector’s role in society, and ACEVO’s role in supporting the sector. In order to get the best out of board members and the executive team, your civil society experience and profile will give you credibility, and your leadership style be both enabling and inclusive. You will value diversity, actively promote it, and help ACEVO and civil society more broadly to benefit from wider influence and engagement.

You will need to demonstrate your ability to help us build strong, long-lasting partnerships as, like us, you’ll understand the value of networks and share our belief that we achieve more through bringing people together. Building the relationships that generate increased confidence and belief in our sector is the aim, and opportunity to leave a real legacy on our society.

In promoting ACEVO as the voice of civil society chief executives, and in the support of members’ interests, you may at times need to be an ambassador for ACEVO in Westminster and other public forums, so the ability to influence people at all levels is important.

An understanding of the key issues facing civil society CEOs, ACEVO’s purpose and a deep-seated empathy for the sector as a whole, combined with a collaborative and energetic style, previous chairing experience and an appreciation  of good governance will position you well for this role.

Our Board meets 4 times a year in Central London including a strategic away day.

ACEVO is committed to improving diversity in civil society leadership and we strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Applicants must be full or associate members of ACEVO at the time of application, so not being a current member is not a barrier as long as you have committed to joining ACEVO at the time of making your application.

For an informal discussion about the role contact our advising consultants: Grant Taylor on 07958 690184 or grant@peridotpartners.co.uk or Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497 or jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 10th September 2018.

 



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