About us

ACEVO's vision is to see great leaders making the biggest difference.

Through our network, we inspire and empower civil society leaders to provide the vision, energy and leadership needed to change the world for the better.

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.

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 eventsbusiness helplines for immediate expert advice; discounted professional services delivered by our 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. 

ACEVO's team strives to be:

Member-driven: listening and responding to our members

Forward-looing: taking an entrepreneurial approach to anticipating and leading our members in the challenges and opportunities ahead

Vibrant: energetic and confident in ourselves and our members

Connected: maximising the power and opportunities of our peer-to-peer network