Chair of the Board

  • Job Reference: Peridot/ACEVO
  • Date posted: 19 July 2018
  • Recruiter: ACEVO
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education/Training, Intermediary, Other, Umbrella, Support & Volunteering, Information Management & Services
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

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.

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For an informal discussion about the role contact our advising consultants: Grant Taylor on 07958 690184 or or Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497 or

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