Our people

Vicky Browning, CEO

Vicky joined ACEVO as CEO in January 2017 after nearly seven years as director at CharityComms, the membership network for communications professionals in UK charities.

A former magazine journalist, editor and publisher, Vicky worked at Haymarket Publishing, the UK's largest privately owned publishing company for 16 years during the nineties and noughties. She was publishing director of a host of business titles including Third Sector and ad-industry bible Campaign, as well as spending two years in New York heading the launch team of internet marketing title Revolution US. Vicky then enjoyed six years as an independent publishing consultant.

Vicky’s role is to work with the ACEVO team and trustees to support, empower and encourage our sector leaders in their ambition to create change.

Jenny Berry, Director of Leadership and Governance


Jenny Berry was appointed as Director of ACEVO North and Leadership Development in April 2008, to lead on the expansion of ACEVO’s influence and support services in the regions. Jenny also leads on Professional and Leadership Development for ACEVO, which includes developing our suite of leadership courses, advising members with mentoring and coaching arrangements, and supporting members through any difficulties or crises they may have.

Previously, Jenny’s 25 year career in the Third Sector took her to the role of CEO of the CTA (Community Transport Association) a UK wide membership body based in the Manchester, with over 2500 members across the UK.

Jenny is an active volunteer for 2 charities and remains in touch with the world of community transport as a Trustee of Community Transport UK Ltd. She is also a Board member of the Three Rings charity. Jenny is champion lead of the Leadership 2020 Commission and also sat on the ACEVO Governance Commission. 

Pete Johnson, Head of Business Development


As Head of Business Development, Pete is responsible for managing income generation for Acevo and Acevo members. Over the past 12 years Pete has worked for corporates, start-ups and charities. He brings a wealth of experience in the areas of sales and marketing, innovation, events, sponsorship and corporate partnerships.

With continual big-picture thinking and strategic development, Pete uses skills that are more commonly found in a start-up environment, to grow business for Acevo and corporates that wish to work in the charity and voluntary sector.

Christina Heap, Head of Membership


Christina has more than ten years’ experience in developing memberships for charity and public sector senior leaders.  

She is attracted by the opportunity to support such a huge variety of inspiring and dynamic social leaders focused on making positive change. 

Strengthening our regional, peer-to-peer engagement is one of her top priorities – as we recognise that this is something that Members really value.

Kristiana Wrixon, Head of Research


Kristiana is responsible for researching the issues that mean the most to ACEVO members and for developing policies that will enable charity leaders to drive forward positive change in their organisations and communities

Kristiana is passionate about civil society and has worked in voluntary and paid, frontline and policy positions within the sector for 8 years, primarily in the fields of suicide prevention and violence against women and girls. Prior to that she worked in the police service for two years. Her previous achievements include setting up and manging the National Stalking Helpline, and working on the successful campaign to criminalise stalking in England and Wales.

Kristiana brings a frontline understanding of the daily challenges faced by senior leaders in the charity sector and a commitment to listening and working with members in order to formulate policy that helps them lead more effectively.