Join ACEVO's board and help shape our future

We're looking for four trustees to join our board and help us take ACEVO forward into the next stage of its development. Two trustees will be elected by the ACEVO membership, and two will be co-opted by the current board.

If you share our vision of seeing civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference, and want to be part of the member-led board providing strategy, scrutiny and support for the CEO and executive team delivering our purpose, we'd love to hear from you.

All full members of ACEVO are eligible to stand for election and we’re keen to encourage as wide a range of applications as possible.

As ACEVO members we expect all interested candidates to bring their experience and skills as a charity/social enterprise chief executive, including expertise in strategy, governance and leadership. In addition, we are looking to recruit for specific skills and characteristics.

Having undertaken a skills and diversity audit of our existing trustees, the board would particularly welcome applications from members:

  • from black or Asian communities
  • who are disabled
  • with specific skills in digital transformation.

Preference will also be given to candidates who are

  • from charities based in the Midlands or Yorkshire & Humber areas
  • from charities working with older people or people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities
  • from charities with under £1m turnover.

Our values are to be member-driven, connected, ambitious and honest so the more you are able to demonstrate those attributes the better.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 4 October 2019.

If there are more than two candidates, applications will be assessed by a nominations committee of existing trustees who will draw up a shortlist to put forward for election by the full membership. The nominations committee comprises Rosie Ferguson (chair), Jehangir Malik and David Smith. The election will take place from Monday 21 October to Friday 8 November, with the results announced at ACEVO’s annual conference on 21 November.

Elected trustees will be invited to attend the 5 December board meeting as observers, at which the existing trustees will ratify the election result. The first official board meeting for new trustees will be in March 2020.

If you would like to stand, please download the board member job description and complete the nomination form, which includes your details plus those of a proposer and seconder (who should both be ACEVO members). We’re asking candidates to submit 350 words outlining why they wish to be an ACEVO trustee, what they will bring to the ACEVO board and how they meet the preferred skills and characteristics as identified by the current trustees. This will be used by the nominations committee during shortlisting, and shared with members in the election.

Nominations have now closed.