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Vicky Browning to leave ACEVO after five years 

17 Jan 2022 News

Vicky Browning, outgoing CEO of ACEVO

Vicky Browning will leave ACEVO after five years as chief executive, saying that the “turnaround is complete”. 

She will leave the representative body for charity leaders at the end of May. Before joining ACEVO, she was director of CharityComms and plans to take a career break this summer. 

Browning said: “When I started at ACEVO, I set out to transform the organisation – to grow the membership, restore its reputation and bring financial stability. I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to do: the turnaround is complete and ACEVO is in a stable and healthy state, with a strong, reputable brand. 

“I’m so proud of what the team and I have achieved in that time. ACEVO has become a genuinely inspiring, supportive and collaborative community of sector leaders. I am humbled by the impact ACEVO members have on our world, and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them and support them over the past half decade.

“With a new strategy and a cracking team in place, there’s now the opportunity for someone new to take the organisation to the next stage.”

Increased membership 

Under her leadership ACEVO has increased its membership from 1,100 to nearly 1,700, with retention rate also improving from 64% to 84%. 

In the last full financial year, 2020-21, ACEVO made surplus of more than £100,000, with income at around £1m.  

Rosie Ferguson, chair of ACEVO, said: “Through this time, Vicky and her team have inspired a community of civil society leaders who have permission to be honest, collaborative and humble leaders, ensuring activities are driven by impact not ego. 

“They have driven forward critical discussions in the sector on equity, diversity and inclusion and on creating a safer sector. And Vicky has personally valued and nurtured constructive partnerships with our infrastructure sector peers. She leaves a strong platform from which a new CEO can support civil society leaders to make the biggest possible difference in the years ahead.”

ACEVO will advertise for a new leader at the end of January and has appointed Green Park to manage the process.

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