Acevo appoints former Navca leader as next chief executive

Jane Ide will succeed Vicky Browning at the end of May

Jane Ide
Jane Ide

The charity leaders body Acevo has appointed Jane Ide as its next chief executive.

Ide, who was head of the local infrastructure body Navca between June 2017 and November 2020, was until last month chief executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, a charity that works to create fair and inclusive opportunities within the creative and cultural sectors.

She will succeed Vicky Browning, who is stepping down at the end of May after five years in post.

Ide was a founding co-chair of the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, which was set up in 2018 after the Grenfell Tower fire to provide co-ordination among local and national organisations responding to crises.

She joined Navca in September 2016 as head of member engagement before being promoted to chief executive, and previously held various senior roles in the NHS. She is also a former director of engagement and communication at the Driving Standards Agency.

Ide was appointed OBE for services to volunteering and charity in 2021.

“I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to lead such a fantastic membership body and to build on the legacy that Vicky has created during her time with Acevo,” said Ide.

“Acevo’s core strength is its relationship with its members and the support it provides to our sector’s leaders every single day, and I am committed to maintaining and building that strength as the foundation for all that we do in the future.

“But there is also a really exciting opportunity – and a real need – to bring voices into our membership that we don’t currently hear, and to invest our energies into developing a truly diverse generation of future leaders.

“Acevo’s deep commitment to developing a fairer, more inclusive and more equitable sector is one of the many factors that drew me to the role and I believe we have the responsibility, the capability and the determination to really drive change in that area.”

Rosie Ferguson, chair of Acevo, said: “Jane brings a wealth of experience, energy and ambition to the role of Acevo chief executive, as well as a commitment to living our values and ensuring we continue to drive forward our agenda of promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the sector.

“She has leadership and communications experience in both the voluntary and public sector and a genuine commitment to delivering a valuable and impactful experience for Acevo’s members, working alongside members and the team to imagine, inspire and improve.”

Ide will join Acevo on 23 May.

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