Acevo appoints Gingerbread's Rosie Ferguson as next chair

Ferguson, chief executive of the charity for single parents, will take over from Joe Irvin on 6 December

Rosie Ferguson
Rosie Ferguson

The charity leaders body Acevo has named Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of the single parents charity Gingerbread, as its next chair.

Ferguson will take up the role on 6 December, replacing Joe Irvin, who became Acevo chair in July after Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, stepped down for personal reasons.

Irvin must relinquish the position in December because he will have reached the maximum six-year term as an Acevo trustee.

Ferguson, who has been chief executive of Gingerbread since February last year, previously held the same position at the young people’s charity London Youth.

She has been chair of two charities, the international volunteering charity UNA Exchange and the design charity the Glass-House Community Led Design.

Ferguson, who will be co-opted onto the Acevo board, takes up the role for a three-year term, with the possibility of a further three years.

She said in a statement: "I believe strongly in ensuring that the UK has a thriving civil society and am utterly committed to championing and developing excellent leadership within civil society organisations.

"I’m looking forward to working with the Acevo trustees and chief executive Vicky Browning and her team to deliver the new strategy and inspire and support civil society leaders to make the biggest possible difference."

Irvin, chief executive of Living Streets, the charity for pedestrians, said Ferguson was "passionate about leadership for social change".

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