Acevo chief executive to step down

Vicky Browning says she will leave the charity leaders body in May

Vicky Browning

Vicky Browning has announced she will step down as chief executive of the charity leaders body Acevo in May. 

Browning, who has led the membership body for five years, said she planned to take a career break over the summer rather than moving on to a new role immediately. 

Recruitment for her replacement will begin on 31 January. 

Browning, who was previously chief executive of the communications membership body CharityComms, took over the role of Acevo chief executive from Sir Stephen Bubb, who had led the organisation for 15 years

In a statement, Browning described her time at the head of Acevo as “fantastic”, and said her mission when she arrived had been to transform the organisation, 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,” she said.

“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.”

Browning said she would use her time off over the summer as “space to think about the next direction my career is going to take”.

She told Third Sector there were no plans for an interim chief executive, because her long notice period would mean there would be minimal gap between her departure and her successor’s arrival, adding that she believed “the team is more than capable of running the show for that time”.

In a statement, Rosie Ferguson, chair of Acevo, said the organisation had gone from strength to strength under Browning’s leadership, with an increase in members from 1,100 to nearly 1,700 and its member retention rate increasing from 64 per cent to 84 per cent. 

Ferguson also said that, after successive historic deficits, the charity had a robust business model, was in a strong cash position and had delivered a surplus budget every year since 2017. 

“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,” she said. 

“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 chief executive can support civil society leaders to make the biggest possible difference in the years ahead.”

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