Acevo renews plans for black charity chiefs group

Acevo is to set up a special interest group for black chief executives after a similar attempt "withered on the vine" 18 months ago.

Chief executive Stephen Bubb said renewed interest from black members, including Turning Point's Victor Adebowale, had put the issue back on the agenda.

Adebowale called for an inquiry into the lack of diversity among charity heads in response to Third Sector research showing that only one chief executive in the top 50 charities is not white (Third Sector, 22 March).

The group will be led by Adebowale, Cedric Frederick of Adepta and Dinah Cox, head of Race on the Agenda and an Acevo board member.

"I was prompted to write to Stephen Bubb after I attended a series of Acevo conferences with few black faces in the audience," said Frederick. "The original group withered on the vine - now we have to revisit it.

"We haven't promoted ourselves to the BME talent out there. As a result, BME professionals will not have considered a career path in the not-for-profit sector."

- See Newsmaker, page 11.

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