Association of Charitable Organisations appoints new chief executive

Donal Watkin will succeed Dominic Fox, who is to retire after nine years in the role

Donal Watkin
Donal Watkin

Donal Watkin is to succeed Dominic Fox as chief executive of the Association of Charitable Organisations, it was announced today.

Watkin will join the association, which is a national umbrella body for charities that give grants and support to people in need, on 1 November.

Fox is to retire after nine years as chief executive.

Watkin began his career with not-for-profit organisations in Northern Ireland and the US, but has recently acquired leadership experience in the professional services networks, the ACO said.

He was executive director of the executive search firm Penrhyn International until June this year and has also held senior roles at the accountancy firms MSI Global Alliance and Nexia International as well as the Confederation of British Industry.

He is also a trustee of the mental health charity Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind and Borden Grammar School in Kent.

"I am delighted to be offered the role of chief executive at the ACO during a time of change within the organisation," said Watkin in a statement.

"ACO has begun work on exciting projects, such as the One Day Changes Lives initiative to raise awareness of its charity members. I look forward to developing these campaigns, as well as continuing to increase the growth of ACO membership."

D’Arcy Myers, chair of the ACO, said in a statement that Fox had been "a valued chief executive and ambassador" for the organisation.

Founded in 1946, the association represents more than 100 charities, including ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

The association has undergone considerable changes this year, hiring new staff in communications, PR and administration and working on its first awareness day, called One Day Changes Lives, which highlights the work of grant-giving charities.

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