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ACO Annual Conference 2018

Association of Charitable Organisations

Friday, 27 April 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 (BST)

ACO Annual Conference 2018

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ACO Annual Conference 2018

                        One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

                                    Friday 27th April 2018. 9.30am to 5.30pm



The New Normal


Charitable organisations like everyone else can struggle to keep up in a rapidly changing world. In the last decade we have experienced major shifts in the economy and the world of work. The very nature of charity is changing as we struggle with welfare reform and the realisation that work is no longer a guaranteed path out of poverty. Join us for the sector’s event of the year to network with your peers, share your experience and hear from a panel of expert speakers. Kindly sponsored by ACO Corporate member Quilter Cheviot.





9.30am    Arrival and Registration


10.00am  Welcome from the Chair


10.05am  Market report from Quilter Cheviot Investment Management


10.30am  Keynote speaker: Polly Mackenzie, Director at Demos

Polly joined Demos - Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank - as Director in January 2018. Prior to Demos Polly worked as a business journalist; Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP and for Nick Clegg, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15. After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.


11.00am  Coffee Break and Networking


11.30am  Keynote speaker: Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive at NCVO

Stuart was appointed Chief Executive of NCVO in 1994. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity. He is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the Chair of London United. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Patron's Fund and chaired a cross party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising. Throughout his career he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.


12.15pm  Keynote speaker: Faisel Rahman OBE, Fair Finance
Faisel has worked in the field of financial exclusion for nearly 20 years. Initially with the Grameen and World Bank in Bangladesh, for the last 17 years he focused  his work in the UK and Europe. In 2000 he set up the first microcredit program in London’s east end and in 2005 launched Fair Finance, a social enterprise tackling financial exclusion in the UK. Faisel was elected President of the European Microfinance Network (2010-15) and writes an occasional column for the Guardian Newspaper on issues around financial exclusion. In 2007 he was elected an Ashoka Fellows and in 2009 was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2014 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to Community Finance. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London. Faisel is a member of the Finance, Money Advice, Staffing and Operations Committees.


1.00pm    Lunch and networking


2.00pm  Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, where she leads the work of the organisation in its mission to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing social and economic inequality. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of York. In her previous role, she established a vibrant equalities function at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, founded the Safer Schools Network and led the union's work on anti-bullying, child poverty, social mobility and violence against women and girls. Between 2006-2012, she worked with business and trade unions at unionlearn, the TUC’s learning project, funded by governments of all hues.


2.30pm  Helen Barnard, Head of Analysis at Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Helen works on projects about income and benefits, work, people and society and leads JRF’s data monitoring and analysis team, which provides analysis of social, economic and publicpolicy trends and changes affecting people and places in poverty. Her areas of expertise include work, unemployment, benefits & tax credits and education.


3.00pm   Tea and networking


3.30pm   Alan Bryce Head of Development & Operational Intelligence at the

              Charity Commission

Alan takes a strategic lead working in partnership with charities and key stakeholders to develop the capability and capacity of the sector to tackle fraud. He is the former Head of Counter Fraud at the Audit Commission and is the former chair of The European Institute for Countering Corruption And Fraud, is a CPFA accredited investigator and former police officer.


4.00pm  Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE

Craig is the author of two best-selling business book for social entrepreneurs, is a regular columnist for The Guardian, Third Sector and MJ magazine and a sought-after public speaker. Craig is a Mutuals Ambassador for UK Government's Cabinet Office and on the Board & Investment Committee of Impetus-PEF, the UK's foremost venture-philanthropy organisation.


4.30pm - 5.30pm Drinks Reception


Do you have questions about ACO Annual Conference 2018? Contact Association of Charitable Organisations

When & Where

One Great George Street
1, Great George Street
SW1P 3AA London
United Kingdom

Friday, 27 April 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 (BST)

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Association of Charitable Organisations

The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) is the national UK umbrella body for Trusts and Foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals in need.

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