ACO Annual Conference 2023: 27th September

Join us for our biggest event of the year! Our annual conference, Embracing Change: How Innovation is Transforming Financial and Well-being Support will bring together members from across the growing ACO network to share and recognise the tremendous efforts made by our member charities.

22nd September 2023 / 05:22AM

Embracing Change: How Innovation is Transforming Financial and Well-being Support. 

We are excited to announce this years’ Annual Conference.

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Date: 27th September, 9.00-18.00
Venue: 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB

The event will also incorporate the 2023 Annual Awards Ceremony.

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9.00-9.30am: Registration

9.30am: Introduction: Donal Watkin, Chief Executive, ACO

9.45: Sponsor Welcome: Caroline Gee Business Development Director, Evelyn Partners

10.10am: Navigating Change: Will Digital Innovation Reshape the Charity Sector?

  • Chair: Jonathan Chevalier, Chief Executive, Charity Digital
  • Ren Yi Hooi, Chief Executive, Lightning Reach
  • Jodie Gill, Chief Operating Officer, caba
  • Isobel Thomas, Head of Community Engagement and Experience, Good Things Foundation
  • Alison Davies – Head of Service Development and Delivery, Family Fund

11.00am: Break

11.20am: Breakout Session: Current Issues in Financial and Well-being Support

12.00pm: The Power of Data: Delivering Transparency and Best Practice

  • David Locke, Director of Finance and Operations, RABI
  • Tania Cohen, Chief Executive, 360Giving

12.30pm: Lunch Buffet

13.30pm: Collaboration Spotlight: Fostering Partnerships and Building Relationships

  • Manjeev Muker, Individual Grants Manager, Longleigh Foundation & Anne-Marie Bancroft, Principal Consultant, Altair Foundation
  • Lionheart & Nudge, Jo Grant, Training and Wellbeing Project Development Manager, Lionheart
  • Access Social Care Presentation, Kari Gerstheimer, Chief Executive, Access Social Care
  • Update from EDI Group, Joe Howes, Chief Executive, Buttle & Alison Wyman, Chief Executive, Actors Benevolent Fund

14.30pm: Navigating Tomorrow: Evolving Financial and Well-being Support

  • Sarah Davies, Director of Charitable Services, Clergy Support Trust
  • Sarah McLoughlin, Director of Programmes & Partnerships, Turn2Us & Jules Tompkins, Head of National Grants Programme, Turn2Us

15.10pm: Break

15.20pm: The New Normal: How Charities are adapting to a flexible working culture

  • Chair, Claire Campbell, Consultancy Director, Timewise
  • Jane Petit, Chief Executive, Foothold
  • Flavia Gapper, Director of Help, Advice and Service, Charity for Civil Servants
  • Stuart Milliner, Head of Merrfield Consultants, Merrifield Consultants

16.05pm: Closing remarks and short break

16.20pm: ACO Annual Awards 2023

17.00pm: Drinks Reception

18.00pm: Close


Please note that we are unable to issue a refund for tickets within a week of the conference. If you are unable to attend please make contact by 20th September.

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