Donal Watkin – Chief Executive

Donal is Chief Executive of ACO and responsible for all strategic, governance and operational aspects of ACO, as well as managing relationships between our members and corporate partners.

Donal began his career with not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland and the U.S. before moving to the U.K. membership sector. There he worked with organisations ranging from the CBI to global professional services networks, developing and supporting their growth and encouraging greater collaboration levels between members. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ulster and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Kent.

Donal brings extensive experience in the leadership and senior management of membership organisations, with a focus on strategic planning, marketing communication and membership development and retention. He also sits as Trustee of both Mid-Kent MIND and Borden Grammar School.