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Annual Conference 2020 - Annual Conference 2020
Last updated October 2020

ACO Annual Conference 2020: Navigating through Challenging Times

We are pleased to announce that this year’s ACO Annual Conference will be running in a virtual format through three half-day morning sessions: Monday 5 October – Wednesday 7 October.

We’d all agree 2020 has been a turbulent year for the charity sector!

Join us from 5-7 October for the virtual ACO Annual Conference – kindly supported by Smith & Williamson - bringing together colleagues from benevolent funds and grant-making charities throughout the sector to reflect, debate and re-energise through a series of envigorating panels, session and workshops.

Core sessions include:

  • Keynote Panel discussions: “Where Now for the Charity Sector?” and “Appliance Poverty – Living Without During Covid-19”;
  • Navigating the Crisis and Preparing for the Second Wave;
  • Considering Diversified Income;
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Sector;

We will also run standalone workshops including Charity Mergers and Collaboration; Grant Management in a Digital World; Getting Back to Work After Lockdown – HR Perspectives and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing.

Registration fees (ACO members £25/ACO Corporate Partners £30/Non-members £35) have been set deliberately low to encourage maximum participation from member and non-member charities for this digital event and provide full access to all three daily sessions. In addition, we are offering 4 registrations for the price of 3 for multiple purchases. Please contact  if you wish to take advantage of this offer.

Registrations now open on Eventbrite.

Register Here

ACO Annual Conference 2020: Programme

Day 1: Monday 5 October (9.30am – 12.30pm)

9.30am: Welcome and Introduction (D’Arcy Myers, Chair/Donal Watkin, Chief Executive)

9.45am: Global market outlook and losing our marbles in UK-EU trade talks (Daniel Casali, Chief Investment Strategist, Smith & Williamson)

10.15am: Where Now for the Charity Sector? – panel discussion including:

Rachael Maskell MP (Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector and Charities)

Debra Allcock-Tyler (CEO – Directory of Social Change)

Joseph Howes (CEO - Buttle UK)

Simon Gillespie (former CEO - British Heart Foundation)

11.00am: Break

11.30am : Navigating the Crisis and Preparing for the Second Wave – sharing ACO member perspectives and experiences through the Covid-19 pandemic

12.30pm: Close

Day 2: Tuesday 6 October (9.30am – 1.00pm)

9.30am: Optimising your existing endowment income stream (Philip Kelly, Associate Director – Investment Management, Smith &Williamson)

10.00am: Rebuilding Income Streams – Culture of Philanthropy

10.45am: Developing your legacy income - Farewill

11.00am: Break

11.30am: Contactless fundraising - TapSimple

11.45am: Cardless cash solutions – Pin4

12.00am : How Can Charities Better Reflect the People They Serve? – Building Diversity and Inclusion in the Sector

1.00pm : Close

Day 3: Wednesday 7 October (9.00am – 1.00pm)

9.00am: Appliance Poverty: Living Without During Covid-19 – panel discussion including:

Piers French – Chair (AO Business)

Jamie Greer (Turn2Us)

Cheryl Ward (Family Fund)

Claire Donovan (Furniture Resource Centre)

9.45am: Charity Mergers and Collaborations – Russell-Cooke LLP

10.30am: Grant Management in a digital world – Pangaea Consulting

11.15am: Break

11.30am: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing – Smith & Williamson

12.15pm: Getting Back to Work After Lockdown – Croner HR

1.00pm: Conference Summary & Close

With thanks to Smith & Williamson as official event sponsor