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Last updated October 2019

Our Staff

Meet your friendly team at ACO

Donal Watkin - Chief Executive

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.

Hannah Page  - Marketing & Communications Manager 

Hannah manages the digital and content strategy for ACO. This includes managing the website and its content, and overseeing ACO's social media accounts and developing its use for the organisation and its members. Hannah also manages ACO's PR campaign One Day Changes Lives and the PR working group, marketing opportunities and writes and edits editions of our newsletter Charity News Review. 

Hannah worked in a media production company for five years, where she was responsible for their in-house PR, content creation and licencing. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Assistant for The Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick Law School, assisting the centre with creating reports and resources for charities and public bodies in the Coventry area. After completing her Law Degree at The University at Warwick, she also spent time working for the charity Asylum Aid.

Marie Claire Bijeje - Administrator

Claire manages the Administration, Membership and Finance for ACO. She also organises the many events run by the ACO throughout the year, and is responsible for distributing information on job vacancies for ACO members and uploading job adverts to our website. After completing her degree in Business Administration, Claire worked in the private and voluntary sectors. She has done voluntary work for several charities, and has a passion for philanthropy.