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Association of Charitable Foundations appoints Carol Mack as CEO

Association of Charitable Foundations appoints Carol Mack as CEO

Carol Mack has been appointed as CEO of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) following 12 years as its deputy chief executive, and replacing current CEO David Emerson.

At ACF, Mack has been instrumental in developing the organisation’s strategy, ensuring its financial stability and overseeing its role as an advocate for trusts and foundations throughout the UK.

Prior to joining ACF, Mack advised charities on governance and charity law, and national policy formulation at the Charity Commission for England & Wales. She also has experience in grass-roots charities and the commercial sector where she began her career in the international trading and refining division of an oil company. In a voluntary capacity she is Chair of the Wales Funders Forum, Vice Chair of Tree Aid, and a former member of the Audit Committee at Victim Support.

Mack said:

“Effective foundations are essential to the health and diversity of civil society and I look forward to working on their behalf to maintain and enhance a policy and operating environment that supports their vital work.“

David Emerson CBE added:

“Carol’s work over the last decade speaks for itself. As the organisation enters a new strategic period Carol will offer the continuity, clear-sighted leadership and fresh vision that is needed to ensure ACF continues to go from strength-to-strength. I know she will be extremely effective in supporting the membership in their commitment to their own missions and in their support for civil society.”

Mack takes up the role in December.

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Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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