ACF announces Janet Morrison as new Chair

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has announced that its new chair will be Janet Morrison.

Janet, who is currently Chief Executive of the older people’s charity Independent Age, will formally take up the role in November, taking over from outgoing Chair Amanda Jordan OBE who has been Chair since 2014 and has reached the end of her term.

Janet is a sector leader with extensive experience in transformational change, social innovation, social finance and policy development.

Currently the Chair of the Baring Foundation, Janet is also Chair and founder of the Campaign to End Loneliness and Director of Reconnections Ltd.

The appointment comes alongside that of David Renton, Director of Finance and Investment, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, who will take up the role of Treasurer.

Commenting on the appointment, ACF CEO Carol Mack said:

We are thrilled to welcome Janet as our new Chair. Her skill set and experience will be invaluable in helping to drive and guide the organisation as it continues its development. ACF believes passionately in foundations as a source of social good and is committed to helping them to be ambitious and effective; I’ve no doubt Janet’s appointment will help us in this mission over the coming years. I would also like to pay tribute to the incredible work of our outgoing Chair, Amanda, who has been an inspirational and supportive leader during a vital period for the organisation.

Janet Morrison said:

I am immensely pleased to be taking on the role of Chair at ACF, an organisation that offers invaluable support and challenge to the sector. Foundation funding is an increasingly vital mechanism through which we maintain a robust and plural civil society, and, as such, a strong and thriving ACF is more necessary than ever. I look forward to the opportunities ahead and to building on the excellent work of the existing board and the executive team.

Amanda Jordan OBE said:

I am delighted Janet will be the new ACF Chair. There are exciting times ahead for ACF and I am in no doubt that she is the right person for the next stage of the journey. Janet will inherit an incredibly dedicated and talented board and staff team, and I would like to put on record how much I have enjoyed working with both over the last few years.


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The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is the membership association for foundations and grant-making charities in the UK.

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