Association of Chief Executives is an independent member-led organisation, which exists to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services in the United Kingdom. ACE is open to Chief Executives and Senior Managers of government Executive Agencies, Trading Funds, Non-Departmental Public Bodies and Non-Ministerial Departments. Top managers within related government funded organisations can apply for membership but are subject to the approval of the ACE Executive Board. ACE promotes effective government and provides networking and learning opportunities for its members.

Offer of reduced subscription!

The Association of Chief Executives is offering organisations that have not been a member of ACE in the past three years discounted membership, from £695 down to £500. Through a programme of unique and carefully tailored seminars and events, ACE facilitates an environment for members to identify best practice and work together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services, by drawing on the perspectives of its members, ACE is able to provide impartial information, expert advice and guidance to Government on the role of arm’s-length bodies in the delivery and reform of public services. Membership includes the opportunity for both the Chief Executive and up to six of their direct reports to attend events and participate in our work throughout the year. For further information, please contact secretariat@associationofchiefexecutives.org.uk


Throughout the year ACE organises a number of networking events including discussion forums with key civil servants, seminars on current topics and regional member meet member social events.


ACE provides it Members with opportunities to attend free or subsidised learning and development events throughout the membership year. We also publish ACE Reporter, which provides members with best practice exchanges and information on new innovations.


Latest Resources and Publications

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    Cabinet Office Rules on Lobbying for Non-Departmental Public Bodies

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    Commercial Capability for Public Bodies

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ACE was formed to provide a support network for senior management within UK government arm's length bodies who between them employ 85% of the UK civil service, our network is regarded as an essential support package for top managers within government.



A number of resources are available to ACE members, these can include Cabinet Office reports, ACE newsletters, the latest updates on civil service reform and any relevant case studies.