Interim Executive Service


ACOSVO’s Interim Executive Service provides third sector organisations with access to expert, experienced third sector Interim Executives to support leadership transition within your organisation. 

The service can be accessed both as a support to Chief Officers in times of need and also to support an organisation when there is a temporary gap in leadership. The Interim Executive Service also offers Senior Management support on a temporary basis. 


When, and why, would you utilise an Interim Executive?

Interim Executives can be deployed to:

  • Fill a temporary gap in leadership
  • Fill critical staffing gaps when the Chief Officer or a senior Director leaves
  • Support the departure of an outgoing leader, and recruitment process and induction of a new Chief Officer
  • Support a Chief Officer and/or organisation during a change management process
  • Support a Chief Officer when there is a temporary gap within their Senior Management Team (HR, Financial and Operations Directors)
  • Support the Chief Officer and/or organisation in times of crisis
  • Lead project management and organisational restructuring including mergers and acquisitions
  • Enable job shares, flexibility and family friendly working.


Interim Executives differ from consultants as they have a more ‘hands on’ approach.

The Interim Executive service offers a highly effective approach to succession planning. This in turn helps to ensure good risk management, leadership development, organisational resilience and preparation for successful leadership transition. Some of the benefits of good succession planning for a third sector organisation include:

  • Aligning staff development with strategic vision
  • Building leadership capacity within the organisation
  • Preparing and engaging the team in the change process
  • Making the top position more doable for the incoming leader
  • Engaging and reassuring the Board
  • Giving confidence to funders.


Who are the ACOSVO Interim Executives?

ACOSVO have developed a network of Interim Executives, who have the expertise and experience to support your organisation. Each of our Interim Executives have undergone training and a rigorous selection process.

The selection process involves:

  • Holding the relevant level of senior management experience (Director/Chief Executive level)
  • Successful completion of the ACOSVO Interim CEO Programme
  • Submitting an up to date CV with relevant and satisfactory references.


ACOSVO Interim Executives have a diverse range of skills and experience of working within the third sector. Typically our Interim Executives have previously worked as third sector Chief Officer’s for a number of years and/or have experience of crisis and change management, and interim placements. We have a pool of highly skilled candidates to support a wide range of third sector organisations. Our Interim Executives will focus on creating stability, providing effective leadership, promoting good management and supporting positive change. For more information about becoming an ACOSVO Interim Executive, please click here. 


What does the ACOSVO Interim Executive Service include?

ACOSVOs Interim Executive Service can be tailored to your needs. The programme of support will be agreed by you directly with the Interim Executive, and to ensure the best outcome.

ACOSVO offers the following support as part of the package:

  • Initial assessment / identify wants and requirements
  • Matching with Interim Executive
  • One to one support for Interim Executive for the first 25 days in post
  • Ongoing networking for Interim Executives.


A bespoke package can be offered at extra cost, with additional support in the following areas:

  • Supported selection of Interim Executive
  • Contingency planning options for Chairs
  • Board training and workshops to support leadership transitions
  • Staff training and workshops to support leadership transitions
  • First 100 Days package for new CEOs.


Further details about the benefits, and how to sign up to the Interim Executive Service, both for organisations and potential Interim Executives can be found through the links below.


Interim Executive Service - A Guide for Third Sector Organisations

ACOSVO Interim Executive Service - A Guide for Interim Executives 


For further information or to take the service forward, please contact the ACOSVO office on 0131 243 2755 or