The Association of County Chief Executives (ACCE) brings together the Chief Executives of 38 large English upper tier and unitary authorities. Members of ACCE work to identify common challenges, commission research and share solutions, and discuss key issues with senior Whitehall Civil Servants.

ACCE are supported by, and aligned with, the County Councils Network (CCN). The CCN is the national voice of 36 county and county unitary authorities across England. It is a special interest group of the Local Government Association, located in Smith Square, Westminster. CCN provides policy development, communications and public affairs support to ACCE.

For ACCE policy, media or general enquiries contact james.maker2@local.gov.uk.


To ensure ACCE is an influential and respected network of County Chief Executives, supporting personal and professional development and raising the common challenges faced by county authorities, advocating innovative policy solutions that promote public service excellence in local government and the wider public sector.


To influence the debate on the future of public services, drawing on the experience and expertise of our members to ensure that policy and legislation enables county authorities to have the powers and resources to meet the needs of their residents and aspirations of their local political leaders.

Our Objectives
  • Influence public policy at national level

Act as the voice for Officers in County Councils and Unitary Counties, advocating and representing members’ views across Whitehall and to key influencers.

  • Sharing best practice & professional development

Share intelligence and best practice to support ACCE members. Provide a forum for county chief executives personal and professional development and peer-to-peer learning.

  • Building collaborative networks

Work in a collaborative and open way with organisations with common interests, while building alliances with other local authority representative bodies and public sector stakeholders.

  • Produce original research and innovative policy solutions

Produce or commission original research to support the advocacy of innovative policy solutions and organisational development of county authorities.

  • Enhance the profile of ACCE

Raise the profile of ACCE through development of strong, impactful and consistent communications alongside a targeted public affairs strategy.