Message from Kim Atkinson, Interim Convenor: 


Dear members,


Amidst such continual change and challenging times all around, I was keen to provide an update to you all from the ACOSVO Board in advance of our AGM.


Every charity will find itself with gaps in its board at some point. Good succession planning can make this an opportunity rather than a crisis, and it’s part of a chair’s responsibilities to have this in place.
David Dunsire, Consultant in the Charities and Third Sector group at Lindsays, offers some simple advice for charities of all sizes on how to prepare for the future. 

Alison Stone, Third Sector Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator, Scottish Business Resilience Centre about all things cyber, inluding new ACOSVO cyber initiatives.

Alison Stone, Third Sector Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator, Scottish Business Resilience Centre talks about an upcoming Chairs Check In

It’s hard to plan for the unexpected but ACOSVO’s Interim Executive Service aims to help. The service provides organisations with a qualified interim leader to support in areas such as bridging a planned or unplanned gap in leadership; managing a change project; acting as support to the CO or Board during a turbulent time; or in the case of ProjectScotland to providing leadership support during a merger.


What a year it’s been, right? I remember feeling so bad for everyone that had to return home halfway through their internship or studies abroad in March 2020. I figured I was lucky, because by the time I would start my own internship in February 2021, the pandemic would surely be over. Oh, how naive I was… Little did I know I would become one of the first interns to complete their internship with ACOSVO remotely. Luckily, the wonderful team made sure I still had an amazing time and I ended up learning so much from them.

‘The changing world of work’ was a theme explored at last year’s ACOSVO conference, and revisited at an ACOSVO CEO Check-in earlier in 2021. 

As we look ahead to the summer and the timetable for the easing of restrictions, we will have new territory to navigate in our work interactions, as Julie Hutchison, Charities Specialist at Aberdeen Standard Capital, explores in this latest blog. 

Where are we now?


ACOSVO recently caught up with Ted Campbell, a Leadership & Executive Coach, and ACOSVO mentor, to discuss what encouraged him to utilise his skills for mentoring; what’s changed in the pandemic; and why a lack of experience shouldn’t put you off becoming a mentor for others.

I get a chance to watch people grow, and push away all the things that get in the way. I learn so much from mentees and have enjoyed adding to my networks.

–  Beverley Francis, Interim Chief Executive, Consultant, and ACOSVO Mentor


This guest blog is brought to you Amy Gordon, Solicitor in Lindsays’ Employment team. She discusses some the queries that charities may have about their staff and vaccinations as well as the impact the vaccination will have on risk assessment planning over the coming months.

Third sector employers guidance to some of the legal implications regarding workforce vaccinations

This guest blog is brought to you by Ben Doherty, Partner and Head of Employment with ACOSVO Strategic Partner, Lindsays. Below he encourages charities to go beyond their legal obligations when supporting staff who once again find themselves balancing working from home with home schooling.