This guest blog is brought to you by Julie Hutchison from Aberdeen Standard Capital who summarises the key themes which emerged during ACOSVO's Week 5 CEO Check-In During COVID-19. 



...And what a week it’s been. Team ACOSVO moved to home working; we connected with members through three CEO zoom calls - with weekly calls to follow; I’ve somewhat got my head around Microsoft Teams; and we’ve all been avidly following the news and thinking about loved ones and how we can do our bit.

This blog was orginally published in TFN on 18th February 2020. To see the original article, please click here.

Pat Armstrong discusses whether third sector leadership and academic learning goes hand in hand or is an uncomfortable fit.


Orginally published 6th November 2019 in The Pioneers Post, see the original article here.

Life as a third sector boss can be stressful and lonely – it’s hard enough to keep going let alone focus on strategy or innovation. Pat Armstrong OBE, Chief Executive of ACOSVO – a long-term partner of RBS/NatWest Social & Community Capital – shares her learning on how to support current and future leaders.


This conversation was captured by Tess Gallagher who sat in on a meeting of ACOSVO members looking to discuss what today’s Chief Officers can do to engage the Third Sector’s next generation of leaders. Tess works for a STEM education charity- you can see more of her writing here.


Kirsten Smith, the Marketing & Engagement Manager here at ACOSVO chatted to partner and venue finding agency ExecSpace's CEO Emma Little, to discuss some of the most important things to consider when putting on a charity event.


1. Have a clear purpose


This guest blog is brought to you by one of our placed interim executives who reflects on her time working with CVS Inverclyde in 2019. 

"I truly loved my placement and as others have said, I think I learnt a great deal from the excellent colleagues who were incredibly welcoming and kind."

At the ACOSVO AGM in October 2018, we launched a "fellows programme" for long standing members who have made a significant contribution to ACOSVO.

It has almost been a year since we introduced the ACOSVO fellows, but how did it all start? We thought it would be a good time to reflect on the fellows first neeting and plans for the year ahead...

This blog is brought to you by Catherine Brown, Head of Further Education Student Support, Scottish Government who details her experience of the ACOSVO Leadership Exchange Programme. 


"ACOSVO Leadership Exchange changed my life!" 


Well, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration. But it’s fair to say that the fresh perspective I gained from participating in the programme made a big contribution to my decision to change career.


In this months Third Force News problem page, ACOSVO Business Manager Andy Dey shares everything there is to know about staff appraisals


“Our organisation is unsure about staff appraisals and is considering running an appraisal process for the first time, but we don’t know where to start!  What should we be looking at when planning staff appraisals?”