After 13 years as CEO of ACOSVO, Pat Armstrong gained agreement from ACOSVO's Board for a two month period of extended leave. Pat and her husband David had planned their adventure together, and set off to travel far and wide, while Pat kept friends and colleagues posted on her blog 'The World is my Office....Not'.

The Board and staff made initial plans for Pat's leave, setting out clear roles and boundaries. Systems and processes were put in place for cover, and while Pat would leave a gap for a short time, the whole team felt confident and capable to cover the period.

Lynn Anderson is a Living Wage accreditation officer for the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative. Her work includes a specific focus on Third Sector.

In this Leadership Blog, ACOSVO member and Director of Barnardo's Scotland, Martin Crewe reflects on ten years in post and lessons learned from the top.

It’s almost a year now since I started this blog and wow has my world changed.

Those of you following my adventure blog will know that I was taking a couple of months out to travel and reflect on my leadership role and how we balance our work and life – and find adventure in both.

In short, my husband took ill in New Zealand in January (10 days into our trip) and after a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer, sadly passed away in August.

This month Andrew Lindsay, Policy and Public Affairs Adviser at Big Lottery Fund Scotland discusses his challenging experience of trying to become a trustee as a younger person and why diversity is so important to all boards.


In this month's blog Meg Wright, EDT Scotland Director and ACOSVO Chair discusses how reaching out to different sectors can help benefit your organisation and the sector as a whole.


This blog comes from Lindsays Charities Group, headed by Alastair Keatinge, one of the few specialists in charity law accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. Alastair holds board positions with a number of charities, giving him insight into how charities operate and the issues they face.

ACOSVO is excited that this month the Leadership Exchange Programme has passed the 100 matches mark, which means that 200 leaders from across Scotland’s public services have been matched for this innovative peer learning initiative. Development Officer Emily Martin has developed and managed the programme over the past 18 months, and is now moving on to pastures new. Read below how Emily looks back on the programme’s development since its inception and gives an update on what’s new...


2011: The Challenge

"I would argue that having people working together from different organisations and backgrounds is an enabler of learning." says Dr. Ian C. Elliott, Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, while talking about his experience of the Leadership Exchange Programme...


David Dunsire, Consultant at ACOSVO Strategic Partner Shepherd and Wedderburn, gives his guide to having a truly effective Board...


Over a long (too long some might say!) legal career, one of the fascinations for me, particularly in the third sector, has been to observe the dynamics of boards at work and to consider how relationships impact on their effectiveness.  So what is an ‘effective board’?

I would suggest that an effective board is one which: