"A recent UK report from the Lords Select Committee described charity leadership as being like "juggling on a unicycle" - balancing a huge range of tasks and skills while simultaneously facing unrealistically high expectations.  Also the stress of knowing if one ball drops, that will be the one that is noticed, not the many others that you are still successfully managing to juggle.

The current academic literature on public administration is full of research on collaborative governance, integrated services and community participation. This research reflects a reality where boundaries between public, private and Third Sectors are increasingly blurred and where services are being redesigned to better meet rising public expectations at the same time as facing the challenges of austerity and Brexit.

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