Chairs Network Scotland (COVID-19)

Chairs Network Scotland is a dedicated network designed to specifically support the needs of Chairs (as well as Vice Chairs & aspiring Chairs) of Scottish voluntary organisations.  The Network offers peer support, good practice and experience-sharing in a confidential environment comprising of learning and networking events throughout the year. Learn more here.


To help you navigate COVID-19 and given the popularity of our CEO weekly zoom calls, ACOSVO is also hosting Chair and Vice Chair specific Zoom support calls in order to facilitate discussion and best practice sharing more succinctly. These are generally on Thursdays at 3pm each week and faciliatated by trusted ACOSVO facilitator, Joette Thomas, Lead Partner, Animate Consulting. 


The next sessions are:

  • Weekly Chairs Check-In During COVID-19 (open to Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Scottish voluntary sector organisations)

Thursday, May 28th, 15:00 (This call is open to Chairs, Vice Chairs & CEOs and senior leaders of voluntary sector organisations)

Guest Speaker: Russell Dalgleish.

Russell is a high-profile influencer and connector, as well as a serial entrepreneur. He is the founding Managing Partner of the advisory group, Exolta Capital Partners as well as angel investor. In his earlier career he has held board leadership positions with International companies achieving turnover in excess of £200m.

Today Russell sits on the boards on ten companies and organisations including the Institute of Directors Scotland, Mr Finch Limited and Remarkable. He has also recently expanded his efforts internationally by launching his co-founded Business Network, SBN, into the US and has been recognised as one of the top 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs 

Please register via this Eventbrite link


  • Maintaining Good Governance (open to Chairs, Vice Chairs, CEOs and senior leaders of voluntary sector organisations)

Friday, May 29th, 10:00am

Guest Speakers: Alastair Keatinge, Partner and Head of Charities, Lindsays and David Dunsire, Consultant, Lindsays.

Please register via this Eventbrite link 


  • Enabling 2020 Charity Leadership (open to Chairs and Vice Chairs of voluntary sector organisations)

Thursday, June 4th, 15:00pm

Guest Speaker: Julie Hutchison, Trusteeship Matters & Co-host #trusteehour

As we can now see the rest of 2020 being affected by limiting measures of some kind or another, join ACOSVO and governance expert, Julie Hutchison, to discuss how to you can enable charity leadership as Chairs and Vice Chairs, and look to the future of governance both for the rest of this year and beyond.

Please register via this Eventbrite link


Zoom calls may be recorded however only to identify key themes and issues, nothing will be attributed without prior consent.

If you are unable to attend a session or it is at capacity, please add your name to the waitlist so we can gauge demand and do our upmost to ensure a second (or third) session is available soon. If you run into any issues when joining a call or if you would like to suggest a thematic area for discussion, please fill in this short comment box.


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