ACOSVO, in partnership with CyberScotland and supported by Scottish Government, are seeking to better understand and support how voluntary sector organisations are managing the risks of operating in a digital world.  

Back in 2017, ACOSVO ran a succession planning survey that showed over 50% of the sector’s leaders were planning to retire in the following 5 years. 

A lot has changed since then, and with a more recent survey highlighting that almost half of charity leaders are considering leaving their roles due to burnout, ACOSVO are looking to understand more about how the sector’s leadership might be changing post pandemic.


In July 2021 ACOSVO are packing up their boxes at York Place and moving to a new home in Ocean Terminal, Leith. The idea for this new space is to provide a modern, flexible working environment and meeting hub; not only our small team but also longer term, where members and partners can come together for peer support, events and meetings, and ultimately contribute to our vision of excellent voluntary sector leadership in Scotland.


"Have you ever wondered how you can more effectively influence minds and shape behaviour? 

ACOSVO’s active leaders programme, which encourages the sector’s Chief Executive and senior leaders to rethink how they meet, network and offer peer support has been renamed in memory of late Chair, and Paths for All Chief Executive, Ian Findlay CBE.

The Ian Findlay Active Leaders Programme will relaunch with a networking walk, in line with current restrictions, in Edinburgh on July 15th at 3pm. Satellite meet ups and walks are also being encouraged by the organisation.

We are looking for a self-motivated and ambitious individual with a genuine passion for enhancing leadership in Scotland’s voluntary sector.
This is a new part-time role within ACOSVO which offers a great opportunity to lead strategic partnership development and contribute to fundraising consistent with ACOSVO’s Sustainability and Resource Strategies.

Last year brought lots of changes to the way we work, but in amongst the challenges we all faced, it also gave us an opportunity to step back and ask new, important questions about the future of work and what silver linings and lessons we might take from covid going forward. 


“Mentoring has been just what I've needed - supportive, refreshing, reassuring!”

 “It (mentoring) provides a type of space and relationship that I don't have access to in my hectic workplace and has been a great opportunity to 'sense check' many of the things that I've encountered in the role.  It's a very special and useful opportunity – so worthwhile!”

Do you know a Chair or Vice Chair who could benefit from peer support, good practice and experience-sharing in a confidential environment?

Spread the word about Chairs Network Scotland and get 20% off your ACOSVO or Chairs Network Scotland membership renewal. The Chair joining us will also benefit from the 20% discount. It’s a win-win!

ACOSVO's Chairs Network Scotland is a dedicated network designed to specifically support the needs of Chairs of Scottish voluntary organisations.

A study out today, and published in TFN, highlights the charity sector is facing a leadership crisis after new research found nearly half of senior leaders are considering walking away due to burnout.