With great sadness we announce the loss of Ian Findlay

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the below statements about the sudden passing of our dear friend, Chair of ACOSVO, and Chief Officer of Paths for All, Ian Findlay.

Paths for All have set up an online condolences book so we encourage you to share your thoughts and memories there.


 

To say we’re devastated about the sudden passing of our Convenor, and more importantly friend, Ian is an understatement and it doesn’t feel like anything we write here will do it or him justice.

As anyone who was lucky enough to know him can attest, Ian embodied the characteristics we so desperately need from our leaders; a positive influence for change, who brought up everyone around him, exuding passion, kindness and compassion everywhere he went. He will be profoundly missed by so many and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Andrea, daughter Lianne, granddaughter Phoebe, and all of his family, friends and colleagues.

Ian, thank you for everything you’ve done for the team, the wider ACOSVO family, and the sector in general. You lived the connection part of what we do, always willing to help and share however you could. Everyone could benefit from being a bit more like you and we have all missed out by not having you in our lives longer.

A leader in the truest sense of the word. We’re grateful to have known you.


- Team ACOSVO & Board 

 

Ian was ACOSVO Convenor, a good friend, a mentor and someone I looked up to and had the hugest respect and fondness for. It’s always a close relationship between Chair and CEO but it was hard not to be friends with such a warm caring person too. As CEO I leant on Ian whenever the going got tough. We also celebrated when things were going well – and there wasn’t much that could be solved by a good “walk and talk”. He embodied his values and you could always rely on him whenever support was needed.  I looked up to Ian as someone I could only aspire to be like.  He will be so sorely missed.  We will all need time to grieve, but he will be remembered with much love, fondness and respect from all of us.

- Pat Armstrong, CEO, ACOSVO
 

To me, Ian was, simply, the best of men; the nicest, kindest, warmest person you could ever be lucky enough to meet. 

ACOSVO has been honoured to have him as a member, board member, Vice Convenor and Convenor and as a board we have all been truly blessed to know him and to call him our friend. I respected Ian beyond measure and will miss him more than I can convey. While everything seems a little dimmer today, I know that Ian's friendship, support and positive influence will continue to inspire and brighten the lives of so many people for a very long time to come.

- Kim Atkinson, CEO, Scottish Sports Association & ACOSVO’s Co-Vice Convenor.

 

When I joined the ACOSVO Board Ian became my Board mentor. The way he approached this was so different from others, he had a natural way of making you feel comfortable, included and like you had made a new friend (which of course you had) not just a colleague. A balanced and calming figure creating the right culture for positive movement, Ian’s passion to get us all moving and active during Board meetings will also never be forgotten. Ian was passionate in what he believed in and nurtured this with others in his warm & friendly approach providing a compelling story. A leader & friend to aspire to be like, to be inspired by and one who leaves us with so many positive memories.

- Carl Hodson, Chief Executive, seescape & ACOSVO’s Co-Vice Convenor.

 

I had the privilege of serving on ACOSVO board with Ian for seven years till November 2020. For five of those years we were convenor and vice convenor. Ian was the kindest of men who always gave me time, a listening ear and a sense of calm wisdom.  A great leader, who, over the years, I had the privilege of calling Ian a friend, someone I could look up to, rely on and have deep conversations with. I can smile at how he led the Active Leader walks, had us exercising during board meetings and encouraged us all to be more active.  Whether we had a walking meeting or chatted over tea and cake, I thoroughly enjoyed Ian's company. It was only a few days ago, in my last email from Ian, he was hoping we could meet up in Stirling at our favourite cake shop when the restrictions eased. Ian's generosity of spirit, kindness and wisdom will live on, he leaves such a huge legacy for others to follow. 

-Meg Wright, Interim Executive, Voluntary Sector Consultant & previous ACOSVO Convenor