Honour for inspirational Third Sector Leader

Patricia Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) has been presented with her OBE today at Holyrood Palace. The Honour has been awarded for her services to Voluntary Organisations.


A highly respected figure and leader in the sector, Pat has been recognised for her dedication to inspiring leadership across Scotland’s voluntary sectors and beyond.


After working in the sector for a number of years in a variety of fields, Pat joined ACOSVO in 2003 and has made  significant contribution towards its success. ACOSVO is a thriving membership organisation, supporting over 500 third sector leaders who work across the sector, heading up some of the largest charities in Scotland but also leading community-based organisations across the country.


ACOSVO Chair, Meg Wright said:


“Pat’s long-term leadership of ACOSVO has strengthened the leadership across Scotland’s voluntary sector by shining a spotlight on the importance of peer support, good practice sharing and leadership development.


“The creation of the Leadership Exchange Programme is helping to inspire leaders from across the third and public sectors to share good practice, find a common language and have an opportunity to “walk in each other’s shoes.


“Pat’s dedication to further the cause of supporting women in leadership roles empowers women leaders through networks of peer support.


“Pat’s involvement in founding and chairing the Third Sector Governance Forum has highlighted the importance of supporting good governance and seen Trustee week in Scotland develop and grow into a thriving celebration of the voluntary roles that trustees undertake across the country.”


On receiving the honour, Pat Armstrong OBE said:


“I am humbled but delighted to receive this honour amongst so many amazing, inspiring third sector leaders who I work with on a daily basis. It’s an honour very much shared.


“Working with third sector leaders is truly rewarding.  I gratefully accept the honour on behalf of my peers in Scotland’s voluntary organisations and to highlight the work of ACOSVO in supporting “excellent third sector leadership in Scotland.”


Pat’s other involvements: Vice Chair of OSCR, Board member of EUCLID network, Fellow of RSA (previous chair of Scotland Committee), Chair of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance forum, previous Scotland committee member of IOD, previous Treasurer of Fettesian Lorettonian Youth Club.


Read all about Pat’s journey