Taking nominations for digital champions. Learn with leaders about Digital Transformation

The Scottish Government has approached ACOSVO to invite third sector leaders to participate in the next round of the SG Digital Champions development programme.

See below for letter from Sarah Davidson (or the letter and full programme details can also be viewed here). Please note the deadline has been extended until February 10th.


Dear Chief Executives

I am writing to invite you to nominate yourself, or a senior colleague, to participate in the next round of the SG Digital Champions development programme.

At the SLF event Disrupt or Decline – Public service leadership in a Digital World on 5 October, I spoke about the importance of seizing the opportunities and addressing the challenges that digital transformation offers. The Scottish Government will publish a refreshed digital strategy early 2017, which will set out our vision for realising Scotland’s potential in a digital world. Against this backdrop, public sector leaders have a key role to play in driving the pace of change, and the Digital Champions programme aims to build awareness among public sector leaders of the transformative power of digital technology, empowering you to champion the digital agenda within your organisations with increased knowledge and confidence.

There are now 120 public sector leaders who have completed the Digital Champions programme, and feedback has been very positive. Leaders have cited the opportunity to network, share good practice and develop an improved understanding of digital opportunities and challenges as benefits of completing the programme.

Participants must commit to the whole 5 day programme which is spread over six months. Each session will offer the opportunity to hear from key speakers, ranging across topics such as leadership; transformation; the art of the possible in terms of technology and the use of data; and innovation. Further details of the programme including the key dates are provided in Annex A.  There is no fee associated with the programme; attendees will be expected to meet the costs of travel to the venues.

There will also be the opportunity for interactive discussions, where public sector leaders will have the opportunity to share concerns and knowledge. Previous cohorts noted the value in having honest discussions about the challenges they face and discussing solutions with their peers.

The programme has been prepared in partnership with Leading Edge Forum and Scotland IS, and is facilitated by Paul Foley of Kynesis, who has facilitated the Digital Champions Programme from the outset and has experience managing change and developing leaders across a variety of sectors.  In the spirit of growing the leadership collective we are engaging with inspirational speakers to stimulate and deepen the Digital connection.

The programme is aimed at and designed for Chief Executive and Director level. Bearing this in mind, I invite you to make a nomination of someone who will benefit from the knowledge, inspiration and peer group support that the Digital champions programme provides.  I particularly hope that those who have already expressed an interest in participation will come forward at this point.

Please send your notes of interest to Laurena.Charles@gov.scot by Friday 27 January 2017.  Can you ensure that when you complete the nomination form attached at Annex B that you also indicate which of the 2 cohort dates available would be your preference.


With best wishes

Sarah Davidson


Full details and how to sign up available here.