MacKay Hannah

Changing Scottish Charity Law: What is the Scottish Government proposing and what more is possible?


Anna Fowlie

Chief Executive Officer, SCVO

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Lindsay Montgomery CBE

Board Chair, OSCR

Lindsay Montgomery CBE has many years’ experience of leadership and governance roles in the public sector including as chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1999 until 2015, Director of Resources for Scotland Natural Heritage and HM Treasury and Chair of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Chief Executive Forum from 2002 until 2015. Lindsay has previous background in charity regulation having become a board member of OSCR from its inception and as Deputy Chair from 2008 until 2014. He also has many years’ experience as a charity trustee including since 2015 as Chair of the Environmental Charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Other current roles include visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde School of Law, Vice Chair of the International Legal Aid Group and Chair of the Scottish Government Digital Transformation Board. Lindsay was awarded a CBE for services to the administration of Justice in 2009.


Pat Armstrong OBE

Chief Executive, ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations)

Pat is Chief Executive of ACOSVO, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations. Pat has led the IIP accredited organisation since 2003 and having worked in the third sector for over 25 years, she has gained experience of both local and national voluntary organisations from a range of thematic areas. Pat has an MBA from Heriot Watt University and has a particular interest in leadership development in the third sector. This interest led her to establish the Leadership Exchange Programme which brings together leaders from across the third and public sectors for peer support, good practice sharing and personal development.

As part of the 2018 New Year's Honours List Pat recognised with an OBE for services to voluntary organisations.

She has two (now grown up) children, is based in Edinburgh but spends part of her time on a croft in Skye and enjoys reading, hill-walking and travelling.

Pat’s other involvements:

· Vice Chair of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)

· Fellow of the RSA (and was previously Chair of the RSA Scotland Committee)

· Chair of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum

· Board Member of EUCLID, the European Network of Third Sector Leaders


Dr Sophie Flemig

Chief Executive, The Cattanach Charitable Trust and Member, Accounts Commission for Scotland

Dr Sophie Flemig is the Chief Executive of The Cattanach Charitable Trust.

She was  previously the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s Director of Public Policy and combined her work on legal regulation with a wide range of experience from the private, public and third sectors. Previously, she led the University of Edinburgh Business School’s multidisciplinary Centre for Service Excellence as its Assistant Director. New approaches to regulation have been at the forefront of her research and engagement work, in particular including co-production and improvement goals across health and social care and the charitable sector. Sophie is also an expert in service design and management methodologies.

Prior to her academic career, Sophie worked as a management and digital consultant across Europe and North America, specialising in change management, learning and development, and internal marketing, in particular in financial services. Over the course of her career, she has advised global Fortune 100 companies, governments and third sector organisations. Sophie also has strong experience in non-executive roles, having been appointed by Scottish Ministers as a Member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland.  At the Accounts Commission, the spending watchdog for local government in Scotland, Sophie has sponsored key audits on health and social care Integration and self-directed support and is supporting Audit Scotland staff in developing a knowledge base on community empowerment. 

She holds a BA (Hon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an M.Phil in Comparative Government from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) as well as a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Toronto, while currently completing her LLB with the University of London.


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