MacKay Hannah

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


Calum Irving

Head - Third Sector Unit, Scottish Government


Caryn Nicolson

CEO, Frontline Fife Homelessness Services


Anna Fowlie

Chief Executive Officer, SCVO

Anna joined SCVO as Chief Executive at the end of April 2018. SCVO is the national membership body for the third sector in Scotland, providing services such as payroll and IT and publishing Third Force News, as well as lobbying and policy work on behalf of the sector. During the pandemic, SCVO has also been a key player in distributing crisis funding to voluntary organisations, delivering a one-stop-shop for advice and support and managing the Connecting Scotland programme.  Before she came to SCVO, Anna was Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council for nearly 9 years. The SSSC is the professional regulator for social workers and people working in adult and children’s social care.

Her career started with 18 years working in HR in local government, after which Anna joined COSLA as part of the employers function working on, for example, national pay negotiations. She then became lead for all policy relating to children and young people which led to her being seconded into Scottish Government to work on corporate parenting for children and young people in the care system before moving to the SSSC in 2009.

Anna has recently stepped down from the board of Who Cares? Scotland after 8 years, and has recently joined the board of SCDI. She has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and is passionate about grassroots football.

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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 joined Cattanach in 2019 as Chief Executive. Her passion is supporting families holistically and she is particularly excited about Cattanach's work around attachment. Before joining Cattanach, Sophie was guiding legislative reform in her role as Director of Public Policy in the legal sector and working across early years, children's and family services as an impact-driven academic. Sophie has also worked as a management consultant specialising in change management and digitalisation projects, and has advised global Fortune 100 companies and governments across Europe.

Outside of work, Sophie has several public appointments and enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, doing anything from baking to visiting the rhinos at Edinburgh Zoo.


Maureen Mallon

Chief Executive, OSCR

Maureen was recruited to OSCR in January 2019.

She joined the Scottish Government in 2005, working as an HM Inspector of Education with a focus on Community Learning and Development, Local Authorities and the Third Sector.

She became an Assistant Director in Education Scotland 5 years ago and was responsible for major programmes including Early Learning and Childcare, Parental Engagement, The Scottish Attainment Challenge and Inspection and review.

Before joining Scottish Government Maureen was the Head of Development and Deputy CEO at YouthLink Scotland for over ten years. Her work before this focussed on social enterprise and adult learning.

She has a lot of volunteering experience including working with the Princes Trust on various local, regional and national committees.

Maureen lives with her husband Malcolm and is spending her spare time learning about vegetable gardening and walking.


Lee Stevenson

Trustee - Association of Charity Independent Examiners and Organisational Support Officer, SVE

I have been employed by SVE (formerly CVS Stirling) for over ten years, as an Organisational Support Officer. My role is to offer support and guidance to Third Sector organisations in governance, finance, and the practical process of setting up charities and voluntary organisations. My role includes preparing and delivering training in Governance, Finance Systems, Legal Structures, Preparation of Accounts, etc. as well as facilitating bespoke Development Days for organisations, based on their strategic requirements.

I am a full member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a large part of my work involves preparing and independently examining charity accounts in the Receipts & Payments format.

The favourite part of my job is seeing organisations I work with develop and grow, through understanding their governance role and putting in systems they have learned from participating in our training. Resulting in more sustainable organisations that demonstrate good practice.

In my spare time I enjoy modern jive, playing pool at league level and public speaking. I am also a member of a quiz team called Densa


Richard Baker

Policy Manager, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

Richard Baker is Policy Manager for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded.

Previously he was Policy and Communications Manager for Age Scotland, and also lead the charity’s Early Stage Dementia Project funded by the Life Changes Trust. In that role he was responsible for co-ordinating the charity’s influencing strategy on a wide range of issues, from health and social care to tackling loneliness and fuel poverty.

Richard was previously President of NUS Scotland where he took forward a number of successful campaigns on student funding, and also Scottish Press Officer for Help the Aged where he was responsible for developing media and policy engagement on issues including free personal care.

From 2003 to 2015 Richard was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland, and served on Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet in portfolios including Justice, Finance and Infrastructure.

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Ewan Aitken

Chief Executive Officer, Cyrenians

A former Convener of Education and Leader of Edinburgh City Council and CoSLA spokesperson on Education, Ewan also has 30 years experience working in the third sector. In 1995, whilst working as a parish minister in Edinburgh he founded the Ripple Project, a diverse community action organisation that is still going strong. 

Ewan is very committed to issues of social justice, especially challenging the stigmatisation of the disadvantaged. He believes that poverty is not simply a matter of financial instability but one of inner well-being; poverty grinds the soul and well as the body. Cyrenians' philosophy of walking with those who are struggling, and sticking with them when they stumble, is what first attracted him to the organisation. He believes that by the living out of our obligation to our neighbour and to the stranger, each of us will also find what we truly need to live well ourselves.

Ewan is a director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Ripple Project and Eco-Congregation Scotland, and Chair of the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering Group, the Scottish Labour Party's Social Justice Sounding Board and the grants committee of BBC Children in Need Scotland. He's also an advisor to Circle and is a member of the CoSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy. 

He joined Cyrenians in May 2014 after 6 years as head of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society department, which helps the Church engage in social, political and ethical issues. He's a member of the Iona Community and a season ticket holder for the Royal Lyceum Theatre. His extra curricular activity includes watching sport (especially rugby), and vegetarian cooking; but most of his leisure time is spent with his family.

@EwanAitken Cyrenians1968

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