MacKay Hannah

Scotland’s third sector and COVID recovery: How do we build back better?


Anna Fowlie


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

Chief Executive, ACOSVO

Pat is Chief Executive of ACOSVO, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations. Pat has led the IIP Gold 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. She is currently a Doctoral Research Student with Edinburgh Napier Universities Business School.

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

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)
  • Board Member of EUCLID, the European Network of Third Sector Lead


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There were so many excellent speakers. I found the speakers and content interesting, inspiring and motivating. There was a lot to take in that has left me with lots of thinking, lots of interesting links to follow up on and lots of useful reflections for my work and my organisation. It was a really good range of topics and very well chaired!

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