Lindsays leads celebration of third sector leadership

Lindsays leads celebration of third sector leadership

Pictured (L-R): Calum Irving, Anna Fowlie, Pat Armstrong, David Dunsire

More than 100 guests representing 80 organisations attended Lindsays’ annual Third Sector Drinks Reception, held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on Wednesday, to discuss issues emerging for this year and beyond.

Attendees heard from some of the most important figures in the field, with speeches from Pat Armstrong, chief executive of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), Anna Fowlie, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), and Calum Irving, who heads the Scottish government’s Third Sector Unit.

They were introduced by one of Lindsays’ charity law experts, David Dunsire, a well-known figure to many across the sector.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Dunsire said: “It’s no secret that this sector - like so many others - faces some significant challenges, particularly over the way forward for Brexit, future funding and budget delays. We are all watching with interest to see how the results of last year’s Scottish government consultation on charity law changes will manifest.

“What I have seen first-hand through many years of advising in this sphere, however, is that its leaders are unafraid of a challenge, resilient, adaptable and face any issues which emerge head-on.

“Funding challenges and the need for good governance will continue to be important during 2020, but it was evident at the reception that with the high quality of its leadership, the sector across Scotland will seize new opportunities and work tirelessly to look forward with optimism.”

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