Scotland's voluntary sector and the staff and volunteers working within it deliver vitally important services in every Scottish community. However, uncertainty in funding, future and capacity is one of the few things the sector can be certain about. So, does the Scottish Government's new Charities Bill address the challenges the sector and its staff face? What are the implications of the Bill for future regulation and accountability? How will and can core issues on funding, staffing, regulation, quality, purpose and status be addressed if not in this Bill?
Taken together, the number of people directly employed by Scotland's voluntary sector and those volunteering in it amount to more than a quarter of the entire Scottish population. A much wider and larger number of people rely on services and support delivered through our charitable bodies. The future health and direction of the sector is of central importance to both the people depending upon it for support and those working within it to deliver critical services.
Long anticipated legislation to address the regulation of the Scottish voluntary sector has now been brought forward and has commenced its parliamentary process. The Bill focuses primarily on regulatory amendments rather than a broader agenda for change addressing the challenges which the sector faces. In this context, what do voluntary sector organisations and staff need to know about the Bill? Just as importantly, what does the voluntary sector expect the government to do next to address much wider concerns? A commitment has been given to a wider and deeper review of the complex legal and regulatory context in which voluntary organisations operate. What themes should this examine? When will it take place? How soon will the outcomes of that review be able to impact positively on voluntary sector structures, funding and services?
This conference examines the aims of the Scottish Government's Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill, discusses the challenges faced by the voluntary sector and considers what action is needed by government and other agencies partnering with the voluntary sector to secure the future for a thriving, vibrant sector. It will focus on three themes:
Topics to be discussed
Who should attend
This conference is for all those working in the voluntary sector and is intended for both organisations and individuals. It is relevant to those in leadership positions - including board members, trustees and employees in executive roles - and to all staff working in the voluntary sector. It is also relevant to organisations and individuals working in partnership with voluntary sector bodies in the planning and delivery of services in the public, private and third sectors.
Chief Executive Officer
Children in Scotland
09:25 Chair's opening remarks
Session 1: Understanding the Bill and the strategic issues facing the voluntary sector
09:30 Keynote speaker - strategic aims of the Bill
09:45 Question and answer session
09:55 The real strategic issues facing Scotland's voluntary sector
Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, SCVO
10:10 The implications of the regulatory changes proposed
Kenneth Pinkerton, Partner, Brodies LLP
10:25 Question and answer session
10:40 Comfort break
Session 2: Recognising the value of the voluntary sector - what's needed?
10:55 Funding a thriving third sector and stable services
11:10 A wider review for and with the voluntary sector - beyond regulation
Dr Judith Turbyne, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland
11:25 Question and answer session
11:40 Comfort break
Session 3: Staff and the voluntary sector - addressing career, training and leadership needs
11:55 Leadership, skills and training
Lucinda Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer, ACOSVO
12:10 Careers, staffing and continuity in the charity sector
12:25 Question and answer session
12:40 Chair's closing remarks
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Lucinda joined ACOSVO in October 2022 following 16 years as CEO at Dundee Carers Centre and started her career as a youth worker. Lucinda has significant experience of leadership, service design and community engagement and has previously served as a Trustee. She has undertaken several other leadership roles on advisory groups and panels. Lucinda works closely with the Trustees and leads the ACOSVO team to deliver its vision of excellent Voluntary Sector Leadership. Outside of work Lucinda enjoys doing anything creative and reading a good book!
Kenneth co-heads the Brodies Charities and Third Sector team. Kenneth specialises in charity law and governance, providing advice and guidance to charities and third sector organisations. Kenneth also works closely with individuals with philanthropic goals. His work in the area of charity law is extensive and includes the governance, establishment, merger and reorganisation of charities.
Kenneth's clients have included philanthropists, Royal Charter bodies, large umbrella membership bodies, family foundations, culture bodies and sports organisations. He has also worked on several high-profile governance cases involving the Scottish Charity Regulator. He is a member of the Charity Law Association.
Dr Judith Turbyne
Children in Scotland
Dr. Judith Turbyne became Chief Executive of Children in Scotland in August 2021.
She has spent most of her professional life working in and with the charity sector. For much of that time she worked in international development, with charities challenging global poverty and inequality. She worked in Latin America and the Caribbean for many years, in local frontline organisations and with multinational funders, before moving to Dublin to work as the CEO of Progressio Ireland.
Judith returned home to Scotland in 2013 as Head of Engagement with the Scottish Charity Regulator where she has had the pleasure of working with many charities across Scotland. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Corra Foundation.
She has a PhD from the University of Bath which looked at empowerment in development. Aside from her wonderful friends and family, the things that make her most happy are mountains, music, running, cricket and a good book
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