Trustees Week 2020

2-6 November 2020

Since 2013, Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum has been proud to host a conference for trustees and governance geeks every Trustees’ Week.

This year, we’ll be running a series of digital events throughout the week. Read below for more information, and click to book your free space before they’re all gone!

The Future of Governance

2nd November 10:00-11:00

A champion of the charitable sector, both as chief executive and trustee, Edel Harris will share her particular perspective of the sector in Scotland and more recently in the rest of the UK, and will address the theme of Trustees’ Week this year: the future of governance.

Chaired by Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO and Chair of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum

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Trustees as Employers: there’s a lot to get right

2nd November 14:00 – 15:00

The trustees of voluntary organisations and charities are ultimately responsible for the safe and legal operation of their organisation. So what does this mean if you have staff?  HR and employment law is the same for all employers. But if you are a trustee there are the particular challenges of being a volunteer.  This webinar will look at the fundamentals that trustees need to know when employing staff, and highlight SCVO’s new HR and Employment Support Service.


Tracey Bird, SCVO’s Information Officer, Lorna Robertson, SCVO HR & Employment Support Service Officer
SCVO Pro Bono Service employment lawyer

Chaired by Tracey Bird of SCVO

Workshop: Learning through change

3rd November 14:00 – 15:30

Sign up for a participative learning session, facilitated by the Social Enterprise Academy. This session will create a learning space for participants to pause, reflect and share what they have learnt from their experiences during this volatile and disruptive period. We will aim to draw out common lessons and establish how you can harness this learning collectively to support your organisation’s future. 

Maximum of 20 participants

Chaired by the Social Enterprise Academy Scotland

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Alliances and mergers

3rd November 14:00 – 15:30

A merger or joint working arrangement can often be the best way to support service users and use resources efficiently …”  So said Alastair Keatinge Head of Charities at law firm Lindsays in the Scotsman on 4th July this year.  Joining him to discuss this topic will be Kirstine Fergusson, a specialist in constitutional and governance matters, and an experienced trustee herself, she has also had personal experience of a real live merger. Q&A following their discussion.

Chaired by Alastair Keatinge and Kirstine Fergusson

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The Governance debate ‘Face facts, its the Chief Officer who has the leadership power and control, not the Trustees’

4th November 14:00 – 15:30

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO and Chris Creegan, writer, consultant and Chair of SAMH will debate who’s really in charge.  Come and listen to the arguments and have your say too!

Chairing the debate and holding their coats will be Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of ACOSVO.

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Workshop: Developing an enterprising mindset

5th November 10:00 – 11:30

Sign up for this learning session facilitated by the Social Enterprise Academy, focused on supporting boards to develop enterprising mindsets. This session will focus primarily on innovation within organisations and the considerations for board members interested in innovating what they do, including developing mindsets, behaviours and exploring the opportunities and challenges.  

Maximum of 20 participants

Chaired by the Social Enterprise Academy Scotland

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Boards, diversity and inclusion

5th November 10:00 – 11:30

Exploring the diversity and inclusion on boards are Amanda Heenan and Miles Harrison.  Amanda is an equality and inclusion practitioner, focusing on creating inclusive accessible environments, where everyone can flourish.  Miles works in leadership and governance development and is an independent meeting facilitator.  He is Chair of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, which is disability led and employs disabled and non-disabled actors.   

Chaired by Kenneth Pinkerton of Brodies LLP

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Governance Training and Support – What do you need and where can you get it?

5th November 14:00 – 15:00

Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum, with support from The Robertson Trust, will publish a new report mapping governance training and support available across Scotland for boards of trustees. Join us to discuss the how to access the governance training and support you need, and discover more about new E-learning and training opportunities available from SCVO and the TSI Network.

Thea Kellock, report author and Robertson Trust Intern
Steff Bell, Development Worker, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council
Tracey Bird, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Chaired by Shirley Otto Convenor of Consultants for Good Scotland

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Regulations and Resources: lessons for the future of Governance

6th November 10:00 – 11:30

Jude Turbyne, Senior Manager, Policy and Sector Improvement at OSCR and Stewart Macgregor, Funding Manager of The Robertson Trust will reflect on the role that the regulator and the funder plays in encouraging good governance, and what lessons there are for the future of governance.

Chaired by Virginia Anderson, Chair Institute of Fundraising Scotland