Latest Courses from ACOSVO

The Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisation (ACOSVO) has launched its 2019 programme of support.

It has been based on feedback received from members as to what were the priorities for third sector Chairs going forward.

The programme is:

Making a Lasting Difference

5th March 2019, 16:00-20:00, Edinburgh

This evening workshop explores the principles and practices of sustainable organisations, creates a framework for discussing this, and provides practical tools using “The Lasting Difference” toolkit.

Board & Staff Communication

2nd April 2019, 08:00-10:00, Glasgow

Join us for breakfast as we explore the relationships between the Chair, the Board, the Chief Officer, and the organisation as a whole. Our speaker will explore these relationships, and identify good working practices that you can implement in your organisation.

Chair & Chief Officer – A Force for Good

6th June 2019, 17:00 – 19:00, Edinburgh

The Chair / Chief Officer relationship is crucial for effective governance. When the relationship is strong they both add value. When the relationship is in trouble the organisation suffers. Join us at our summer drinks reception to explore how to balance these roles and bring out the best in each other.

Being an Effective Chair

20th August 2019, 16:00 – 20:00, Glasgow

Chairs can be open to the influence of personalities, and can be shaped by the context in which they operate. Relationships between Chairs, boards and their organisations can be fraught with paradoxes and dilemmas. This evening workshop will investigate leading research and best-practice examples of robust governance.

Trustee Recruitment

8th October 2019, 08:00 – 10:00, Edinburgh

This breakfast session will look at the importance of succession planning, a transparent trustee recruitment process, and a good induction programme. Join us for coffee and croissants as we discuss terms of office, board skills audits and how to write trustee role descriptions.

Scotland’s Governance Code – One Year On

3rd December 2019, 17:00 – 19:00, Glasgow

2018 saw the launch of Scotland’s Governance Code. Our winter drinks reception marks the one year anniversary of this code. Join us to hear how other organisations have applied the Code and made real change.


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