Forth Valley 3rd Sector Conference – Legacy

Forth Valley Third Sector Conference – Legacy


 Welcome to the Forth Valley Third Sector ‘People Make Communities’ Conference legacy page. This conference was hosted for the first time by CTSI, CVS Falkirk, and SVE, the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) that provide support to Third Sector Organisations across the Forth Valley. The day featured a wealth of information, including speakers, workshops, and a panel discussion.

Workshop Facilitators Biographies

Emma Doyle – Tackling Health Inequalities

Team Member at NHS Health Scotland – Public Service Reform Team

My background is in medical sociology and I have a particular interest in people’s experiences of using health care services and health systems. I’m also interested in understanding and overcoming the barriers that can make it difficult for people to access and use services. As part of the Public Service Reform team at NHS Health Scotland, I work on supporting health and social care partnerships to take action to reduce health inequalities. I also work on ‘inclusion health’, contributing to our work on homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees, and Gypsy/Traveller health.

Michael Tornow – Tackling Health Inequalities

Team Member at NHS Health Scotland – Public Service Reform Team

I’m a member of NHS Health Scotland’s Public Service Reform team.  I lead on work promoting equitable support and services for people with dementia; on housing and its contribution to reducing health inequalities and promoting healthy outcomes.  My background is in disability rights, housing, equality and human rights, and physical activity promotion.  I’m interested in understanding and overcoming the barriers that can make it difficult for people to access and use services, in particular the built environment and transport.  I’m currently a member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland which advises Scottish Ministers on accessible transport.

James Proctor – Have you got the right legal structure?

Programme Manager at Community Shares Scotland

Community Shares Scotland supports groups who wish to raise finance from their community using either the Community Benefit or Co-operative Society models. James graduated with a business degree and worked in financial services before moving into the co-operative sector. He worked for the co-operative trade association, Co-operatives UK, and before that as Development Manager of Supporters Direct Scotland.

Paula Duncan – Have you got the right legal structure?

Engagement Manager at OSCR

Paula has worked at the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) for almost 8 years. She has held a number of roles across Registration, Enforcement and Engagement and has experience of being a charity trustee for a medium sized organisation. She is also an active member of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum, striving to improve governance in the Third Sector in Scotland.

Cathy Asante – Supporting Equalities in the Third Sector

Solicitor at the Scottish Human Rights Commission

Cathy leads the work of the Commission in promoting a human rights based approach, with a particular focus on health and social care. She also leads the Commission’s work as part of the Independent Mechanism under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Prior to joining the Commission, Cathy practiced in the field of mental health and incapacity law. She previously worked at Legal Services Agency, a law centre, where she worked as a solicitor in the Mental Health Legal Representation Project. For a number of years, she acted as Curator ad litem to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, a role designed to represent the interests of patients who do not have capacity to instruct a solicitor.

Alison Johnston – Preparing for GDPR

Lead Policy Officer, Scotland at the Information Commission Office

Alison joined the ICO in January 2017 after gaining a range of experience in the Scottish Prison Service including information governance. She has experience of complaints, FOI(S)A and records management and now supports the ICO’s Scotland team by delivering awareness raising events, representing the ICO at sector based forums, completing advisory visits and providing advice and guidance to the public and stakeholders.

Susan Robinson – Raising Funds: what you need to know?

Strategic Investment Officer at CVS Inverclyde

As an experienced fundraiser and trainer, Susan brings a range of skills and experience to her role in which she identifies and supports partner organisations to develop robust projects and funding applications as well as increasing fundraising capacity and skills. Susan joined the third sector as an Appeals Office Manager, before progressing through the ranks to become a Director of Fundraising. Her fundraising experience has focused on working with individual donors, major donors and charitable trusts and foundations – both as a fundraiser and as a grant-maker. Susan has worked with small community groups, with larger Scotland-wide, UK-wide and international not for profit organisations and charities – across a wide range of sectors.

David Allan – Getting in on the Empowerment Act

Deputy Director at the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

David spent 10 years in Community Development with Strathclyde Regional Social Work Department in Lanarkshire and Glasgow.  After leaving the Region he was involved in Community Health Projects for over a period of 7 years, focusing particularly in developing community development approaches to tackling health inequalities at a local level.  In 2001 he joined CHEX (Community Health Exchange) where he had responsibility for developing the Health Issues in the Community initiative across Scotland. In 2009 David took up post as Head of Programme within SCDC with particular responsibility for community engagement, community capacity building and the training/consultancy function of SCDC. Programmes that he has been involved in over the past 5 years include ACE (Achieving Community Empowerment), Better Community Engagement, Rural Ayrshire 21, and (currently) Supporting Communities. David has a particular focus on the research and learning functions of the organisation.

Sally Dyson – Digital Strategy for Third Sector Leaders

Head of Digital Participation – SCVO

With a career focussed on social inclusion and learning in the public and third sectors across the UK. I lead on two linked programmes. The first is to create the opportunities for digital inclusion for everyone in Scotland. The second is to encourage the use of digital technologies to make organisations more efficient, effective and relevant for people they support.

Tom Scott – Evaluating your Impact

Development Manager, Voluntary Action Scotland

Tom develops and delivers our programmes of new developments and ongoing improvements for the TSI network. Tom is developing approaches to good governance, leadership development, and outcomes and impact.