The individuals named below have been appointed to the SCVO Policy Committee, which works to reflect the best interests of the third sector in Scotland. It is the job of SCVO to take these policies and represent the shared interests of the third sector to government, local authorities, the private sector and the public at large.

Rebecca Curtis-Moss – Information and Marketing Officer, Institute of Fundraising Scotland

“I look forward to sitting on SCVO’s Policy Committee to ensure that the voices of fundraisers are heard in the public and private sectors, and in the political sphere. This appointment will help the Institute of Fundraising Scotland to react swiftly to issues affecting the fundraising environment, and to continue developing policy in a devolved setting. Equally, it will allow me to immerse myself in a fundraising policy environment.”

Emma Grindulis – Policy and Communication Officer, Together [Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights]

“I look forward to contributing to the SCVO Policy Committee by offering my expertise in children’s rights and UN reporting mechanisms, and in representing the views of Together’s members. I am keen to use my knowledge of children’s policy and human rights to make sure that the consideration of these issues are at the heart of the work of the Policy Committee.”

Adam Lang – Head of Communications and Policy, Shelter Scotland

“I am a senior manager and media spokesperson working in public affairs, public policy, strategic communications and media relations. Having worked in-house and for some of the UK’s leading consultancies, I have experience across the private, public and voluntary sectors and have developed strong connections with key decision makers and media in Scotland.”

Derek Logie – Chief Executive, Rural Housing Scotland

“Having joined Rural Housing Scotland as a Project Manager in 1996, I have worked with communities across the country to tackle local housing problems, and supported the development of several practical projects to address housing need. In addition to joining SCVO’s Policy Committee, I am a committee member of the Scottish Land Fund and was previously a member of the Rural Development Council.”

David McColgan – Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation Scotland

“I have over seven years of experience in policy and public affairs in Scotland’s third sector. This has let me cover a range of areas, including sport, community organisations, procurement, public service reform, charity funding and regulation. I believe that a strong third sector is vital for us to have fair, balanced and informed debate in Scotland. Our diversity is what makes us strong and I will challenge conventional thought, promote debate and encourage everyone to make their voice heard.”

Heather Noller – Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Carers Trust Scotland

“Having worked in several third sector organisations, it is clear to me that collaboration and the sharing of learning is really important, and I would like to encourage this in a formal setting as part of the SCVO Policy Committee. The charity sector is under pressure going into an election year. I am keen to join forces with policy colleagues across the sector to make sure we get the best opportunities for policy input and discussion for the people we support.”

Nicolas White – Head of Scotland,Breast Cancer Care

“A relative newcomer to the sector, I trained as a journalist and spent a decade reporting on issues such as health and sport before becoming an award-winning communications consultant. It was in this role, while advising a social care charity, that I had my eyes opened the power of the sector to transform lives. That was almost 10 years ago – and I haven’t looked back. The third sector has a rich and proud tradition of innovation and creativity, and I want to play a significant role in championing how it continues to transform the lives of the most vulnerable in our society during these challenging times.”

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  1. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The Scottish third sector turns over £4.9 billion a year and employs 138,000 people in over 45,000 organisations.
  2. For interview or further comment, please call Charlotte McNeill at SCVO on 07790 601 995