The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (SCVO) is delighted to welcome three new members to its Board of Trustees.

Fiona Gillespie, Kenneth Pinkerton and Sean Duffy have been selected to join the Board following an open recruitment process.

The new trustees will play a key role in helping shape and support Scotland’s third sector whilst also ensuring that as an organisation, SCVO advances the interests of its members and the people and communities they support.

SCVO Convener Andrew Burns said he was delighted to welcome the new members to the Board.

He said: “As Convener, I’m delighted that individuals of the calibre of Sean, Fiona and Kenneth are joining the SCVO Board of Trustees.

“Together, they will significantly strengthen the breadth of skills on the Board; and I now look forward to working closely with them, and all of the existing Trustees, as we collectively continue to develop the next phase of SCVO’s important work.

“Now that the Board is up to full complement it’s my intention, at the forthcoming September meeting, to recommend that Theresa Shearer becomes Vice-Convener, and that Eliot Stark continues as Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee for his final year on the SCVO Board of Trustees.”

The new members join the Board of Trustees at a time when the organisation is embarking on a full strategic review engaging with all 1,800 members, as well as public and private sector stakeholders.


Fiona Gillespie

Fiona has worked in the investment industry for over 25 years, managing investment portfolios for a variety of clients including many charitable organisations. Before joining Anderson Strathern Asset Management in 2017, she was a Senior Investment Manager with Aberdeen Asset Management and previous to that, Edinburgh Fund Managers.

Outside her day job, Fiona is a non-executive director of The Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS), a Trustee of the Stafford Trust, and mum to a teenage son.


Kenneth Pinkerton

Kenneth is a Senior Associate with Turcan Connell, Solicitors in Edinburgh which he joined in 2001. He is a member of the firm’s specialist Charities Legal Team and has extensive experience of charity law and governance. He also advises on tax and estate planning for private clients, trusts and estates.

Kenneth is presently Chair of East Park, a charity providing education and supported accommodation services to children and young people with additional support needs. He is also a member of the Charity Law Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

A graduate of Dundee University, outside of the law Kenneth’s interests lie in music and theatre.


Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy joined The Wise Group as CEO in January 2018, before which he held senior leadership positions with Newsquest Media Group, FirstGroup, National Express and STV Group.

Sean holds an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School and is highly experienced in strategic leadership, business growth, stakeholder engagement and service delivery. He is a member of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board, and a non-executive director of South Lanarkshire College and of Scottish Golf.