Chief executive, SCVO from 1991
Martin Sime has been chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) for more than 20 years, having joined in 1991.
He is on the board of ACOSVO, which is the voluntary sector's chief officers network in Scotland, and has served on the New Deal task force and the expert panel on procedures for the Scottish Parliament. He is also currently treasurer of Civicus, a global civil society network and was an advisor to the Christie Commission on Public Service Reform.
Before he joined SCVO he worked in the mental health field and had been the director of the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
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The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations has criticised the Scottish regulator, OSCR, for stepping “outside its regulatory remit” in draft guidance produced for charities on the Scottish independence referendum.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is to manage a programme providing 80 young Scots with paid work placements in charities and SMEs within the creative and arts sectors.
Scottish charities are taking a proactive approach to the challenges of today, with almost half focusing on business development in the next year and one-fifth planning a restructure.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has today released figures that it says indicate reserves are running out for the country’s small and medium-sized charities.
Why must the sector be involved? If I were a young person I would probably prefer to go to work with BT, Vauxhall, transport company or Boots because it would actually give me a work experience and skills to stay in the industry.
The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations has again defended its chief executive Martin Sime after media claims that he accepted £10,000 from the SNP government to go on a "six-month round-the-world sabbatical".
Umbrella bodies have welcomed the creation of the £1bn government fund to tackle youth unemployment but stress that the voluntary sector must be involved in its delivery.
A scheme launched by the Scottish Parliament with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has seen 766 jobs in the voluntary sector filled by young unemployed people.