Harry Whiteside elected as convenor of Voluntary Action Scotland

Finance director of Voluntary Action Lochaber will head new organisation

Voluntary Action Scotland, the new umbrella body for councils for voluntary service in Scotland, has elected the chair of the steering group that set it up to be its first convenor.

Harry Whiteside, finance director of Voluntary Action Lochaber, was elected to the position at the VAS board's inaugural meeting last month.

Sandy Milne, director of Voluntary Action West Lothian, was chosen as vice convenor, and Kenny Murphy, chief officer of Falkirk and District Council for Voluntary Service, was elected company secretary.

Whiteside said VAS would seek discussions with other Scottish umbrella bodies to "explore common agendas and where we might best align our strategic activity". The Scottish Government has said it will not separately fund CVSs and volunteer centres beyond 2011 and wants to see more collaboration between umbrella bodies.

"CVSs are going through a period of considerable change, demanding new visions, confidence in our strengths and services and the ability to form new partnerships and working relationships," said Whiteside. "By having a strong national body for CVSs, we will seek to ensure that all our membership are supported in that process."

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