Annual Charities Conference 2023

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel | Edinburgh City Centre
  • Date: 9 March 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Annual Charities Conference 2023

This year’s theme is helping charities find clarity.

We welcome you to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre for our Annual Charities conference. 

The past few years have been tumultuous for the UK, not least those involved in the third sector. We have witnessed some sensational headlines and are anticipating major regulatory changes over the next few months.

We’ve created a programme to help you identify which areas of your organisation might benefit from change and why.

We’re not just looking at the upcoming Charities Act, we’ll be addressing:

• lessons to be learned from high-profile cases – Kids Company, Captain Tom Foundation, Parkrun and more…
• how to determine whether a merger is right for your charity
• why having robust cyber security measures is crucial
• trading as a charity
• key employment law updates

And after all that, there’ll be some time for lunch and networking.

Meet our speakers

Victoria Simpson

Victoria Simpson

Head of Charities, Anderson Strathern

Victoria is our Head of Charities. Her work encompasses all areas of charity law and, as a trustee of a large Scottish charity herself, she is perfectly positioned to be able to pinpoint the key learnings that everyone in the sector can take from some of the recent court cases in the sector.

Gillian Harkness-McKinlay

Gillian Harkness-McKinlay

Charity and public sector law expert, Anderson Strathern

Gillian is a director at Anderson Strathern, who was drawn to working with the third and public sectors due to their focus on helping to improve situations for Scottish citizens and for the world around us. Her session will ‘demystify mergers’, helping you to understand how and when this transition might be right for your charity. Prevention is better than cure and understanding how to protect your organisation and trustees from reputational damage, or worse, is crucial.

Basil Manoussos

Cyber security specialist, Edinburgh Napier University

Basil has almost four decades of diverse industry experience, and for the last 14 years he has worked as an Expert Witness in Digital Forensics & Digital Evidence. He was the first in his field to have a university certification in Scotland, and since 2017 has been working as the manager of The Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University. He works closely with the Law Society of Scotland, having developed their Cybersecurity Certificate for Solicitors.

His insights can help you understand how cybercrime can affect your charity and what you can do now to mitigate the associated risks.

Scott Fyfe

Trade law expert, Anderson Strathern

Scott is an associate specialising in corporate law, who is passionate about helping businesses and charities to thrive. To fit with the theme of providing clarity, his session will set out the rules of trading as a charity in Scotland as clearly as possible. To help illustrate this, he’ll provide examples of good and bad practice.

Barry Nichol

Accredited specialist in employment law, Anderson Strathern

Barry provides pragmatic professional advice on employment and equality law. His love of the theatre led him to acting for clients involved in the arts and theatre sector and he now regularly works for third sector clients. There has been a barrage of employment law updates over the past couple of years, and in his session, he’ll highlight the most important points for charities to understand, and potentially act on.

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