BEFS Bulletin – Board Diversity in Public & Third Sector Organisations

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Scotland is to become the first part of the UK to legally require that women make up at least half the board members for all public authorities. MSPs at the Scottish Parliament passed the new Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday. In 2017 BEFS analysed the composition of our Members’ and Associates’ Boards – in regard to gender we found that on average 36% of Board members were women; and in relation to age, 25% were under 50. Join BEFS on the evening of Tuesday, 20th February 2018 for a discussion on Board Diversity in Public and Third Sector Organisations. Our experienced panel members; Jane Ryder (Chair – HES, previously CE – OSCR), Talat Yaqoob (Director – Equate Scotland, Chair – Women 50:50) and Beltus Etchu Ojong (CEO – Next Step Initiative); will explore both how organisations have changed, and how we need to continue to develop.

BEFS has submitted information to the Finance and Constitution Committee in response to their call for evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Planning (Scotland) Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum. BEFS comments specifically on Strategic Development Plans, Local Development Plans and Local Place Plans. Read BEFS submission.

BEFS has now registered with the Scottish Lobbying Register and has submitted three Information Returns regarding ‘regulated lobbying’ undertaken by BEFS this month. For those of you still considering whether or not to register your organisation ahead of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act coming into force on 12th March, you can view our submissions here.

It’s time to speak out! The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) wants your views on the future of National Lottery funding for heritage. They’re consulting on how they should use National Lottery Good Causes income for the period from 2019 to 2024, their next Strategic Funding Framework (SFF).

We have three fascinating guest blogs for you this week. In the first blog, Bill Pagan, BEFS Board member, and founding Board member of Cupar Development Trust, offers thoughts on progress in Cupar in 2017 and the challenges to achieving action on the ground.

Niall Murphy, Planning Convener of Pollokshields Community Council, Chair of Pollokshields Heritage and Vice Chair of the recently established Pollokshields Trust, reflects on the motivations behind a community led charrette and the challenges arising out of it, in our second blog.

Finally, Lesley Martin, strategic planner and doctoral researcher, reflects of the challenges and opportunities presented by public engagement and participation in her blog ‘Participation, inequality and inclusion: the new complexities’.


Have your say on the future priorities of the Heritage Lottery Fund – Consultation (ComRes 31/01/18)

Communities and Local Government Committee – Land value capture inquiry (BP 25/01/18)
The Communities and Local Government Committee (CLG) Committee is to examine the effectiveness of current land value capture methods and the need for new ways of capturing any uplift in the value of land associated with the granting of planning permission or nearby infrastructure improvements and other factors.
Accepting written submissions; the deadline is Friday 2 March 2018.

Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Premises with Sleeping Accommodation
Closes on 5 February 2018.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme: Second Consultation on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District and Communal Heating
Closes on 20 February 2018.

Consultation Responses

A Consultation on the Long Term Management of the Crown Estate in Scotland: Analysis of Consultation Responses (SG 25/01/18) 


Historic Environment Scotland New Guidance Note – Managing Change in the Historic Environment (HES 31/01/18) 

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill (SPICe briefing 01/18)

Letting Agent Code of Practice (SG 31/01/18)

Scottish Government News Releases

Tenants and landlords benefit from new regulations (SG 31/01/18)
Letting agent code of practice goes live. A new, statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which will improve standards and empower tenants, has come into force.

Gender balanced public boards (SG 30/01/18)
Scotland is the only country in the UK with a statutory gender representation objective for public boards. The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The bill sets an objective for public boards that 50% of non-executive members are women by the end of 2022.

Scottish Crown Estate (SG 25/01/18)
Plans to reform the Scottish Crown Estate, and give local communities more control of its assets, has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Crown Estate Bill will establish a framework for changes in the management of Scottish Crown Estate assets and give communities a stronger voice in how these assets are managed.

Homelessness and Housing Options Statistics (SG 23/01/18)
A National and Official Statistics Publication for Scotland. Scottish Local Authorities received 17,797 applications for homelessness assistance during the six months April to September 2017, 2% higher compared to the same period during 2016.

Tackling homelessness and housing (SG 20/01/18)
£1.6 million funding boost for projects across Scotland. Grants totaling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable. 17 projects successfully applied for the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme (HVGS) 2018/19, which supports third sector organisations to deliver housing related projects and services.

News Releases

£866 million investment to help unlock potential 200,000 new homes (BG 01/02/18)
Up to 200,000 new homes are set to get off the ground as government confirms £866 million investment in local housing projects. Housing Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that 133 council-led projects across the country will receive funding to support local work that will make housing developments viable and get much-needed homes built quicker.

Holyrood Committee welcomes Housing Amendment Bill (SP 1/02/18)
The Local Government and Communities Committee has recommended the general principles of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill in a report published today. The Bill is intended to pave the way for the Office for National Statistics to reclassify Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) back to the private sector in the UK national accounts.

Report from the accreditation and CPD workshop Edinburgh (CIfA 31/01/18)
CIfA held a workshop in Edinburgh focused on accreditation and continuing professional development. The event provided applicants and those considering applying for or upgrading their membership with advice on how to approach the task of demonstrating their competences. It covered practicalities of applying, and also the wider reasons for what the benefit of accreditation is for practicing archaeologists and the wider profession.

Shaping Better Places Together (University of Dundee 26/01/18)
With support from the Scottish Government, a specialist research team made up of members from the University of Dundee, Eclipse Research and Kevin Murray Associates has produced a report into the facilitation of participatory placemaking.

Committees call Carillion directors in new joint inquiry (BP 25/01/18)
The Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees launch a new joint inquiry into the collapse of Carillion, leaving a mountain of debt, potential job losses in the thousands, a giant pension deficit and hundreds of millions of pounds of unfinished public contracts with vast on-going costs to the UK taxpayer.

Web platform for sustainable building materials (A&DS 24/01/18)
Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials has been based at The Lighthouse, Glasgow since 2012. This web based resource showcases sustainable, traditional, innovative, recycled and low carbon building materials. This resource will interest construction professionals, architects, builders, home-owners and students alike.

A9 dualling proposals (HES 23/01/18)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today (Tuesday 23 January) responded to proposals to dual the A9 between Killiecrankie and Glen Garry in Perthshire, requesting more assurances around the impact on Killiecrankie Battlefield.

Scotland’s Most Polluted Streets for 2017 Revealed (Friends of the Earth Scotland 22/01/18)
A new study by Friends of the Earth Scotland ranking the country’s most polluted streets confirms that air pollution remains a public health crisis plaguing Scotland.

IHBC 2018 Belfast School, June 21-3: Home, venue and promotional pages launched (IHBC 21/01/18)
The first webpages for the IHBC’s 2018 School in Belfast – on June 21-23 and exploring ‘Our Shared Heritage’ – have been launched, and include links to venues and promotional opportunities, to help delegates, users and advertisers plan their School CPD, travel and business.

Independent review to tackle barriers to building (MHCLG 14/01/18)
Panel of experts to review the gap between number of planning permissions being granted and those built in areas of high demand.

Compulsory Purchase Order National Assembly 2017 (SG 12/17)
The Minister for Local Government and Housing’s speech at the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) National Assembly held on 12 December 2017.

IHBC’s new website for 2018: sharp design – improved access – enhanced security (IHBC 16/01/18)
The IHBC has launched its upgraded website, with a new look home page that now also includes direct links to IHBC Branch and IHBC related events across the UK.

Opinion & Comment

One brick at the time: changing the future of construction (A&DS 24/01/18)

The demise of Carillion matters to us all (Mandy Rhodes, Holyrood Magazine 23/01/18)

Culture as the ‘social glue’ in society, and the value it adds to External Relations in Scotland (Ann Packard, RSA 15/12/17) 

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question S5W-13988: Rachael Hamilton, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to protect the 160 historic sites that have been reported by Historic Environment Scotland as being at high risk.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-13672: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the average level of grant funding is for each affordable housing unit in Scotland, and how this compares with England.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (22/01/2018)

Question S5W-13671: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many homes have been delivered since 2007 for social rent, and how the supply of homes for social rent compares with that in England.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (22/01/2018)

Question S5W-13670: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many affordable homes have been delivered since 2007, and how the supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland compares with that in England.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (22/01/2018)

Question S5W-13719: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether, in furthering its land reform policies, local community organisations, such as those types referred to in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, are given the first opportunity to buy any Scottish Government-owned land or property, or part thereof.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (18/01/2018)


For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

AHSS Forth & Borders Group Lecture
‘Heroines of the Canongate: a different perspective on urban reform in the Edwardian Old Town’
Date: 5th February, at 18.30.
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA
Cost: £5 (£2.50 students) Non-members welcome! Tickets on the door.
Urban reform in the Old Town is often associated with the names of H.D.Littlejohn and Patrick Geddes. Dr Elizabeth darling adopts a different perspective, focusing on the many women who effected change in environments in and around the Canongate.

Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns [STP in partnership with VisitScotland]
Date: Wednesday 7th February 2018, 1.30pm – 4pm.
Location: Murrayfield, Edinburgh.
Learn how to maximise the opportunities from tourism in your town at this interactive workshop with VisitScotland and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Due to high demand, additional places on this workshop have been made available. Read more.
Free to STP Members | £50+VAT Non-Members

‘Researching Scotland’s textile heritage through material culture evidence’
Date: February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: National Museum Scotland Auditorium, Chambers Street Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Lecture given by Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science, History of Art, University of Glasgow. Many perspectives on the often colourful world of historical textiles are gained through scientific and historical research of material culture evidence in heritage collections. The particularly rich legacies of Scotland’s textile-producing past in museums and archives have led the University of Glasgow to investigate the significance and preservation needs of this fascinating material culture. Presented in this talk are research projects for Turkey red textiles and 19th century early synthetic dyes research, and the interdisciplinary ReINVENT and ReCREATE knowledge exchange and research networks.

‘Researching Scotland’s textile heritage through material culture evidence’
Date: February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street Glasgow, G3 8AW.
Lecture given by Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science, History of Art, University of Glasgow. Many perspectives on the often colourful world of historical textiles are gained through scientific and historical research of material culture evidence in heritage collections. The particularly rich legacies of Scotland’s textile-producing past in museums and archives have led the University of Glasgow to investigate the significance and preservation needs of this fascinating material culture. Presented in this talk are research projects for Turkey red textiles and 19th century early synthetic dyes research, and the interdisciplinary ReINVENT and ReCREATE knowledge exchange and research networks.

AHSS Strathclyde Group Lecture
‘The Enigma of Sir John James Burnet’
Date: 22 February, at 19:30.
Venue: Garnethill Room, Renfield St. Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow
Cost: £4 / students free. Tickets will be available on the door.
Niall Murphy, Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust discusses the career and buildings of Glasgow’s third architect with an international reputation. With a talent equal to Thomson and Mackintosh and an even more stellar career, Burnet remains something of an unknown.

Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018, 1pm – 6pm.
Location: University of Dundee.
The Academy of Urbanism and University of Dundee are delighted to convene a special event to consider the application of contemporary strategies to make medium-sized cities more sustainable in environmental, socio-economic and cultural terms. We have invited senior speakers from leading AoU European City Finalists, including Bilbao, Copenhagen, Freiburg and Ljubljana together with additional input from Scottish and UK specialists. Read more.
Places are free but will be limited, so registration is required by the 22 February.

‘Recent work on the sunken Bronze Age town of Pavlopetri, Greece’
Date: March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: National Museum Scotland Auditorium, Chambers Street Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Lecture given by Dr Jon Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Joint lecture with the Prehistoric Society. Pavlopetri, off the coast of Laconia, Greece, is the oldest submerged town in the world with remains dating from at least 3,500 BC through to the end of the Mycenaean period c.1,100 BC. Recent underwater research has traced structures over 8 hectares of seabed consisting of intact domestic buildings, larger public constructions, courtyards, streets, graves and rock-cut tombs. As the current project comes to a close this lecture will consider the nature of occupation at the site through time, how it came to be submerged and its wider role in the maritime trade networks of the Aegean.


Cash in with our Focus on Fundraising bundle – Digital, Data and Marketing
Museums & Galleries Scotland kickstart the New Year with a programme of training on the subject of income generation, with great courses from Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage, Culture Republic and more! We’ve got seven individual courses covering three different themes: a bundle called Focus on Fundraising, a solo artist called Rural Heritage and Commerciality, and the triple threat bundle that is Digital, Data and Marketing.

RIAS Risk Management CPD
Date: 7th of February, 1.45pm and 3.45pm.
Location: RIAS Headquarters, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH3 2BE.
Cost: The workshop is £5 which covers catering.
The aim of this workshop is to outline how Professional Indemnity Insurance policy operates in the event of a circumstance/claim and how the insurer, broker and insured work together to either manage the issue or, when needed, to settle. It is intended as a round table discussion and not a lecture. Thereafter, some real examples of common causes of circumstances/claims and how the cover operates in the case of a complaint to the ARB against the Insured will be reviewed. There are no definitive check lists in risk management and so the purpose of this event is to help you develop thinking tools to protect yourself.

In Conversation: Fundraising For Heritage Trustees (Aberdeen)
Date & time: February 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Society Of Advocates in Aberdeen Broad St, Aberdeen, AB10.
For the second ‘In Conversation’ event, chair Catherine Holden will be joined by a panel of expert guests, to share their experiences, insights and tips on fundraising for the heritage sector. The panel will be comprised of individuals working with both large and small organisations; those in the thick of a fundraising campaign, or with a campaign behind or ahead of them, and others focusing on revenue fundraising.

Crowdfunding For Arts & Heritage Organisations (Edinburgh)
Date & time: February 13 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: A&BS, 1st Floor, Rosebery House 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ.
This training event, brought to you by Arts & Business Scotland supporting Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage, will provide a ‘how-to’ guide to crowdfunding for cultural organisations.
There are 6 places for arts organisations and 6 places for heritage organisations to participate in the event which is being delivered by the creative crowdfunding agency (SoLoCo and Dig Ventures).
The training will also incorporate a hands-on simulated crowdfund so that you can try out your new skills straight away.

In Focus: Trusts & Foundations (Linlithgow)
Date & time: February 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Cross House, Linlithgow, EH49 7AH.
This session focuses on heritage organisations applying to Trusts & Foundations. The training will include: An overview of where Trusts sit within the overall funding landscape. The advantages and disadvantages of making applications. An exploration of the various different types of trusts and a guide to writing proposals. The event will explore case studies from the sector and provide top tips in making applications as well as developing and maintaining your relationship with a trust.

A General Tax Guide For Arts And Heritage Organisations (Edinburgh)
Date & time: February 21 @ 1:00 Pm – 4:30 Pm
Location: A&BS, 1st Floor, Rosebery House Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ.
This half-day seminar is a must for all financial or budget holding staff and anyone who wants to know how tax affects (and can benefit) arts and heritage organisations with charitable status in Scotland. The event will look at the tax status of income, box office arrangements, room hires, trading activities, memberships, grants and donations and sponsorship.  It will highlight tax savings that can be available and the issues and opportunities that frequently affect arts and heritage organisations. It will be based on current rules and procedures and highlight common errors and dispel common tax myths.

Trustees’ Event: Briefing On Risk Management (Edinburgh)
Date & time: February 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: RSM, First Floor, Quay 2, 139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG.
During this session, Richard Mackie – Associate Director at RSM Risk Assurance Services LLP – will provide a step-by-step introduction to risk management for trustees working in the heritage sector. Risk Management is essential to the smooth-running and sustainability of all projects and organisations. It involves consideration of both internal and external risk factors, and an evaluation of previous areas of risk which have impacted the organisation. It asks what the organisation wants to look like in five years’ time and what challenges might be faced in getting there. The process also takes in to account what beneficiaries, regulators, partners, public and other stakeholders are telling you about the organisation.

In Focus: Storytelling Using Media (Edinburgh)
Date & time: February 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Location: Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 2PG.
This hands-on practical session will allow you to identify your key messages and present them using media. This particular workshop will focus on using video as a medium for storytelling. Identifying and presenting your key messages in an appealing and visual way can support your fundraising efforts and help you to effectively communicate the value of the work that you/your organisation does as well as the value of heritage more widely.


Assistant BID Manager (Part–time Maternity Cover) (Falkirk Delivers)
We are looking for someone to cover maternity leave for 12 months from late February 2018 in the position of Assistant BID Manager – A job which carries real responsibility and a degree of autonomy. Working closely with the BID Manager to deliver agreed project outcomes on time and in budget under the key strategic objectives. Working with the project partners and BID team to identify, capture and manage risks. Working with a wide range of partners and town centre stakeholders both at a local and national level. Liaising with media and marketing teams to ensure positive promotion of Falkirk Town Centre. Identify funding opportunities for town centre projects and events.
Closing date midnight on Monday 5th February 2018 

Director (SCT)
The Scottish Civic Trust is seeking to recruit a new Director. This is a fantastic opportunity for a motivated individual to join the leading body in Scotland for encouraging civic pride in our cities, towns and villages. The Trust is a proud supporter of a nationwide network of local civic and amenity societies and is a regular campaigner for issues of national significance. The key responsibilities of the Director include the development and management of initiatives, providing advice on matters of policy and ensuring the Trust’s resources and activities are aligned with Board’s strategies. As the Trust’s principal ambassador, the Director will build and maintain relationships and networks with similar organisations and the media as well as ensuring the Trust’s reputation is maintained, therefore requiring knowledge of a range of communication strategies and media. The newly appointed Director will also be responsible for ensuring the Trust’s resources, such as finance, people and property, are deployed effectively.
Closing date: Monday 12 February 2018.

Development Officer Scotland (Heritage Trust Network)
Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. Our mission is to help others do the same.
Thanks to funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (supported by Historic Environment Scotland) and The National Trust for Scotland, we are now recruiting a Development Officer to support and connect the HTN network in Scotland, and recruit new members. We are looking for an experienced historic buildings / community development professional with the ability to bring together national and local partners to revitalise the Building Preservation Trust sector in Scotland and unlock the potential of historic buildings at risk for communities across Scotland.
The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 22 February

Volunteering Opportunity: Place and Design Panel (West Dunbartonshire Council)
Are you passionate about the importance of place making and the role of good design in our built environment? Are you willing to contribute your expertise and enthusiasm to making a difference to design quality in West Dunbartonshire? West Dunbartonshire Council is looking for people to join their Place and Design Panel; a new venture in early engagement and impartial, objective dialogue with upcoming development. The Place and Design Panel will play a key role in raising the quality of design development, improving the health, well-being, aspirations and economic fortunes of West Dunbartonshire.
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st June 2018.


Information in the Bulletin is extracted from a number of websites including the Scottish Government (SG); the Scottish Parliament (SP); Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS); Historic Environment Scotland (HES); Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH); Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); English Heritage (EH); Design Council (DC); Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG); Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); National Assembly for Wales (NAW); Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS); Scottish Government Building Standards  (SGBS); Europa Nostra (EN); Historic England (HE).