Alumnus appointed CEO of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire

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University of the West of Scotland graduate Steven Sweeney has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan).

Steven commented: ‘I am absolutely delighted to embrace this new challenge of developing the third sector in South Lanarkshire.

“I am most excited about meeting the many fantastic Iocal third sector organisations in South Lanarkshire, listening, learning and building on the valued support provided by the excellent VASLan staff team. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Community Planning partners to further empower our communities and build on the social capital won through the pandemic.”

Steven has a long and impressive record of delivering services as a third sector leader and he has a stated passion for working collaboratively both within the sector and with Community Planning partners.

A graduate from the BSc Sport and PGDE programmes at UWS, Steven was previously Chief Operating Officer at Aberdeen FC Community Trust and prior to this was Development Officer and coach with St Mirren FC. Steven also taught Physical Education with Renfrewshire Council for 3 years.

VASLan is South Lanarkshire’s Third Sector Interface. Third sector Interfaces across Scotland are required by the Scottish Government to operate within 4 core areas of activity: Volunteering development; Social Enterprise development; Supporting and developing a strong third sector; and Building the third sector relationship with community planning.

Within these 4 core areas VASLan deliver a wide range of activities and services designed for the benefit of the Third Sector and wider community. They participate in a number of strategic partnership boards, groups and networks representing the Third Sector at all levels of engagement which cover the four core areas.

Find out more about VASLan at

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1 Response

  1. Craig Browm CBE, Ambassador, AFC says:

    Thank you for the wonderful job you did at Aberdeen FC. You will be missed but move on with the best wishes of everyone at Pittodrie Stadium and the local community.
    Good luck.

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