Anna Fowlie gives a response to the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission’s report presenting recommended actions to support Scotland as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of the business sector.

The report is the culmination of 18 months of activity exploring four key themes: how to build national resilience; what makes good public debate and participation; the use of data, evidence and science in understanding and responding to Covid-19; and how inclusive public service was witnessed throughout the pandemic.


Anna joined Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations as Chief Executive at the end of April 2018. SCVO is the national membership body for the voluntary sector in Scotland, providing services such as payroll and IT as well as lobbying and policy work on behalf of the sector and publishing Third Force News. Before that, Anna was Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council for nearly 9 years. The SSSC is the professional regulator for social workers and people working in adult and children’s social care.

Anna’s career started with 18 years working in HR in local government, after which Anna joined COSLA as part of the employers’ function working on, for example, national pay negotiations. Anna then became lead for all policy relating to children and young people which led to her being seconded into Scottish Government to lead on corporate parenting for children and young people in the care system before moving to the SSSC in 2009.

Anna has recently stepped down from the board of Who Cares? Scotland after 8 years, and joined the Oversight Board for The Promise. She is also on the board of SCDI. She has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University, a postgraduate qualification in HR and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.