The Apex Scotland Board is responsible for the governance of the organisation. This includes ensuring the organisation is well managed and run in terms of finance, service delivery and reputation. It agrees strategic objectives with the Corporate Management Team and works with them to ensure that these objectives are met.
The current Board members are:
Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Ann graduated with an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh followed by a PG Cert in Youth & Community Work from Aberdeen College of Education.
Ann worked as a community education worker and lived in Aberdeenshire for more than 30 years becoming a head of service for Culture and Learning at Aberdeen City Council. During this period, Ann also graduated with an M.Ed from the University of Aberdeen and a Diploma in Change Management from the Robert Gordon University.
At the end of 2011, Ann moved from the statutory sector to the voluntary sector and started work with Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. As director of Crisis Skylight Edinburgh for 7 years Ann established and developed the charity’s outreach services delivering education, training and one-to-one support to homeless people in Edinburgh.
Ann is Vice Chair of the Board of Edinburgh College, a trustee of the Edinburgh Development Trust and the Secretary of Southside Community Choir.
Ann has three adult sons, two of whom live in Edinburgh. The eldest lives with his family in Kuala Lumpur.
Karen is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The majority of her career has been in Local Government finance with her most senior positions being held at the City of Edinburgh Council. She served as Head of Financial Services until 2012, during which time she also undertook the role of Treasurer to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Forth Road Bridge. In 2012 she moved to a new position of Head of Corporate Programmes at the Council, responsible for oversight of a diverse range of major projects. After leaving the Council in 2015, Karen moved into consultancy and training, specialising in financial management and corporate governance. At this time she also sought to widen her portfolio through non executive opportunities. She is currently a Non Executive Director at the Golden Jubilee Foundation Hospital where she chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and a Board Member at the City of Glasgow College where she is Chair of the Finance & Physical Resources Committee.
Kathrine graduated from the University of Edinburgh BA LLB. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1978 and practised principally in the field of civil litigation. She was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Medical Negligence. From 1994 until 1997 she served as the first female President of the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland, and was appointed as a Sheriff in 2000, sitting principally in Edinburgh.
Kathrine was a member of the former National Group to Address Violence against Women, and chaired a multi-agency group responsible for establishing and monitoring a pilot Domestic Abuse Court in Edinburgh and thereafter, in 2015, a Domestic Abuse Court. She was one of six Sheriffs designated to sit in the All Scotland Personal Injury Court, was Chair of the Edinburgh Sheriff Court Personal Injury Users Group, a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council Personal Injury Committee and the Court of Session PI Users Group.
Kathrine retired from the judiciary in April 2018 but still holds a commission to sit as required. She is an advisor to the Board of Community Justice Scotland, a member of the Independent Prison Monitors Advisory Group, a member of the RRT Advisory Group and Chair of the Applecross Community Forum.
Kathrine is married with one adult daughter and a black Labrador. In her spare time she acts as a Judicial Officer in rugby and other sporting disciplinary bodies.
Peter joined the board of Apex Scotland in September 2020. He lives in Aberdeen and works for Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership as an Employability Officer. He previously worked in social care; the civil service, and in social enterprise development.
Peter has wide-ranging experience of voluntary sector governance, having served on the boards of around 13 various sized organisations over the past 25 years. He enjoys learning how to do governance better; having as much to learn, as to offer in that respect.
Peter is a member of the Institute of Employability Professionals; the Chartered Management Institute; and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Peter was recently awarded the internationally recognised Certified Disability Management Professional – CDMP – status having completed the Return to Work/Supported Employment qualification with the National Institute of Disability Management and Research based in Canada.
Pamela graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2013 with an MA (Hons) in Classical Studies, after which she spent a year studying at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She went on to complete an MSc (Res) Psychology at the University of St Andrews between 2018 and 2020 which investigated the attainment gap.
Pamela’s career to date has focused on increasing access to further and higher education for those from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. She also has a personal interest in social justice and working with people of all ages to ensure they realise their full potential.
Pamela worked for the University of St Andrews Admissions and Access Team for five years, where she co-led the access portfolio, including developing and consolidating the First Chances Fife programme. Pamela also led on corporate parenting strategies and support for care experienced students for the university. In 2019, Pamela entered the role of Senior Policy Analyst for the Scottish Funding Council, where she supported the development and funding of access programmes, and provided support with the remit of the Access, Skills and Outcome Agreement team. In 2020, Pamela returned to the University of St Andrews to the role of Medical Admissions Officer.
She resides in Dalgety Bay with her partner. Her hobbies include travelling, hiking, reading and Crossfit.
Karen graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a BA joint (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology. After working in the private sector she moved into the third sector where a passion for all things prevention and early intervention were realised through innovative service delivery, service design and partnership working.
Karen began her employment with Apex Scotland as a frontline practitioner, gaining invaluable experience and developing a bespoke skillset through the partnership with Venture Trust and delivering services for criminal justice, SPS, DWP and local authority contracts before developing into leadership roles. Her greatest privilege and professional achievement to date is the development of the RE:SET – revising youth mindset service (formerly Apex Inclusion), which she grew from one school to a national service; creating a bespoke curricula to improve outcomes for children and young people at risk of exclusion. Karen also worked in the evenings as a youth worker in Fife for 10 years, serving intermediates and seniors in Kennoway, Leven and Methil.
After a rewarding 12 years at Apex Scotland, Karen stepped into the public sector as one of Education Scotland’s Attainment Advisors. Karen plays a strong role in linking the work of Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Local Authorities to improve educational attainment and to reduce the attainment gap between children and young people from the least and most socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
Karen lives in Fife with her husband, children and their pet dog. In her spare time she enjoys catching up with friends and family, going for walks, listening to music, being part of her church assembly and reading.
Gordon was a police officer with 30 years’ experience managing a wide range of responsibilities, including setting direction and overseeing delivery of child protection/MAPPA/ and domestic abuse. He was a senior investigating officer for 15 years and was head of Crime Management Training nationally. Gordon has delivered strategic management training nationally and internationally. He has extensive experience in working with multi agency partners across a wide range of issues. Gordon chaired and sat on national working groups influencing direction of travel including crime management and the management of substance abuse in communities. He has a passion for early intervention informed by his work within the criminal justice system.
He has also, most recently, worked within the higher education environment where he helped drive enhanced university approaches to mental health first response and in particular to supporting strategy and practice around gender based violence and enhanced 24 hour first response support for students generally. He was chair of the national security association within Scotland and sat on the UK board. He has travelled abroad reviewing university security and protest management arrangements in Hong Kong.
He lives in Alloa with his family and labrador. He loves football and follows Falkirk Football Club.
Stephen is currently the Deputy CEO at Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust. Prior to this he held management roles in the NHS, Local Government and the Children’s Commissioner’s Office.
In his free time Stephen enjoys playing football and basketball. He loves spending his holidays hill walking and wild camping in the North West of Scotland.
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT TEAM
The corporate management team have responsibility for the day to day running of the organisation. They provide the managerial leadership and are responsible for the development and implementation of the organisational strategy.
Alan came to Apex as CEO in February 2010 having previously been CEO of CrossReach and before that Director of Modernisation for Suffolk Mental Health Partnerships NHS Trust.
Trained as a psychiatric nurse Alan went on to work in Nottinghamshire and East Anglia as an addictions specialist establishing services and working with both the Dept of Health in policy formation and with the Health Advisory Service as an inspection team leader. A well known lecturer and writer in his field Alan went on to manage a range of NHS areas covering mental and community health services and subsequently took on a number of Director roles including CEO of a community health NHS Trust. A keen champion of the voluntary sector he was Chairman of a YMCA Board for ten years and editor of the ANSA Journal and the International Journal of Substance Misuse.
In 2006 Alan moved to Scotland to take up the CrossReach role and developed his Third Sector skills including being elected as President of Eurodiaconia (the European Confederation of Protestant Care Providers) and representing the sector on a range of policy and negotiating bodies. His current role as CEO of Apex offers new challenges which he believes are at the same time both scary and stimulating which rather reflects the culture within the organisation where the way in which Apex seeks to challenge and inspire its service users is mirrored by the progressive ethos within the staff team.
Alan’s lifelong commitment to marginalised and socially excluded people is reflected in his external interests which include supporting and working with charities and community groups as well as walking, sailing, fishing and making music. In his work with a range of NGOs he has worked voluntarily in Eastern Europe and remains an advisor to several NGOs and European policy bodies. He and his wife live in Polmont and have a daughter who works in London.
Philip has worked with Apex Scotland since 1997. A qualified accountant for more than 21 years, he has extensive experience in the public and private sector as well as within the Third Sector. A member of the Scottish Charity Finance Group and an Associate member of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations, Philip has also represented Apex on a number of forums over the years bringing financial, political and strategic knowledge to the fore.
He has an in depth understanding of all aspects of Third Sector and Social Enterprise financing and has contributed to the development of social investment thinking and approaches in Scotland.
Philip is a non-executive Director of the social enterprise, Track2Train, which will provide real work opportunities for people with convictions, or those at risk of gaining convictions.
Gerard has been with Apex Scotland since 1997 when he joined the CueTen project as a Councillor/Trainer. This project, for 14-16 year old persistent offenders, was based in Fife and was widely acclaimed for its innovative approach to the issue of youth offending.
In 1999, Gerard moved to Stirling to manage Apex services in Forth Valley. These services included an employment and guidance service, prison based services in HMP YOI Polmont, HMP YOI Cornton Vale and HMP Glenochil and several contracts with Forth Valley Enterprise and Triage. He was also responsible for the first mentoring project within the organisation, matching volunteer mentors with clients who required additional support.
In 2001, Gerard was appointed Service Manager with responsibility for the organisation’s strategy for youth services, staff development and volunteering. In 2002, he took responsibility for child protection and sex offenders strategy.
In 2012, Gerard was appointed as Head of Operations with responsibility for all of Apex services and operations including health and safety and workforce development and planning. As a member of the Corporate Management Team he contributes to the governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
Outwith Apex, Gerard has been a member of Fife Children’s Panel since 1993, Chair of Fife Children’s Panel 2001-2010 and national Children’s Panel Chair 2007-2010.
His hobbies and interests include following East Fife FC and travel.
The central support team helps to ensure that the organisation runs efficiently and compliantly, providing a range of services for Apex staff and partner organisations.
Lynn Hannah, Central Support Manager
Lynn is senior administrator of Apex, managing a team which provides a full range of administrative services for the organisation and Board, including resources and events.
Mhairi Simpson, Finance Manager
Mhairi is head of Apex’s finance team which is responsible for the management of Apex’s budgets and finance administration for the organisation. She works with the Director of Finance to provide financial advice and guidance to the Board of Directors.
Elaine Brown, HR Manager
Elaine manages the HR function for the organisation, including all personnel matters and developing, advising on and implementing policies for an effective workforce.
Judith Thomson, Apex RE:SET and Schools Development Manager
Judith manages Apex’s school services, engaging with local authority education departments, developing and promoting the Apex RE:SET services as well as managing RE:SET staff.
Derek Milligan, Health, Safety and Welfare, and Training Officer
Derek looks after and advises on all aspects of Apex’s health and safety requirements. He is responsible for the implementation of the workforce development programme and training programmes delivered by Apex.
SERVICE DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS
Apex teams are managed by Service Development Managers and/or Team Leaders who are responsible for the operational day to day activities in each area as well as working with local partners and funders to achieve the best outcomes for our service users.
North West – Highlands and Islands
Rioghnach Armstrong (Team Leader)
North East and Tayside – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Dundee
Central – Edinburgh and East
Jessica Gillespie (Team Leader)
Central – Edinburgh, Fife and Borders
Ann Mathieson (Team Leader)
Central – Forth Valley
Central – Glasgow and West
Andrew Kimmett (Team Leader)
Central – Glasgow and West
South and South West – Dumfries and Galloway