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:
Brian Fearon studied Psychology at Queens University Belfast (1971), prior to qualifying in social work at the University of Sheffield (1973) and taking a Masters in criminology at Middlesex Polytechnic (1976).
Coming to Scotland in 1980, he worked for Central Regional Council Social Work Department, was appointed Director of Social Work (later with housing as Director of Social Services) for East Dunbartonshire Council in August 1995 until 2000 and has served as a member of the Expert Panel on Sex Offenders and the Scottish Community Justice Accreditation Panel.
During his social work career, he was Convenor of the Criminal Justice Standing Committee and secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Work in Scotland, and has worked, among other places, in Dumfries and Galloway, Western Isles and the University of Edinburgh Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre. He was elected a member of Clackmannanshire Council from 2003 until 2007 and was the Council’s Convenor of Education and, later, Scrutiny.
He became interim Chief Executive of Apex Scotland in April 2009 until 2010, and joined the Apex Board later that year. He was elected as Chair of the Board in December 2013.
A graduate from Stirling University in 1980, with a BSc in Management Science and Economics, Gordon is now a police officer with nearly thirty years’ experience. He has extensive operational policing experience within legacy Central Scotland Police at various senior ranks and significant national experience in the field of Criminal Justice.
Since the inception of Police Scotland in April 2013 he has fulfilled the role of Chief Superintendent, Head of Criminal Justice Division, with a focus on partnership working and the strategic development of this business area.
Frank Crowe is a sheriff sitting at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He was born in Kirkcaldy in 1952 and, after attending primary schools there and first year at Kirkcaldy High, his family moved to Edinburgh and he was educated at the Royal High School.
Frank attended Dundee University 1970-73 and obtained a law degree (Ll.B). After undertaking a law apprenticeship with the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board he joined the Procurator Fiscal Service in 1975 and worked as a depute fiscal in Dundee and Glasgow before having spells at Crown Office and Edinburgh. He was appointed Procurator Fiscal at Kirkcaldy in 1991 and Regional Fiscal at Hamilton in 1996 before becoming Deputy Crown Agent in 1999.
He left the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2001 when he was appointed sheriff at Dundee. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Director of Judicial Studies before his appointment to Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Although a criminal law specialist, Frank carries out extradition casework and has had a spell as a family law sheriff. He is interested in community sentencing as a means of reducing re-offending and monitors a large number of Drug Treatment and Testing Orders as well.
He was involved with the Lothian Victim Support Scheme from 1983 to 1991 and with Zone-Training for new Futures in Dundee 2002-2004. He is president of the Royal High School Club and does some voluntary work for the school. Frank has been fortunate to work with many outstanding people and is keen to pass his experience on to young people who are keen to learn and develop their careers.
He has two daughters, a son and four grandchildren and his main hobby is dog walking.
Beth Smith is Director of WithScotland which is the national ‘hub’ for child and adult protection hosted by the University of Stirling.
Beth is a registered social worker and has 30 years’ experience working within local authority social work services. Beth has worked as a frontline practitioner and has also held a number of management and leadership positions with a focus on multi-agency partnership working. Previously, she worked in the former Strathclyde region, Glasgow City Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council where she was Head of Service for Children and Families and Criminal Justice Social Work and also held the role of Chief Social Work Officer. Beth joined the Apex Scotland Board in June 2011.
John brings to the Board of Apex knowledge of rural affairs, the NHS in Scotland, corporate finance and healthcare issues around the Scottish Prison Service. This knowledge has been gained from his having served as National Farmers’ Union Scotland President, Chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Non-executive Director of NFU Mutual Insurance Company and Chairman of the project board which reviewed healthcare provision in Scottish prisons.
In addition to his Apex membership he is a Commissioner with the Northern Lighthouse Board and Chairman of Care Farming Scotland.
A graduate of Edinburgh University in 1990 having studied Psychology, Hamish has spent the last 8 years working for a large, international outsourcing organisation as part of the Business Development team within the UK and Europe. As part of the Global and Divisional Management teams, he currently has lead responsibility for governance and standards within the business development function as well as leading bid teams working across a range of government outsourcing sectors including, criminal justice, health, transport and defence.
Prior to this role, Hamish worked in the Scottish Prisons Service for 15 years in a number of operational and non-operational roles and, following a spell at HMP Barlinnie as one of the Governors, latterly worked at SPS HQ managing two, large, private sector contracts for the provision of custodial and prisoner escort services.
Hamish lives in Fife with his wife and 2 children and spends most of his free time in the winter playing curling and in the summer, running.
David is employed with Arthur J Gallagher as Finance Business Partner – Scotland, and has thirty years’ experience in accounting roles of increasing responsibility and seniority, reaching the position of Area Financial Controller for an US Oil Service Company. Twelve of those years were spent working overseas mainly in Europe & Africa.
David now resides in Glasgow with his daughter.
Juliana is a business adviser and mediator with a portfolio of interests in the private, public and charitable sectors. Her career started out in psychiatric nursing and her interest in the complexities of the human brain let her to read Neurobiology at Sussex University where she graduated in 1991. Since then she has had a progressive and diverse career that has involved being the CEO of a marine charity and managing director of a successful renewables company based in Edinburgh. Recently appointed as non-executive director for NHS 24 she also sits on other boards in both the private and charitable sectors specialising in renewable technologies, business development, motivation, strategic thinking, contract negotiation and planning.
She is a member of the British Neuroscience Society and the British Psychological Society as well as being a trained youth worker and strong advocate of both end of life and mental health care.
Jay lives with her partner on a working smallholding in the Scottish Borders and when time allows she enjoys hill walking, sailing, paragliding and cooking.
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, he had worked in the public sector with Fife and West Lothian Councils and in the private sector with Fife Chamber of Commerce, and accountancy firm Deloitte’s, before joining Apex.
He is a member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Policy Committee, the Scottish Charity Finance Group and an associate member of ACOSVO. He also, recently, was a part of the Scottish Government and Deloitte’s sponsored Strategic Finance Leadership Programme, representing the voluntary sector. He represents Apex on the Third Sector Employability Forum and has sat on a number of national forums in the past in relation to the client group of Apex including the Scottish Government Employability Strategy for Offenders Group, Scottish Prison Service Employability Outcomes Group, European Social Fund Advisory Group as well as being an advisor to the Scottish Parliament Child Poverty Committee.
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/PA
Lynn is senior administrator of Apex, managing a team who 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.
Karen Pryde, Apex Inclusion and Schools Development Manager
Karen manages Apex’s school services, engaging with local authority education departments, developing and promoting the Apex Inclusion and Inclusion Plus services as well as managing Inclusion staff.
Dodie Piddock, Sustainable Developments Co-ordinator
Dodie liaises with the private sector to establish meaningful partnerships in order to generate sustainable income resources for our range of services.
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.
Emma Wilson, Service Development Manager (National)
Emma works with the management team to identify and secure new business opportunities for the organisation and on the development of existing services.
SERVICE DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS
Apex teams are managed by Service Development Managers 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
North East – Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Central – Glasgow, Forth Valley, Fife, Tayside, Borders
South and South West – Dumfries and Galloway