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.
David is employed with Capall Dorcha Theatre Company as Finance Manager and has over thirty years’ experience in accounting roles of increasing responsibility and seniority, reaching the position of Area Financial Controller for a US oil service company. Twelve of those years were spend working overseas, mainly in Europe and Africa.
David now resides in Glasgow with his daughter.
Jim worked for 37 years in various positions within the public sector mostly in the community justice and addiction services. From 2006, until he retired in 2016, he was Chief Officer at North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority. Jim was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy and Edinburgh University (Moray House) and has degrees in economics and community education.
Neil is a recently retired HR professional with over 20 years of experience working at a senior level across a variety of sectors having worked in the UK and abroad. He is also a qualified accountant and practicing journalist, occasionally providing freelance support advising and supporting small organisations on a variety of business and commercial issues. As well as a Trustee with Apex Scotland, Neil is a board member for a youth charity in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh where he lives. He has a grown up son, is active across a range of sports and enjoys travelling extensively.
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.
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/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.
Louise Love, Apex RE:SET and Schools Development Manager
Louise 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.
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.
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
Rioghnach Armstrong (Team Leader)
North East and Tayside – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Dundee
Central – Edinburgh, Forth Valley, Fife
Central – Glasgow, Borders
South and South West – Dumfries and Galloway