Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team at Children 1st is responsible for developing and implementing our strategic plan and running the organisation effectively and efficiently.

Chief Executive
Mary qualified as a social worker in 1991 and spent the first five years of her career as a social worker in Glasgow. She worked with Quarriers and Barnardo’s Scotland for 14 years before joining Children 1st in 2014.
Director of Children and Family Services
Linda is a social worker with over 30 years’ experience in the statutory, third and independent sectors. Linda has a history of leading children and family teams and services with a strong purpose and a compassionate value base at its heart.
Director of Fundraising
Gary has extensive fundraising leadership experience, having held senior roles at Cancer Research UK, the National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and THINK Consultancy Solutions.
Director of Strategic Planning and Campaigns
Mark brings considerable strategic experience as a former MSP, a Head of Policy at Barnardo’s Scotland and Director of Strategy at Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.