Children 1st announces new Chief Executive

Children 1st are delighted to announce that Mary Glasgow has been appointed as the charity’s new Chief Executive.


Mary, who has been acting as interim Chief Executive of the charity since October 2017, was appointed through a rigorous external recruitment process.


Ken Cunningham, Chair of Children 1st’s Board said:  “Mary has an incredible depth and breadth of experience and knowledge about how family minded practice can build stronger families and communities. She is a committed champion to working with children and families, to uphold and advance their rights. We are delighted that she is bringing her passion and strategic thinking to her new formal role as Chief Executive at Children 1st.”


“Mary was instrumental in developing Children 1st’s strategic plan for the next five years and the Board look forward to continuing to work alongside her, children and their families, staff and volunteers to reach everybody in Scotland who needs our support.”


Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive Designate, Children 1st said: ““Children 1st’s mission to advance children’s rights to be safe, happy and loved in their own families and communities is as relevant today, as when the charity was first established over 130 years ago. I have incredible admiration for everybody at Children 1st, most especially the children and families we work alongside. I feel very honoured and privileged to be appointed as the charity’s new Chief Executive and am very much looking forward to keeping that mission at the heart of all we do, in the years ahead.”


Mary’s appointment as Chief Executive will be formally ratified by the full Children 1st Board at their December meeting. Until then her official title is Chief Executive Designate.


Mary qualified as a Social Worker in 1991. Since 2014 she has been the Director of Children and Family Services at Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. For the past 28 years she has spent her career working across the statutory and third sector social work/social care arenas in a number of Local Authorities and organisations, as a practitioner, trainer, manager and leader. Mary has a particular interest in how family minded practice can work to protect children’s rights and wellbeing as well as build strong families and communities. She works to develop teams and services which reflect this approach in practice.