We are governed by a Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), supported by the University of Strathclyde, and monitored by the Scottish Government, our principal funder.  

As an organisation we recognise the value and importance of governance and accountability to ensure that our work is firmly focused on making a difference for the most vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

Strategic Advisory Board

The SAB is the decision-making body and our most senior standing group. It forms the main strategic connection between us and the University of Strathclyde (the legal body supporting CELCIS), and gives strategic direction for our overall policy and goals, and for evaluating performance against our targets. The SAB analyses and applies expert views to make decisions about the services and direction of the organisation. 

SAB members are responsible and accountable for the overall strategic guidance, advice and direction of CELCIS, safeguarding the reputation and ethos of the organisation, and for promoting its work. 

The membership of this group includes:

Independent Chair 

  • Alexis Jay, CELCIS, and Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

Representative from the University of Strathclyde 

  • Professor Andy Kendrick, School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde

Independent members drawn from the fields of education, health and social work 

  • Alistair Gaw, Head of Support to Children & Young People, Edinburgh City Council, and President, Social Work Scotland
  • Angela Morgan, Chief Executive, Includem
  • Lesley Boal, Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Public Protection, Police Scotland
  • Dr Michael Smith, Lead Associate Medical Director, Mental Health Services, Glasgow City HSCP NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Neil Hunter, Chief Executive, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration

Scottish Government 

We report directly to Scottish Government (our principle funder) once a quarter. At these meetings we provide a detailed report of our activities, impact and financial performance against the negotiated objectives detailed in our grant letter. These quarterly monitoring meetings provide an opportunity for review and scrutiny of our performance, and also allow for discussion and negotiation of future direction and activities. 

University of Strathclyde

As the legal body supporting CELCIS, the University of Strathclyde provides a formal governance arrangement for CELCIS. This is managed through its accountability framework in relation to performance and finance, as well as a number of internal checks and balances that provide additional accountability in relation to finance, human resource practice, health and safety, and ethics.

CELCIS publications

Making a Difference 2016

Our report showcases and shouts about examples of our partnership work where we're making a difference to the lives of children and young people.


Just do it!

Louise Martin, the University of Strathclyde’s Widening Access Support Officer, and Jennifer Lynch Care leaver talk about going to university.
Knowledge Bank - jam packed with articles, blogs, research...

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