Iain Forbes – Chair
Iain Forbes served as Managing Director of The Herald and Evening Times before joining the third sector as CEO of the Scottish Mentoring Network. and he has previously chaired the Glasgow Education Business Partnership, Glasgow Childcare Partnership and Variety Scotland children’s charity. In addition, he has been a director of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations and member of the Equalities Advisory Group for Scottish Enterprise.
“I am passionate about people of all ages being given the opportunity to optimise their potential, so I am immensely proud to be Chair of Includem. It’s an honour to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable Board, and to support the Includem team as they overcome challenges to provide crucial support to young people and families.”
Dave Brown originally qualified as a chartered surveyor and brings wide experience of the commercial property sector over many years in senior roles with national firms. For the last 12 years, Dave has run his own business, specialising in providing consultancy support in the areas of community investment/social value and community consultation.
“I wanted to join the Includem Board because I believe their intensive, early-intervention approach is the most effective model for helping to improve the life opportunities of vulnerable young people and, by being a Board member, I can hopefully contribute to Includem’s impact.”
John Fanning is a Chartered Accountant with extensive finance leadership experience in the private, public and third sectors. His most recent roles have been interim finance director roles in the charity sector. Prior to that he was the Director of Finance at Registers of Scotland (Scotland’s land registration service) and Director of Corporate Services at the Scottish Police Services Authority.
“I’m incredibly proud to serve on Includem’s Board of Trustees. The dedication of the staff and the work they do in improving the lives of young people is awe inspiring.”
Morag Gunion originally qualified as a teacher and taught in various schools in Glasgow and the west of Scotland before moving into senior posts in education, first as an inspector in HMIE and then as a head of service in Glasgow City Council. Morag retired from full time work three years ago, but still works with education authorities on a consultancy basis.
“In the two and a half years I’ve served on the Board at Includem, the key thing that impresses me is everyone’s commitment to changing the lives of young people and their families. Includem is committed to sticking with young people and helping them to find a better life.”
Stuart is an IT professional with over 10 years’ experience, currently specialising in Cloud Computing for all major ERP suites and has been a member of the Includem board for almost 3 years. His career experience combines both technical knowledge and service management, over a broad spectrum of customer industries including: manufacturing, retail, financial services, healthcare and public sector.
“I was introduced to Includem through a client I have worked with for several years. From the moment I met several colleagues, I was really enthused to learn about the work being carried out helping young people across Scotland and wanted to get involved.”
Abigail Kinsella is a careers guidance professional who has extensive experience working in local government, in higher education institutions and Skills Development Scotland at a national level, supporting the development of education, employment and skills policy, strategy and implementation. Abigail has a keen interest in helping young people and adults develop their employability skills and achieve their career ambitions.
“I never fail to be impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by Includem colleagues, especially those who work face to face, 24/ 7, with young people and their families. There are many obstacles in the way of young people deciding the most appropriate career path, but with personalised information, advice and guidance, individuals can be inspired to achieve their goals and lead productive, fulfilling lives.”
In a career relating to children and young people, Sally Kuenssberg worked in the Scottish juvenile justice system for 20 years, training members of the Children’s Panel then serving as first chair of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration. She also chaired the Yorkhill NHS Trust and served on the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. Among many voluntary activities, she has been a Trustee of Save the Children and a governor of several schools.
“I admire Includem’s model of 24/7 support, the strong shared values of all staff and their commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children. As a Board member, I welcome the chance to draw on my experience in contributing to this important work.”
Bruce Marks is a Chartered Accountant and is a Director at KPMG LLP. He brings significant experience in Operational Financial Management and Corporate Governance and has provided accounting and financial advice to a range of charities over the course of the last 15 years.
“In the 10 years I’ve been on the Board at Includem, the one thing all staff demonstrate consistently, every day is the belief that no young person should ever be written off.”
Stephen, who retired from the Police service in 2014, has extensive experience in partnership working with the third sector in reducing reoffending for children and young people. From 2011 to 2013 he was operational Police lead for the Impact Project partnership with Includem and the Project Manager for creation of One Glasgow Reducing Offending Partnership. These roles are the those which Stephen wished to remain engaged in to any degree following retirement as they truly deliver better lives.
“As a trained Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, I would often find myself in challenging conversations, which is more often about the skill of listening. Includem workers could teach us all about the art of listening and how that ultimately supports children, young people and their families in identifying what needs to be done and making better choices.”
Kevin has held a series of senior strategic communications roles in the Police, Scottish Government and public sector. Previously, Kevin worked in Scottish newspapers and was Chief Sub-editor at The Herald in Glasgow. He has an MSc in Public Relations from Stirling University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
"Includem’s inspiring work − helping young people realise their full potential − benefits all our communities; it is a privilege to join the board and seek to build on these achievements."
David Wallace brings extensive experience in strategic and operational marketing across the private, public and third sectors, both in-house with Sony, Royal Bank of Scotland and Shepherd & Wedderburn and as a consultant. He has run his own marketing consultancy since 2006.
“I joined Includem’s board to give something back, but have discovered that I gain and learn as much myself from the experience. What the team achieves in improving young people’s lives is remarkable, inspiring and motivational.”