Who's In Charge?

As a charity, Rossie is run by a Board of Governors, who deliver all responsibilities though the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Leadership and Management Team.

Our Board of Governors work with the Senior Leadership and Management Team to make Rossie a well-organised, cost-effective and sustainable organisation. The Board of Governors are volunteers, each with different areas of expertise, who together contribute their knowledge and capabilities to develop the charity’s work.

Meet our Board of Governors

Carole Richardson – Chair
Carole working background is in the Local Authority Government, where she was responsible for the management of the homelessness service. Carole has been both a Children’s Panel member and a Children’s Panel Practice Adviser.

Fiona MacKenzie – Depute Chair
Fiona’s background is in nursing. She has been heavily involved in voluntary work and served on the Children’s Panel both as a member and as Chair.

Edward Russell
Edward’s background covers finance, commerce and farm management.

Robert Thompson
Robert has recently (August 2017) retired after 36 years of teaching in Dundee. He has held posts as a teacher of speech and drama, a Principal Teacher and a Guidance teacher.

Jeannie Maclean
Jeannie’s background is in teaching. She has been a member of the Children’s Panel, and most recently has worked as a Depute Manger for Children’s hearings Scotland learning Academy at west Lothian College.

John Sutcliffe
John has expertise in the worlds of commerce and farming. He was heavily involved in the development of Rossie’s new secure building. This was recognised when he was awarded the MBE for services to young people.

Ellenore Foulis
Ellenore’s background is in law. She has worked as a Safe guarder to Children’s Panels throughout Scotland.

Jacqueline Watson 
Jacqueline has spent 20 years working in Marketing, Coaching and Leadership Development.

Eddie Frizzell 
Eddie worked for the Government in Scotland and had senior roles in relation to Justice, Business & Industry, Higher Education and Finance.

Meet our Senior Leadership Management

Mary Geaney – Chief Executive Officer
Mary Geaney has held the position of CEO of Rossie since June 2016. She is an experienced senior executive who has worked with multiple stakeholders in complex political environments up to and including Ministerial level. She has worked within the public, private and charity sectors – delivering change programmes at local, regional and central government levels.  She has extensive experience of strategic planning, change management, commissioning/providing services, within robust contract management frameworks.

As CEO she achieves results through leading and developing high performing teams within a context of appropriate governance and financial management. She has led on transformational organisational change as well as large start up programmes of large financial value.  Her preferred leadership style is collaborative, working with key stakeholders/partners to achieve results operating within principles of reciprocity– however she is extremely competitive for her organisation at all times. She has achieved formal recognition and awards in a variety of roles for her organisations throughout her career – and always ensures her staff are recognised in any such achievements/awards.

A double Masters level academic with relevant degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science,  and Warwick Business School – she is committed to continued professional development to deliver excellence for her organisation.

Since taking up post she has increased revenue year on year, achieved efficiencies, won a new 4 year contract, won 4 National Awards for the organisation, gained formal commendation in Holyrood for the organisation on 2 separate occasions. Most recently her own leadership was recognised by The Association of Scottish Businesswomen National Business Awards when she won the Professional of the Year 2018.

Kevin Northcott – Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Northcott has been employed as a manager at Rossie since May 2020, where he had direct managerial and operational responsibility for the Secure service, before being appointed as Deputy CEO in May 2022.

Kevin has previous care sector experience having been Head of Operations within an organisation for 5 years.  Kevin is a qualified Teacher along with having a MSc in Management & Leadership.

Kevin is currently a CALM Instructor and is passionate about restraint reduction within the care sector and working towards positive outcomes for the most vulnerable young people in our society.

Dawn Lynch – Head of Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning
Dawn Lynch commenced employment with Rossie in January 2022 and is responsible for our Education Department, with a particular focus on skills for life, skills for learning, and skills for work for each of our young people.

Dawn’s professional qualifications include Batchelor of Education in Music (with hons), a PGDE in Guidance, Pastoral Care and Pupil Support, GTC accreditation in Values Based Leadership, and the Standard for Headship.  Our Education team is fully committed to ensuring that our service offer is diverse, wide ranging, and continually evolving to respond to the changing talents and aspirations of our young people.  Dawn is responsible for ensuring that all Education team members develop and maintain the highest level of professional standards of service delivery as we continue to enable our young people to achieve success, accreditation and awards.

Blair Nicolson – Service Manager, Residential Care
Blair Nicolson has been employed as a manager at Rossie since 2004, where he initially managed part of the secure provision. Since 2011, he has had direct managerial and operational responsibility of all the houses and workers within the Residential Service.
Blair is a qualified social worker and has worked in residential child care for a number of years since 1994 both as practitioner and manager. Blair has a strong commitment to the empowerment of vulnerable young people and contributing to the professional development of current residential service provision.

Aileen Ingram – Specialist Intervention Health and Wellbeing Manager
Aileen Ingram has been employed at Rossie since 1998 in a variety of roles, and has experience of working within the Secure and Residential Services as well as Throughcare and Assessment and Interventions team.

Aileen is a qualified Social Worker and has been a Deputy Service Manager within Residential since 2014.

Aileen was appointed as the Specialist Intervention Health and Wellbeing Manager in March 2022.

Martin Brown – Service Manager, Business and Facilities
Martin Brown has worked at Rossie since 2007, initially joining to work on the development and commissioning of Rossie’s new £12m premises. Today, his role also oversees the organisation’s facilities, capital development, procurement, security, health and safety, IT services, and marketing, along with the catering and household teams.
Prior to joining Rossie, Martin spent over ten years in similar roles elsewhere in the UK, and advised on the design and operational details of several other new secure units in England, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.

Serena Brown – Service Manager, Management Support 
Serena Brown has worked at Rossie since 1994. Prior to joining Rossie, she held a number of positions within NHS Tayside in the Finance team, initially within administration and latterly in junior managerial positions. Today, she is responsible for the delivery of the Management Support function of the organisation, leading a team of 13 staff in various disciplines including Human Resources, Management Information, Clerical and Administration.

Serena works closely with CEO and senior colleagues in the delivery of the organisational Business Plan and strategic Priorities ensuring Rossie has a sustainable future for both staff and young people.

Who we help

I am a great fan of Rossie because of the outcomes you achieve. It’s always a pleasure to visit. ”

– Panel Member

Young people

We support our young people through all aspects of their stay, while giving them hope for the future. Find out more if you’re a young person looking for more information.

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Parents & Carers

We ensure parents and carers are involved in their child’s care plan as much as possible. Find out more if you’re a parent or carer looking for more information.

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We work with our partners to provide a bespoke service to each of our young people. Find out more about our partners.

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