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.

David Mitchell – Head of Operations
David Mitchell has worked at Rossie since 2006. He initially trained as a nurse in the 1980s and a Social worker in 1990s. David worked with Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Social Work teams in Dundee and Tayside.

David qualified as a Mental Health Officer in 1998. He has a Masters in Health and Social Care, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. He is a co-author of sector leading journal papers with Professor Ian Barron, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) on young people in secure care and their experiences of trauma and an evaluation of a trauma recovery intervention for young people.

Paul Gray – Head of Education, Training and Development
Paul Gray has been employed by Rossie for almost twenty-five years and is responsible for our Education Department, Staff Development, leadership and management of all Education staff, the maintenance of professional standards for all Education staff, and planning for continuous improvement.

Mr Gray is BA (hons) qualified in addition to possessing a teaching Qualification from Strathclyde University. Mr Gray is an associate assessor and periodically invited to participate on HMIe inspections. He is also a member of the national Education through Care management committee which plays a key role in advising the Government on improving education for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

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.

Kevin Northcott – Service Development Manager, Secure Care  
Kevin Northcott has been employed as a manager at Rossie since May 2020, where he has direct managerial and operational responsibility for the Secure service.

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.

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.
Prior to joining Rossie, Martin spent over ten years in similar roles elsewhere in the UK, and advised on the detail 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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