Our Board Members

Brian McAlinden CBE (Chair)

Brian joined the Board at Elpis in 2010 and has been chairperson for 2 years. He has 25 years experience in senior management positions in secondary schools in different local authorities.


From 2001 to 2010 he was Head Teacher of Castlemilk High in Glasgow, and in 2009 was awarded a CBE for his services to education in Glasgow. Since early retirement in 2010, Brian has acted as an educational consultant and worked with individual schools and local authorities on leadership development for staff; pupil leadership; school improvement agenda; pre and post Inspection support.


He was invited to be a member of the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary’s Raising Attainment Group in 2011 and has delivered presentations and workshops at numerous national and local conferences. Throughout his career he has been strongly committed to improving the life chances of young people. Since 2010 he has been a Safeguarding trainer for the Presbytery of Glasgow.

Catherine McBride FCIBS. Chartered Banker

Cathy joined the Board of Elpis in April 2017.

Her background is finance having had a long and varied career in banking spanning over 47 years. She joined National Commercial Bank just prior to its merger with Royal Bank of Scotland and then worked with Tesco, and held a variety of roles in retail banking culminating in the role of Regional Manager with responsibility for circa 50 branches


Cathy was a trail-blazer for women in banking taking the Chartered Banker Institute’s professional exams at a time when traditionally confined to males. She was successful in breaking through the glass ceiling, working her way to senior management positions and was inspirational in encouraging others to do the same.


At RBS Cathy was an active ambassador and networker for the Bank, raising its profile in the local community and supporting local charities. She was very involved in assisting the local hospice in fundraising and was a member of the panel for The Prince’s Trust. In 2009 Cathy joined Tesco Bank working in various departments with responsibility for delivering profit in line with budget. Laterally she held the position Head of Personnel for Operations responsible for the delivery of Tesco Bank’s People Plan, Talent and Capability agenda and was instrumental in the delivery of several major projects




Dr Rosie Ilett

Rosie became a Trustee of Elpis in January 2018 and has taken a lead role in strategic planning and fundraising since she joined. After over 20 years of working for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in senior management roles, including being seconded during that period to head up child and maternal health for the Scottish Government as well as to work with the World Health Organisation, Rosie took early retirement in 2015.


Since then she has worked in the third sector specifically in child poverty and mental health for older adults, as well as a public affairs consultant for a medical charity. Rosie's NHS career, and prior to that a previous decade working in community projects in England, involved working to address inequalities and to provide sensitive services that recognised the complexities of people's lives and experiences.


She has been committed throughout her career in engaging with service users and communities to ensure that their voice is heard in planning and decision-making.

Grace Semple

Grace has had a long association with Elpis, seeing it develop from some of its earliest days into the highly professional social care organisation it is today. She became involved through her church which was linked to the Baptist Minister whose vision and dedication was the spark behind Elpis.

With a background in psychology, Grace’s expertise lies in Human Resources, having many years’ experience in HR both within the private and the voluntary sectors. Her one departure from HR was a 3-year stint as Ombudsman for large micro-electronics manufacturing site, a unique role within Scottish industry. Grace is currently Head of HR for a large social care organisation.

James N Gibson CA

Coming from a Classics background, James is a sole practitioner Chartered Accountant with a strong involvement in the charity sector. He is a charity independent examiner and a member of the Charities Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  He is on the board of a number of charities, some with overseas interests, working with youth, senior citizens, churches, education and the environment.


 He has wide ranging practical experience in charity governance, accounting, stewardship and strategic management.  James worked for 30 years as a general practice partner in accountancy firms in Glasgow, where his portfolios included acting as charity auditor or independent examiner.  Away from the desk he enjoys hillwalking, languages and travel

Greg Gallagher

Greg Gallagher has been a Trustee with Elpis for eight years   He worked in Local Authority Social Work Services for more than thirty years and, in the last ten years, has developed and leads a third sector organisation that supports young people with complex care and development needs.

Angela Hecht

Angela joined the Elpis board in summer 2019 and is a retired Occupational Therapist working mainly with general psychiatric conditions then specialising in young people with eating disorders. Angela was a member of the Children’s Panel for some years then a member of the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee. After retiring early due to family commitments she was a board member for many years with a social care organisation and managed 120 volunteers within that organisation.









Kelda McLean

Alan Dunipace

Kelda McLean recently joined Elpis Board. Kelda has worked for over 10 years in Public Health at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health where she has been involved with a wide range of projects, including communications and community engagement. Prior to this she was employed by Glasgow City Council's social work team at the Autism Resource Centre and Homelessness Finance.  In her spare time she is a fan of ceilidh dancing, and has set up and helps run Scottish country and ceilidh dancing classes in her local community.

Alan joined Elpis’ Board in autumn 2021. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Alan has lived and worked in the city throughout his life. A lawyer by trade, and now retired, Alan spent most of his legal career with a well-known city firm of solicitors. He then worked in the charitable and third sector, and served as a director and board member with a couple of well known Scottish charities - Victim Support Scotland and Mellow Parenting – and is also involved with a couple of amateur sports clubs.

management team