RSA Scotland PSR Network: Third Sector Impact on Children’s Lives
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RSA Scotland PSR Network: Third Sector Impact on Children’s Lives

RSA Scotland PSR Network: Third Sector Impact on Children’s Lives

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Third Sector Impact on Children’s Lives

Registration plus tea and coffee from 17:30. Discussions commencing at 18:00.

Join RSA Scotland for an event to consider the third sector’s impact on children’s lives, initiated by the RSA Fellows’ Public Services Reform (Scotland) Network in conjunction with Dr Ken Cunningham CBE FRSA.

Dr Cunningham, RSA Scotland Team Member, will be in the chair, and will lead the debate and Q&A after the presentations. The aim is that these spark interest amongst the RSA Fellows present to formulate a project and thus a bid to the RSA Catalyst Fund. Project thoughts ahead of the meeting would be most welcome. See below for more information on our chair.

Any questions, please contact Ann Packard: ann.packard@council-rsa.org.uk

Please book your place at the top of this page.


Dr Ken Cunningham CBE BEd MEd(Hons) DUniv FRSA FSQA: Ken is the former General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland. He has spent most of his working life in education, having held a range of school posts as well as those of adviser, inspector, Chief Examiner, and in local authority directorate. He was appointed General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland in 2008. He has chaired and been a member of a range of Government Task and Steering Groups as well as Chairman of Educational Broadcasting Council for Scotland, former Director and Vice Chairman of Young Enterprise Scotland and Notre Dame Child Guidance Boards, a member of the Qualifications Committee of SQA and the SCHOLAR Advisory Board, and a Trustee/Director of ICAS Foundation, Children’s University Scotland. He is Chairman designate, Children 1st. He was for 15 years the Head and Principal of Hillhead High School and its learning community, during which time he oversaw the merger of two large secondary schools. He was in 2002 awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to Scottish education.

Mary De la Peña, MBE, BA, MA, FRSA: Mary was appointed as Chief Executive of Children’s University Scotland in August 2013. Her career history has focused on roles involving collaboration between education and business, higher education, and community outreach. Whilst working as Education Business Partnership Manager at Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council, she completed an MA in Education and Industry through Warwick University. Mary was Education Liaison Manager for The Boots Company, and spent five years as Director of Aimhigher Nottinghamshire, working with a range of partner organisations – schools, colleges, universities, and businesses – to address the lower-than-average rates of progression to higher education that characterised many deprived communities in the region. In May 2008, Mary was appointed as Head of Schools, Colleges, and Community Outreach for Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Children’s University was one of NTU’s flagship initiatives. It was her experience of managing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Children's University within Nottingham Trent University that led to the opportunity to develop and embed Children's University in Scotland. Mary was awarded an MBE for services to higher education in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Youth Enterprise Scotland: Geoff has over 15 years’ experience of working in the Youth Enterprise arena. Before joining Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) he spent 14 years with the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) where he worked as Operations Director. One of his key objectives since joining YES was to develop a new Programme to develop entrepreneurship activity across the Further Education sector – Bridge 2 Business. In addition to his current role with Young Enterprise Scotland, Geoff serves as a Non-Executive Director with the Economic Development Association of Scotland (EDAS). Geoff has recently been awarded the Great Britain Entrepreneurial Champion Silver Award 2015.

 Alison Todd, Chief Executive, Children 1st: Alison has spent most of her career working with and for children and young people. She started with Grampian social work in residential services working with children who were looked after away from home, Alison then took up a community development role working with families, children, and young people to play a key role in their communities. Before moving to ChildLine is 2001, Alison managed a service with Rathbone in Dundee, supporting marginalised young people. In 2001, Alison joined ChildLine as counselling manager in Scotland, then becoming Assistant Director for ChildLine/NSPCC for North England, during which time she also led the organisation’s helpline development programme. Alison joined Children 1st in October 2009 as Children and Family Services Director, responsible for the charity’s national services, growing them from two to four. Before being appointed as Chief Executive in April 2014, she was Director, leading all children and family services as well as the public policy and communications functions. She has a BSc Honours in Social Sciences and a postgraduate qualification in child protection.

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