Since our early days at St Andrews, MCR has been a partnership project. Everything is built on relationships – with schools, mentors, Glasgow City Council and – most importantly – relationships with our young people. Now that we’re embarking on our next big challenge, we’ve created a new National Advisory Group to help us bring mentoring beyond Glasgow and to young people across the country. On this Group we’ve appointed some of Scotland’s most experienced figures in business, the public sector, education and the third sector.
By gathering experienced and passionate stakeholders from across Scotland, we hope to harness their expertise to bring our pioneering mentoring and talent development programme to young people from all corners of the country.
To help reach our goals, we’ve appointed a National Advisory Group which comprises of:
- Martin Armstrong, Chief Executive, Wheatley
- Professor Sir Harry Burns FRSE, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde
- Kenneth Ferguson, Director, Robertson Trust
- David Hillier, Associate Principal and Executive Dean, University of Strathclyde Business School
- Maureen McKenna OBE, Director of Education, Glasgow City Council
- Annemarie O’Donnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council
- Lena Wilson CBE, Non Executive Director – RBS Group, Intertek Group and Scottish Power Renewables
- Sandy Begbie CBE, Group Organisation and Culture Integration Director, Standard Life Aberdeen
- Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation
- Iain MacRitchie, Founder and CEO MCR Pathways, Chair of MCR Foundation, MCR Holdings
– Kenneth Ferguson, Robertson Trust
Over the last 18 months, we’ve doubled the number of young people we support to over 1,300 and embedded our Young Scottish Talent mentoring programme in all 30 secondary schools within Glasgow City Council. Early this year, we establishing mentoring in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen Schools after successful trials. Over the next two years we aim to reach 2,000 of the country’s most disadvantaged young people across 10 new Local Authorities.
The new Group will support us to deliver our vision that every care-experienced and disadvantaged young person in Glasgow, and soon Scotland, can enjoy the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.
Iain MacRitchie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and very excited to announce our new National Advisory Group for MCR Pathways.
“We all want to live in a Scotland where every disadvantaged young person is defined by his or her potential and talent and never their circumstances. I very much look forward to working towards that ambition with MCR’s new National Advisory Group.”
Mentors build a trusting, caring relationship with their young people which is the prerequisite for young people to find and accomplish their dreams. Can you become a mentor and work with one of our fab young people? When one person mentors, two lives are changed.