Our National Advisory Group

Leaders in Business, Education and the Public Sector Supporting MCR Pathways National Expansion

Setting Foundations

Since our early days at St Andrews, MCR has been a partnership project. Everything is built on relationships – with schools, mentors, local authorities and – most importantly – relationships with our young people. As we embark on further expansion, we’ve created a new National Advisory Group to help us bring mentoring to young people across the country. The Group includes some of Scotland’s most experienced figures in business, the public sector, education and the third sector.

By forming a collective of 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.

MCR Pathways currently operates in all Glasgow secondary schools as well as schools in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. Over each of the last 3 years, MCR Pathways has doubled the number of young people it supports weekly and aims to be fully operational across at least 15 Local Authorities throughout Scotland in the next 3 years.

The National Advisory Group will support us to deliver our vision that every care-experienced and disadvantaged young person in Scotland, can enjoy the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.

Group Members

The Advisory Group will support the MCR Pathways’ national expansion and help fully embed the MCR model within the Scottish education system. To help reach our goals, The Group which consists of:

Why Mentoring Matters To Them?

I am absolutely delighted to be part of the National Advisory Group. At the Robertson Trust a major part of our strategy is working on realising potential for young people; this project does that in spades. I look forward to seeing how we can roll out this life changing work from Glasgow right across Scotland.

Kenneth Ferguson
Robertson Trust

We’ve attracted the support of some of the sharpest minds in Scotland but, more than that, we’ve enlisted people who know the power of the MCR model. Their skills and experiences are simply world class and will have a huge impact on both practice and policy. We have some fantastic plans and individuals who get things done.

Iain MacRitchie
MCR Pathways

We are delighted to be joining the MCR National Advisory Group. Through their work with the Council over the years we have seen at first hand the difference MCR Pathways can make to the young people of the city. It is great to be part of this exciting new development.

Maureen McKenna OBE & Annemarie O’Donnell
Glasgow City Council

I am inspired by the success to date and want to do all I can to make sure I can use my economic and business skills and experiences to maximise the impact for the young people we support going forward. I really believe the future success of Scotland as a country depends on it and I am honoured to serve on the National Advisory Group.

Lena Wilson CBE
RBS Group, Intertek Group and Scottish Power Renewables

Wheatley is a proud supporter and advocate of MCR Pathways, which shares our vision that young people, no matter their background or circumstances, deserve the best possible start in life. This unique mentoring programme is helping make that vision reality and I am absolutely delighted to do what I can to embed and expand it in businesses, schools and communities across Scotland.

Martin Armstrong
Wheatley

As someone who is committed to social inclusion and opportunities for all your people I see MCR Pathways as playing a vital role in leading and driving that agenda. The impact of mentoring is considerate, there is lots of evidence to support this. It is vital we give all our young people the best opportunity to fulfill their potential, they have so much to contribute to our society here in Scotland.

Sandy Begbie CBE
Standard Life Aberdeen

The evidence is clear. One of the most powerful contributors to wellbeing in adulthood is having a trusted and supportive adult mentor during early and teenage years. Since I first heard about MCR Pathways, it has been obvious to me that the young people who are part of the programme will have the opportunity to have their lives transformed. I am honoured to be asked to be part of the Advisory Group and look forward to supporting it and the young people of MCR Pathways in any way I can.

Professor Sir Harry Burns FRSE
University of Strathclyde

MCR Pathways’ efforts are making tangible improvements in securing positive futures for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. By simply giving a young person some protected time, care and attention, I believe the possibilities for MCR Pathways are significant for the young people directly engaged and their impact upon the future of Scotland. It is great news that the charity is rolling out its programme nationwide and The Wood Foundation is delighted to be supporting its development.

Ali MacLachlan
The Wood Foundation

As the first person in my family to go to university, I understand the difficulties young people from all backgrounds face in breaking out of peer networks to aspire for something better. I have been working with MCR Pathways for a number of years with the university and been a full supporter of the ambitions and ethos of the organisation. To be asked to be part of the National Advisory Group is a great honour and will allow me to contribute my skills to the development of the organisation and its objectives.

David Hillier
University of Strathclyde Business School

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