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The Promise Scotland is split into three staff teams:

The Insights team

This team establishes what information Scotland needs to #KeepThePromise. They also make sure the people who need that information both know and understand it.

The Support team

This team supports individuals and organisations across Scotland in their work around keeping the promise.

The Governance and Operations team

This team works behind the scenes to make sure The Promise Scotland functions effectively as an organisation. They also support The Oversight Board in their work monitoring the promise.

Chief Executive Officer

Fraser McKinlay - Chief Executive Officer
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Fraser McKinlay

Chief Executive Officer

Fraser McKinlay is the Chief Executive Officer of The Promise Scotland and sits on the Board of Directors.

He spent 16 years working for Audit Scotland, including ten years as Controller of Audit and Director of Performance Audit and Best Value (PABV). He has been running his own consulting business since April 2021.

As Controller of Audit (CoA), Fraser reported to the Accounts Commission on all matters relating to the audit of local authorities in Scotland. In his ten years as CoA, he produced over 60 Best Value audit reports across all local authorities, alongside many other statutory reports.

As Director of PABV, Fraser was responsible for performance audit across all sectors of public services in Scotland. This work focused on:

  • governance,
  • financial sustainability, and
  • value for money.

Before joining Audit Scotland, Fraser was a public services consultant with Eglinton in Edinburgh and KPMG in London. He specialised in leadership, change management, facilitation and process improvement.

Since starting his own business, he has worked with a range of clients in the public and third sectors, specialising in:

  • strategy,
  • leadership, and
  • change.

He is particularly interested in systems change, and how we use public money more effectively to deliver improved outcomes for citizens, families, and communities.

In October 2021, Scottish Ministers appointed him as a member of the Independent Oversight and Assurance Group for Mental Health Services in Tayside.

Fraser holds:

  • a Postgraduate Diploma (with Distinction) in Strategic Leadership from Warwick Business School, and
  • a degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Teams

Claire Stuart - Head of Insights
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Claire Stuart

Head of Insights

Claire leads the Insights Team and is a member of The Promise Scotland’s Senior Leadership Team. The work she leads splits into two parallel programmes:

  • data, information and evidence used to track and monitor Scotland’s progress to #KeepThePromise and,
  • data, information and evidence as improvement tools across the change landscape.
Claire Burns - Insights Lead
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Claire Burns

Insights Lead

Claire's job is to understand where Scotland is in its journey to #KeepthePromise by 2030.

With her colleagues, she works to collate and analyse data from many different sources. They use what they find from that data to drive accountability, innovation and change.

Stephanie Crisp - Improvement Lead
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Stephanie Crisp

Improvement Lead

Steph works with others to understand how data, evidence, and research can be used to improve things so that Scotland can #KeepThePromise. 

Her job is to make sure that this work stays rooted in what the Independent Care Review heard about what matters to children and families.

Selvarani Selvaraja - Doing Data Differently Manager (Maternity Cover)

Selvarani Selvaraja

Doing Data Differently Manager (Maternity Cover)

To #KeepThePromise, we need to do data and evidence differently.

As the Doing Data Differently Manager, Selvarani oversees projects around improving data in Scotland.

The first of these is The Promise Data Map, which will allow us to understand what information is collected and shared throughout Scotland. This creates a system that impacts through efficient use of data, not mere generation of it. In this way, it improves the quality of data Scotland has.

Rebecca Rierson-Lott - Analysis Coordinator
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Rebecca Rierson-Lott

Analysis Coordinator

Rebecca analyses data for the Insights team around how Scotland can improve, within the work programs:

  • Using Money Differently— how Scotland can spend money more effectively, and
  • Doing Data Differently— how Scotland can gather data in a way that's centred on children and families.

Her work includes:

  • supporting projects,
  • designing and structuring projects, and
  • analysing text of reports and publications.
Alison Sutherland - Head of Support

Alison Sutherland

Head of Support

Alison leads The Promise Scotland’s Support Team which is focused on engaging with a wide range of organisations to #KeepThePromise. This includes:

  • Building new ways of working
  • Identifying and sharing/communicating effective practice
  • Facilitating networking events
  • Nurturing Communities of Interest, and
  • Driving reformed local and national activity

Alison’s background is in Children’s Services with experience as Head of Children, Families and Justice Services in a local authority, and previously in Education as a former Head Teacher of two secondary schools. She also serves as a non-executive Board Member at Ayrshire College.

Rachael Hood - Promise Design School Programme Lead
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Rachael Hood

Promise Design School Programme Lead

Rachael helps people tasked with change – or keen to influence it – with access to support and programmes that help them #KeepThePromise.

She has a focus on connecting people with lived experience – whether that’s children, young people or families – to influence and design. Together, they find creative ways to problem-solve, including design thinking approaches.

Careen Rennie - Implementation Lead

Careen Rennie

Implementation Lead

Careen listens to and collaborates with people and organisations across Scotland to drive forward the change needed to #KeepThePromise.

She’s passionate about relationship-based practice, leading teams to support positive outcomes and driving change through partnership working and collaboration.

She also acts as Promise Delivery Partner for Falkirk.

Chloe Riddell - Policy Lead
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Chloe Riddell

Policy Lead

Chloe leads The Promise Scotland’s policy work. She helps to make sure that Scotland's policy and legislative framework and scaffolding is effective at upholding and enabling the implementation of The Promise.

She works to support the translation of these laws and policies into practical changes for children and families.

Thomas Carlton - Implementation Lead (On Secondment)
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Thomas Carlton

Implementation Lead (On Secondment)

Thomas and his colleagues seek to get alongside all those looking to keep the Promise, to respond to their support needs in order to best drive the necessary required change.

It is a privilege to lead the Promise Delivery Partners in this work, which currently has a focus on supporting local areas and organisations funded from The Promise Partnership.

Thomas is currently on secondment to Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) where he is leading the Moving on Change Programme.

Emma Young - Policy Officer

Emma Young

Policy Officer

Emma supports the Policy Lead and broader public affairs team to develop evidence-based policy positions and advice.

By doing this, she helps decision makers make sure the conclusions of the Independent Care Review are embedded across Scotland’s policy and legislative developments to #KeepThePromise.


Promise Delivery Partners

Promise Delivery Partners work alongside local and regional areas, supporting change and innovation as they happen in places across Scotland.

They provide connection across Scotland to transfer local action into national learning.

When good practice is happening somewhere to keep the promise, they can help make sure it spreads. And when positive change happens, they can help it to happen elsewhere.

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Laura Beveridge - Promise Delivery Partner
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Laura Beveridge

Promise Delivery Partner

Laura’s background covers residential childcare, youth justice and activism. Following on from her work with the Care Review, enabling voice continues to be the golden thread through all she does.

As a Delivery Partner, she works in partnership with:

  • Edinburgh, and
  • North Lanarkshire.
Tom Boyd - Promise Delivery Partner

Tom Boyd

Promise Delivery Partner

Tom has a background working alongside the care experienced community in both the third and public sector. He is passionate about fresh approaches to enabling relationships between the workforce and children, young people and families.

Tom covers:

  • Highland,
  • Moray,
  • Orkney,
  • Shetland, and
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar.
Greig Ferguson - Promise Delivery Partner

Greig Ferguson

Promise Delivery Partner

Greig’s background is in child and family social work, and he has worked with families throughout his career. He is passionate about using restorative practices to support families. 

As a Promise Delivery Partner, Greig works in partnership with:

  • Angus,
  • Fife,
  • Dundee, and
  • Perth and Kinross.
Clare Morris - Promise Delivery Partner
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Clare Morris

Promise Delivery Partner

Clare has a background in early childhood education and innovation. She is passionate about unlocking learning that will drive change to keep the promise.

As a Promise Delivery Partner, she covers:

  • East Ayrshire,
  • North Ayrshire, and
  • South Ayrshire.
Rachel Keenan - Promise Delivery Partner
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Rachel Keenan

Promise Delivery Partner

Rachel has worked in social work supporting children and families across her career.  She cares deeply that families get the right support at the right time.

Rachel covers:

  • Aberdeen City,
  • Aberdeenshire,
  • Clackmannanshire, and
  • Stirling.
Fiona Robertson - Promise Delivery Partner
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Fiona Robertson

Promise Delivery Partner

Fiona has worked in Community Learning and Development with young people, adults and families. She is passionate about people having a voice, which helps shape better outcomes for all.

Fiona covers:

  • Dumfries and Galloway,
  • East Renfrewshire,
  • Renfrewshire, and
  • South Lanarkshire.
Laura Sharpe - Promise Delivery Partner
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Laura Sharpe

Promise Delivery Partner

Laura has a background in the third sector, leading participation to influence policy, practice and systems change. It’s important to her that Scotland offers inclusive and equitable support— to children, young people, families, and the workforce.

Laura covers:

  • Argyll and Bute,
  • East Dunbartonshire,
  • Glasgow,
  • Inverclyde, and
  • West Dunbartonshire.
Louise Whitelock - Promise Delivery Partner
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Louise Whitelock

Promise Delivery Partner

Louise’s background covers quality assurance and senior leadership within the third sector— and throughout her career, she’s worked alongside children and families.  Equality and inclusion remain important to Louise, with a particular focus of intersectionality.

She also covers:

  • East Lothian,
  • Midlothian,
  • Scottish Borders , and
  • West Lothian.
Morag Burnett - Head of Governance
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Morag Burnett

Head of Governance

Morag works with colleagues across Scotland to ensure that there is clear accountability to #KeepThePromise nationally and locally.

She makes sure that The Promise Scotland’s own governance and operations are excellent, and runs the secretariat that supports The Oversight Board.

Asima Hussain - Finance and Central Services Manager

Asima Hussain

Finance and Central Services Manager

Asima works alongside colleagues across the organization to deliver services and provide advice and support on all aspects of finance, risk, HR and business planning.

She also leads on:

  • regulatory requirements ensuring legal and financial compliance, and
  • organisational risk management and mitigation processes.
Robert Shepherd - Online Tools Manager
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Robert Shepherd

Online Tools Manager

The Promise Scotland manages several online tools.

Eventually, these will include:

  • this website,
  • The Promise Data Map, and
  • The Promise Change Programme.

Robert works to make sure these tools will:

  • be clear,
  • be accessible, and
  • work together in a way that makes sense to their users.
Gillian Sinclair - Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator

Gillian Sinclair

Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator

Gillian supports The Promise Scotland's Chair and Chief Executive by planning and organising their time.

She also:

  • leads on governance and assurance processes
  • supports the Directors of the Promise Scotland, and
  • co-ordinates meetings and support for The Oversight Board.
Mhairi Glen - Senior Finance and HR Officer
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Mhairi Glen

Senior Finance and HR Officer

Mhairi provides organisational support to the whole Promise Scotland Team, focusing on finance and HR. Heading up the administration team, she's never without a list, coffee and IT tips and tricks.

Hannah Gould - Public Affairs and Communications Officer

Hannah Gould

Public Affairs and Communications Officer

Hannah’s role is to provide policy and communications support to inspire action to #KeepthePromise.

She works with her colleagues to ensure the right information is delivered to the right people, clearly and effectively.

Her experience lies in digital communications and storytelling which she uses to highlight Scotland's journey of change to a place where children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.