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The Promise Scotland is split into four 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 Public Affairs team

This team works to make sure people across Scotland hear about the promise and why it must be kept.

The Support team

This team helps people across Scotland if they want to #KeepThePromise.

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 Promise 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.

Celeste Berteau - Doing Data Differently Manager
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Celeste Berteau

Doing Data Differently Manager

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

As the Doing Data Differently Manager, Celeste 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.

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.
Rebecca Lott - Using Money Differently Analyst
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Rebecca Lott

Using Money Differently Analyst

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.
Fiona McFarlane - Head of Public Affairs
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Fiona McFarlane

Head of Public Affairs

Fiona works with colleagues and partners across Scotland to ensure that organisations understand their role, responsibility, and purpose in work to #KeepthePromise.

She makes sure The Promise Scotland is well positioned to tell this story of change, and to elevate, support and influence all those who are part of this work.

She also works with The Promise Oversight Board to help them in their public reporting role.

Kenneth Fleming - Public Affairs Lead
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Kenneth Fleming

Public Affairs Lead

Kenneth works with his colleagues so that decision makers in Scotland make choices that will help to #KeepThePromise.

This means providing them with the information and insights generated by his colleagues at The Promise Scotland, and helping to highlight positive stories of change across Scotland.

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.

Christina Spicer - Policy and Public Affairs Manager
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Christina Spicer

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

As Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Christina’s main role is programme management and secretariat support for the Hearings System Working Group (HSWG).

She is also:

  • The primary support for the HSWG’s Chair, and
  • The Project Manager for the Collaborative Redesign Project, which is developing redesign proposals to be submitted to the HSWG.
Fionnuala Contier-Lawrie - Governance Projects Officer
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Fionnuala Contier-Lawrie

Governance Projects Officer

Fionnuala supports the Public Affairs Team’s projects to make sure they run smoothly, whether they're for:

  • internal stakeholders, who have a direct relationship with The Promise Scotland, or
  • external stakeholders, who are affected by the work of the organisation.

She also supports the Promise Oversight Board.

Thomas Carlton - Implementation Lead
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Thomas Carlton

Implementation Lead

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.

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.


Promise Delivery Partners

Each of Scotland's Local Authorities has a Promise Delivery Partner connected to them, who works to make sure the promise is a key part of public services.

They get alongside the workforce and the care experienced community locally to:

  • support reflection and planning towards tangible action,
  • connect innovation and learning across Scotland, and
  • ensure the focus always remains on including care experienced children, young people and families in spaces that give influence over change.

Their goal is to make sure shifts in policy and practice happen both locally and nationally, in order for Scotland to keep the promise.

Two interlocking rings, representing the concept of partnership.
Laura Beveridge - Promise Delivery Partner
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Laura Beveridge

Promise Delivery Partner

For almost 20 years, Laura has worked in partnership with children, young people and their families, within:

  • residential child care,
  • community support, and
  • the third sector.

She has lived and worked in "the care system," and campaigned for it to change. She was appoin ted as Co-Chair of the Stop Go and Siblings groups at the Independent Care Review.

As a Delivery Partner, she works in partnership with local authorities and the third sector to implement change.

She covers:

  • Edinburgh , and
  • East Lothian.
Tom Boyd - Promise Delivery Partner

Tom Boyd

Promise Delivery Partner

Tom is supporting the work of:

He has particular interests in:

  • how we enable the relationships that matter to last, and
  • innovative, creative approaches to nurturing voice and co-design.

Tom covers:

  • Highland,
  • Moray,
  • Orkney,
  • Shetland, and
  • Western Isles.
Carly Grant - Promise Delivery Partner
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Carly Grant

Promise Delivery Partner

As well as the Local Authorities listed below, Carly covers organisations funded through the Promise Partnership.

She has a particular interest in mental health and the power of good quality relationships.

Carly covers:

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

Promise Delivery Partner

Along with her colleagues, Rachel supports organisations as they change to make sure that Scotland keeps the promise. She is passionate about making sure all children in Scotland have what they need to grow and flourish.

Rachel covers:

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

Promise Delivery Partner

As an experienced CLD practitioner, Fiona has a keen interest in participation and voice.

She is currently leading the Right to Education theme for the support team. This sets out to make sure The Promise Scotland has a good sense of:

  • the education sector's engagement with the promise, and
  • the education sector's activity around the promise.

As well as this, Fiona covers:

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

Promise Delivery Partner

Laura is committed to supporting transformational change. She is passionate about empowering creative conversations and spaces which:

  • help tackle inequality,
  • help improve services, and
  • help improve individual lives.

Laura covers:

  • Argyll and Bute,
  • East Dunbartonshire,
  • Inverclyde,
  • North Ayrshire, and
  • West Dunbartonshire.
Louise Whitecock - Promise Delivery Partner
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Louise Whitecock

Promise Delivery Partner

Louise covers organisations funded through The Promise Partnership. She has particular interests in disability, equality and inclusion.

She also covers:

  • 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 Promise Oversight Board.

Zico Iqbal - Senior Operations Manager
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Zico Iqbal

Senior Operations Manager

Zico is part of the Governance team, with responsibility for the financial management, human resources and general operations of The Promise Scotland.

He feels very privileged to be part of a team which shares his values, and which is helping Scotland to #KeepThePromise.

Mhairi Glen - Finance and Administration Officer
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Mhairi Glen

Finance and Administration 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.

Clare Morris - Events and Administration Officer
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Clare Morris

Events and Administration Officer

Clare works within the Support and Operations teams, and she’s often the first person you’ll meet if you have a general support enquiry.

If you’re not sure who to contact at The Promise Scotland, feel free to contact her: she’ll make sure you get to the right team or person.