Our Board Members

Brian McAlinden CBE (Chair)

Brian joined the Board at Elpis in 2010 and has been chairperson for 2 years. He has 25 years experience in senior management positions in secondary schools in different local authorities.


From 2001 to 2010 he was Head Teacher of Castlemilk High in Glasgow, and in 2009 was awarded a CBE for his services to education in Glasgow. Since early retirement in 2010, Brian has acted as an educational consultant and worked with individual schools and local authorities on leadership development for staff; pupil leadership; school improvement agenda; pre and post Inspection support.


He was invited to be a member of the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary’s Raising Attainment Group in 2011 and has delivered presentations and workshops at numerous national and local conferences. Throughout his career he has been strongly committed to improving the life chances of young people. Since 2010 he has been a Safeguarding trainer for the Presbytery of Glasgow.


Nicola currently works for Public Health Scotland in a Strategy and Policy role. Prior to this she spent seven years in various strategic planning and public policy roles across Scotland's education and environment sectors.













Grace Semple

Grace has had a long association with Elpis, seeing it develop from some of its earliest days into the highly professional social care organisation it is today. She became involved through her church which was linked to the Baptist Minister whose vision and dedication was the spark behind Elpis.

With a background in psychology, Grace’s expertise lies in Human Resources, having many years’ experience in HR both within the private and the voluntary sectors. Her one departure from HR was a 3-year stint as Ombudsman for large micro-electronics manufacturing site, a unique role within Scottish industry. Grace is currently Head of HR for a large social care organisation.

James N Gibson CA

Coming from a Classics background, James is a sole practitioner Chartered Accountant with a strong involvement in the charity sector. He is a charity independent examiner and a member of the Charities Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  He is on the board of a number of charities, some with overseas interests, working with youth, senior citizens, churches, education and the environment.


 He has wide ranging practical experience in charity governance, accounting, stewardship and strategic management.  James worked for 30 years as a general practice partner in accountancy firms in Glasgow, where his portfolios included acting as charity auditor or independent examiner.  Away from the desk he enjoys hillwalking, languages and travel

Greg Gallagher

Greg Gallagher has been a Trustee with Elpis for eight years   He worked in Local Authority Social Work Services for more than thirty years and, in the last ten years, has developed and leads a third sector organisation that supports young people with complex care and development needs.

Angela Hecht

Angela joined the Elpis board in summer 2019 and is a retired Occupational Therapist working mainly with general psychiatric conditions then specialising in young people with eating disorders. Angela was a member of the Children’s Panel for some years then a member of the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee. After retiring early due to family commitments she was a board member for many years with a social care organisation and managed 120 volunteers within that organisation.









Alan Dunipace

Alan joined Elpis’ Board in autumn 2021. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Alan has lived and worked in the city throughout his life. A lawyer by trade, and now retired, Alan spent most of his legal career with a well-known city firm of solicitors. He then worked in the charitable and third sector, and served as a director and board member with a couple of well known Scottish charities - Victim Support Scotland and Mellow Parenting – and is also involved with a couple of amateur sports clubs.

moyra elliot

Moyra was officially welcomed on to the board at Elpis at the AGM in November 2022 and this is her first experience of board membership. She has worked within education since 1999 both as a music teacher and as a Support for Learning specialist. Professional interests in improving outcomes for Dyslexic learners have allowed her to lead on collaborative projects within school, resulting in her gaining professional recognition in this field from the GTCS in 2020.


Since 2020 she has undertaken an additional leadership role to improve inclusive practice within her school and acts as an advocate and champion for care experienced young people.


Moyra’s commitment to supporting positive outcomes for the young people and families she works with has recently extended beyond the school gates to her studying towards a Diploma in Transformative Coaching.











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