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Meet our team

Senior Management

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Gary Meek

CEO

Gary has significant experience working within the health and social care industry, with a particular focus on recovery driven services. His previous roles have been with national and local charities, local authorities and private business, all of which have been addressing needs to achieve the best outcomes for individuals who use support services. Gary has a wealth of experience in services which deliver support such as; Addictions, Employability, Training and Education, Community development, Tenancy Sustainment, Counselling, Group work and Health care.

Gary’s role is to lead the organisation in accordance with professional ethics, vision and values that are at the centre of GCAs beliefs and support the governance of the organisation in line with charity and company law

Peter Russell

Finance Manager

Peter gained most of his Accounting experience working in a major manufacturing company for almost 30 years. Starting as an Accountancy Assistant in 1974 and graduating to become a Finance Manager for the organisation’s Glasgow Factory which had a turnover of some £90m.

In 2003 he took early retirement and since then has worked for a variety of companies and organisations. These have included a catering company, a shipping company , a graphic design company, a healthy living charity and a firm of Chartered Accountants before landing up at the Glasgow Council on Alcohol in October 2015.

Team Leaders

Irene McKenzie

Office Manager

Neil Macaulay

Training Manager

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Ali Smith

Client Services Manager

As Client Services Manager, Ali manages GCA’s integrated counselling service to help individuals abstain from alcohol or reduce their alcohol consumption and the wellbeing programmes to support the development of trauma informed practice. One of our wellbeing programmes is Building Positive Pathways, is a holistic Trauma informed Alcohol and Drug support service where survivors of abuse are supported through person centred one to one and group activities in the aim to improve physical and mental health.

Before GCA, Ali ran a mentoring project across the central belt to support veterans and families in recovery from mental health issues through one to one goals based support. Ali developed this further to provide the first online video mentoring project to support veterans across Scotland, which was transferred to leading veterans Charity SSAFA in 2021. In 2008, Ali worked for a consultancy, supporting Registered Social Landlords on their community development and regeneration plans within urban and rural areas in Scotland. This involved working with local community and voluntary sector organisations to secure funding, develop, implement and project manage environmental, landscape and art projects that aimed to bring about lasting change.

Ali Graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) degree in Community Arts.

Susan Philp

ABI, Data and IT Manager

Morag McIntyre

Human Resources Manager

Morag is an Associate member of the CIPD and has an SCQF Level 10 qualification in Employment Law and Bachelors of Law degree from Strathclyde University. She has over 4 years experience working in HR and Employment Law with several years of management experience. In her role as HR Manager she ensures policies and procedures are legally compliant and in line with best practice as well guiding on all aspects of HR and Employment Law.

Norma McKinnon

Academic Director

Lesley Ross

Partnership Manager

Lesley Ross is Partnership Manager for Elevate-Glasgow PSP. Elevate is an Employability Public Social Partnership for individuals in recovery from problematic drug &/or alcohol misuse. Its aim is to increase employability opportunities for individuals in recovery, reduce the number of adults in recovery who are unemployed and to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Glasgow City’s local people and communities. Lesley has over 10 years employability experience with a particular interest in recovery based employability. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from Strathclyde University and a Management Degree from St Andrews University as well as being a member of CIPD. She has previously worked in retail management, hospitality management and recruitment

Leona Irvine

Team Leader - Community Justice

Originally from Northern Ireland Leona studied Psychology at the University of Dundee before doing her Post Grad Diploma in Social Work at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. After working as a Social Worker for the Deaf Community Leona went on to work in mental health for 9 years which also involved some years working at an Alcohol Related Brain Damage Unit. Leona later became an Assistant Service Manager at a Supported Living service.

This was followed by 5 years hearing from those who had spent time in institutional care in Scotland for the Mental Welfare Commission and then time working on a project reviewing mental health homicides.

Knowledge of the justice system was gained during this time which lead to Leona’s interest in her current post as Community Justice Team Leader.

Ann McLean

Counselling Team Leader

Anne became a volunteer receptionist with GCA in 1993, after COSCA training she started counselling and then was promoted as a sessional counsellor which led to a full time post in 1996 Community Counsellor, she provided a counselling service in the north of Glasgow for 8 years. Working with other agencies is beneficial for people to speedily access training, a variety of opportunities, promoting inclusion and or to develop new lifestyles and avoid relapse. Anne is currently managing a community based counselling service in Yoker and working closely with the N/W Recovery Network and always promoting a positive reputation for GCA

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