Meet our team

GaryGary 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
  • 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.

Linda McInally
Head of Services and Depute Chief Executive Officer – Linda is responsible for the overall management and development of GCA Services and links in withmany other services and organizations across the city. Linda has worked in the addiction field since 1992 starting out as a volunteer alcohol counsellor at GCA , Linda has since had a variety of roles within the addiction field in Glasgow , including several years in residential recovery services.

Peter_GCA_ProfilePeter 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.

JaniceJanice Connor
Senior practice supervisor- Janice is responsible for monitoring and continuously improving the quality of GCA services; whilst safeguarding high standards of care.  Janice is G.C.A‘s Child Protection Coordinator and monitors all Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult issues. Janice joined GCA in 2002; she heads up a team of 3 supervisors who provide supervision and support to all GCA Counsellors and Group workers. Janice manages and provides a relationship counselling service within GCA.

Team Leaders

JimJim McSorley – Resilient Communities Team Leader
Jim is the team leader for the GCA Resilient Communities team.  Jim has over 10 years experience in the field of alcohol and drugs P&E. Jim is the current chair of the NW Glasgow ADP P&E
sub-group, who are a multiagency/disciplinary group working together to ensure a co-ordinated approach to tackling alcohol and drug issues within the community. Jim has led many innovations in the community including setting up a resource library for local community groups and development of the AFFIT branding – an initiative designed to promote better chances and choices for young people and adults, including participation in alcohol free activities. Jim has worked closely with local recovery communities providing training and capacity building for their volunteers. Jim has also supported service users into volunteering which eventually led to employment. He has previous experience as a street based youth worker and group work facilitator.

MargaretMargaret Livingstone – Counselling Team Leader
Following 20 years of working in social housing, Margaret trained as a person centred counsellor and joined GCA in 2009 and has been involved in a variety of roles – Prevention and Education Team Leader, COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Trainer and Volunteer Counsellor.
Margaret left the organisation in 2015 gaining experience in family work and rejoined in 2016 as part time Team Leader in the Counselling Department.  Margaret leads and coordinates the work of staff, volunteers and placement students to ensure that clients can easily access the service and experience as positive outcomes as possible.