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New Director Appointed

08 January 2019

We are delighted to announce Alison Gough as the new Director at Good Shepherd Centre”.

Roisin McGoldrick, Chair of the Board of Directors at Good Shepherd Centre said “Alison emerged as the top candidate from a very competitive field with many excellent applicants. We are delighted to have secured her services and are confident we have in her someone who will fully embrace the ethos of the Good Shepherd Centre as a place of light and hope where young people are nurtured and cared for to the highest standard. We also look forward to a process of continuous development as Alison's fresh eyes and expertly informed vision takes us into the next phase of our development as a centre for excellence in working with some of Scotland's most vulnerable young people. We look forward to welcoming Alison into her new role in January.

Alison Gough has a wealth of experience working with care experienced young people. She qualified as a social worker in 1991 and held various social work practitioner and management roles within Scottish local authorities before becoming a Service Manager and subsequently Head of Service at a residential school care resource in the Scottish voluntary sector. Alison then joined Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) as Director of Panel and Area Support, where she was part of the Executive team which established the then new organization and introduced new National Standards for the Children’s Panel.

Alison, who is currently the Secure Care National Adviser with the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University commented “It is such an honour to have been appointed as the new Director”.  

“I have been privileged to meet and work with some of the dedicated and talented practitioners and senior team who work across the Good Shepherd Centre.  I know I am joining a team who are committed to ensuring that everything we do across our services has the best interests of the young people we care for, and keep safe, at its heart and who share my excitement about future possibilities”.