Glasgow Alliance announces new director to lead city-wide vision in ending homelessness
A director has been appointed to lead a unique collaboration of support providers and people who have been affected by homelessness that have come together to end homelessness in Glasgow.
The first appointment by the Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness, which includes ten organisations are from across the health and social care sector, will see Mark Kelvin take the role of alliance director.
Mark will support the Alliance Leadership Team in driving forward the plans that will re-shape Glasgow’s services to overcome the issues which cause homelessness and to mitigate the impact of homelessness in the city.
An inspirational leader, with experience of delivering transformational change, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience relevant to the position having held various roles across the health and social care sector.
The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness comprises: Aspire, CrossReach, Glasgow Homelessness Involvement and Feedback Team (GHIFT), Glasgow City Council, Homeless Network Scotland, Sacro, The Mungo Foundation, The Salvation Army, Wheatley Care and Ypeople.
People who have personal experience of homelessness in Glasgow have an equal role in the work of the Alliance and were an important part of the recruitment process.
GHIFT and Alliance Leadership Team member David Pentland said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the Alliance team. We were impressed by Mark’s passion for the Alliance and his commitment to working alongside Glasgow’s citizens to tackle homelessness, we’re looking forward to seeing him advance our plans.”
Mark said: “I am really excited about the work of the Alliance and the opportunity to shape this new role.
“Glasgow is a proud city and by working together to create a movement for change we can tackle the challenges that homelessness presents and achieve the vision of the Alliance – to end homelessness in Glasgow by 2030.”
Susanne Millar, chief officer, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, added: “Congratulations to Mark on his appointment to this exciting and challenging new role. Glasgow’s Alliance to End Homelessness is an innovative new approach to tackling what is a highly complex social issue. Collaboration is at the heart of Glasgow’s strategic alliancing approach which is the first of its kind in Scotland and we look forward to working closely with Mark and the other partners going forward to continue to enhance and transform the delivery of homeless services in the city.”
Mark will take up his new position at the beginning of May.