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Ypeople is governed by an elected Board of Directors who work in partnership with our professional staff team to deliver a diverse range of social, housing and community support services and programmes.

Good governance is essential for the success of any charity and is now more important than ever. Our board members play a vital role in serving our causes and communities by ensuring the proper procedures and policies are in place to manager the charity's resources effectively. They provide long-term vision and protect the charity's reputation and values.

Ypeople's Board of Directors is made up of highly experienced people from a range of professional backgrounds.


Bernadette Monaghan

Bernadette is Chief Executive of Volunteer Glasgow. She was previously a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and Co-ordinator of JUSTICE Scotland, a law reform and human rights organisation. Bernadette has worked within the justice system in Scotland since 1988. Most recent senior roles include National Convener and Chief Executive of Children’s Hearings Scotland, Director of the Third Sector Skills Partnership, Chief Executive of Apex Scotland and Head of Operations with Sacro. Bernadette has served on The Sentencing Commission for Scotland and the Reducing Re-offending Programme Board. Bernadette’s early career involved leading and developing local authority community safety initiatives and senior research roles in Scottish Government and universities. Bernadette is a trustee of Dad’s Rock and a longstanding member of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.


Bertie Hunt - Chair

Experienced international senior executive with over 35 years service within the disability and employment sector. Educated to degree level with a proven track record for the strategic development and implementation of complex legislative and operational procedures to meet high quality standards for the delivery of training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. Holds directorships in a number of commercial companies and was elected to the Board of Ypeople in 2009.



Brenda Higgins

Brenda has provided support, in a voluntary capacity, to a number of organisations during her career, and has worked closely with several community groups to develop new initiatives in a variety of locations. Before her recent retirement she was Director of Regeneration and Development at Link Group.


Derek May

Derek May, who joined the board of Ypeople early in 2017 is CEO of Brightwork, the Glasgow and Edinburgh based recruitment business.
An Aberdonian who graduated Batchelor of Arts in Business Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Derek worked in a number of financial roles while qualifying as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
He was financial controller at Scottish CityLink Coaches before starting his own accountancy practice, AIMS Accountants for Business, in 2006. After seven successful years he was headhunted to be finance director of Brightwork before being promoted to CEO in April 2015.
A people person as well as a numbers man, Derek brings a friendly, business-like approach to the vital work of Ypeople.
Away from the office Derek enjoys socialising with friends and family, football, travel and current affairs.


Drew McGowan

Joining the board of Ypeople, Drew brings valuable experience in professional public affairs and voluntary work with and for young people across Scotland. He is currently a Policy Officer at Scotland’s largest college and has previously worked for two Members of Parliament in a communications and research role. Outside of the office, Drew currently serves on the board of Ypeople and volunteers as a Young Carer Mentor with Volunteer Glasgow. In the past, Drew has served on the board of the Scottish Youth Parliament and spearheaded their successful One Fair Wage campaign.



Liz Taylor

Liz is an experienced HR professional with a track record of working successfully with respected FTSE 100 companies. With a commercial management background in high street retailing, Liz specialised in training & development and then in international HR before starting her own business in 2009. Areas of Expertise include HR Leadership, Change Management & Transition, Training & Development and Employee Engagement. In addition to taking on HR projects, Liz is a Trustee of two Scottish charities - Upward Mobility, which provides learning & life skills for young people - the Touring Network, helping promoters stage arts events in the Highlands & Islands.


May Martindale


Michael McCabe - Vice Chair

Comes to Ypeople having previously held the post of Executive Director for one of Scotland’s largest housing associations and also has experience of working with young people from his roles as assistant coach to local athletics and football teams.


Phil Taylor

Phil is a recently retired Senior Civil Servant. Since 2006 till June 2013 Phil held the Home Office posts of Director of Immigration Enforcement and Director, Scotland & Northern Ireland, UK Border Agency. Phil has had an extensive distinguished Civil Service career and has an extensive track record in setting up new ventures, transforming people performance. Phil had a high public profile and strong stakeholder relationship credentials. Phil has considerable management experience and managed a budget of £581Million. Phil is also strongly committed to staff learning and development within organisations.


Sandra Ross

Sandra is an experienced Senior Manager with a background in Health and Social Care and is currently Managing Director with Bon Accord Care, an organisation which provides a range of older people’s services across Aberdeen City. Originally from a Nursing background a move to the independent sector has seen Sandra develop through roles from Training & Development, Home Manager, Area Manager to more recently as Director of Operations. Having worked for a range of organisations from independent to corporate employers Sandra brings extensive experience of operational management within the adult care arena.

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