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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Education and Care

Business Activities:Care services, education, training, employment

Business Location:Scotland (HQ Paisley)

Chief Executive:Jim Gillespie



Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee


Kibble is Scotland’s national specialist provider of services for young people.

Founded in 1859 and one of Scotland’s oldest charities, Kibble is today a leading social enterprise, working with young people from 5 to 25. It provides a uniquely integrated array of services encompassing residential care, secure care, primary and secondary education, intensive fostering, young workforce development, day placement and outreach services, community housing and housing support, and specialist intervention services.

In recent years Kibble has developed a range of specialist child-focused services to help young people with problems, encompassing the areas of child welfare, youth justice and mental health.

Kibble provides a place of safety, structure and stability, opening up new possibilities for young people to play a useful part in society and prepare them for a happy and fulfilled adult life.

Kibble’s unique advantage is its capacity to provide an integrated array of specialist services from one single site. Its 17.5 acre campus in Paisley is open 24/7 with a multi-disciplinary staff of over 600.

KibbleWorks is its enterprise and employment hub. It offers a spectrum of training and employment opportunities for young people who are in care/preparing to leave care or facing disadvantage in the labour market. Using a traditional pre-apprenticeship model to support a young person who has a range of social, emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties, staff demonstrate leadership skills whilst acting as role models and providing structured boundaries.

The staff at Kibble are qualified in their own areas of expertise and many also have child and youth care qualifications.

E3M Member


Name:Jim Gillespie

Title :CEO

Jim Gillespie joined Kibble in 2014 as an Executive Director. In September 2016, after two years of service, he was appointed Chief Executive Designate, before taking over as Chief Executive in May 2017.

Jim brings vast senior management and director level experience in strategic leadership, with comprehensive skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. Jim has extensive experience of providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments throughout the UK. In 2006, Jim was awarded a Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and has completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Kibble has undergone significant growth in the past decade, and Jim will lead the organisation in the years to come as it considers its strengths in existing markets and looks at ways to develop new services and enter into new markets. Jim firmly believes that staying strong to Kibble’s mission and values will be a key feature in the organisation’s development, success and sustainability for the generations ahead.

Jim is an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment. Married with two children, he balances professional and family life with a keen interest in many sports.