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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 a specialist child and youth care charity and leading social enterprise that supports at risk children and young people (aged 5-26) across the UK.

Many of the young people Kibble cares for have experienced significant trauma so, using a trauma-informed approach, it provides care, education and therapeutic support to open opportunities and create positive futures.

As one of Scotland’s oldest charities, Kibble has been supporting young people for over 160 years. To maintain the highest standard of care, all services are integrated and shaped around the needs of each young person. This includes residential care, primary, secondary and tertiary education, education day services, intensive fostering, secure care, community housing and support, and therapeutic support and interventions.

Kibble is committed to developing the young workforce and offers young people (aged 15+) the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and qualifications in our social enterprises. Young people, who are furthest removed from the job market, can undertake work-based learning in mechanics, painting and decorating, customer services, catering and more.

The Experience is Kibble’s largest social enterprise. It’s a five-star leisure and events venue, which houses Scotland’s only electric go-karting arena, laser tag, licensed café, soft play, Hexagol and meetings and events space. Kibble has also extended its young workforce development portfolio through its partnership with local football club St Mirren. The venture opens a wide range of education, training and employment opportunities for young people, whilst widening access to sport, health and wellbeing.

E3M Member


Name:Jim Gillespie

Title :CEO

Jim Gillespie is Chief Executive of Kibble Group, a leading child and youth care charity and social enterprise supporting young people at risk. Through education, care, employability and therapeutic support, Kibble helps young people manage trauma, and empowers them to move forward and lead healthy, fulfilled lives. Jim has also recently extended his role to become a Director of St Mirren Football Club. Working alongside the Board, Jim is integral to the scoping and development of opportunities for the club, its supporters and the wider community, while strengthening prospects for Kibble young people.

With extensive senior leadership experience, and comprehensive skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, Jim is committed to shaping services based around the needs of the young people. He has a wealth of experience in providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments, both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Jim is also an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders’ initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment. In 2006, Jim was awarded a Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and has an MBA.

Jim is dedicated to driving the future direction of Kibble as it continues to strengthen and grow its services for young people. Grounded in the latest research, and led by an experienced, committed workforce, Kibble will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of young people, for now, and for future generations.