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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 centre 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 in their lives, and the charity offers dedicated care and support to help them move forward. It provides a place of safety, structure and stability, opening new possibilities and preparing young people for a happy and fulfilled adult life.

As a charity and a leading social enterprise, Kibble has been helping young people for 160 years. Offering a robust support network, its range of integrated services include: residential care; secure care; primary, secondary and tertiary education; intensive fostering; day placement and outreach; community housing and housing support. In addition, all young people are supported by Kibble’s Specialist Intervention Services team who provide psychological input.

Kibble also offers young people (aged 15+) the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and qualifications in its social enterprises. Young people, who are furthest removed from the job market, can undertake work-based learning in mechanics, painting and decorating, catering and more. The Experience is Kibble’s newest and largest social enterprise. It’s a five-star leisure and events venue which houses Scotland’s premier indoor electric go-karting arena, laser tag, licensed café, and meetings and events space. As well as being a fun day out for visitors, it’s also a young workforce development centre.

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. 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 also has a wealth of experience in providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments, both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, Jim is 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 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.