Meet the team at A&M Scotland

Who we are, and what we do.

Robert Mcharg

CEO

Robert

Robert has a background in youth work, residential care & policy making and his experience of working with young people goes back almost 30 years. Prior to co-founding A&M Scotland, Robert worked in Policy Development and Senior Management positions, both within Local Government and the Private Sector. Robert has been involved in the design and delivery of countless personal development programmes within a range of settings including residential care and YOI's. 

Robert has been a board member of LGBT Youth Scotland and the Princes Trust Scotland,  the Anti-Social Behaviour Youth Steering Group in Glasgow and has previously advised the Scottish Government on their development of a national strategy for young people. 

Since co-founding A&M Scotland in 2009 Robert is proud to have seen the extensive development of the programmes on offer, the staff and of course the young people themselves. Robert’s role within A&M is to lead and manage the organisation and to set its strategic vision and goals.  He is passionate about the work that A&M do with young people and the difference it makes to their lives, and hopes to continue to deliver high quality youth work and diversionary activities throughout the West of Scotland, and beyond.

Andy McLaren

Operations Manager

Andy

Andy is a well-known and highly respected former professional football player. Andy spent a good part of his playing career with Dundee United Football Club where he won the Scottish Cup in 1994. He also played for Reading FC in England where he failed a standard drugs test, but says this experience saved his life. After a decade of further involvement in football with Kilmarnock, where he won a Scottish international cap in 2001, Hibs, Dundee United (again), Morton and Ayr United, Andy decided in 2007 that he wished to tell his story. Andy wrote a book 'Tormented' detailing his life, his professional playing career and his mistakes but also how he was able to learn from them. As a result of this, Andy decided to focus on working with young people who were lacking in opportunities for employment and training and who were often identified as being on the margins of society. He wanted to prevent them from making the same mistakes he had made by bringing his own true life experiences to the work he carried out. These are the fundamental values on which A&M Scotland was founded.

After co-founding A&M in 2009, Andy worked hard to bring his vision of training for all to life. The past 6 years have seen a rapid expansion to the services offered by A&M and to the number of young people being reached and engaged in positive activities. Andy is incredibly proud to have seen the organisation grow and develop and is passionate about the services A&M offer. He wants to ensure that the young people are getting the best possible experience out of A&M activities and to hopefully divert them away from potentially negative influences and situations.

Andy manages operations within A&M, ensuring the day to day delivery of services remains at the highest levels of quality at all times. He liases with coaches, participants and parents on a regular basis to get feedback and to ensure the programmes are on track. He is in overall charge of the football programme as well as being a qualified Counsellor. Andy looks forward to the A&M programme of activities continuing to grow and develop, so as to have the best possible impact for all participants.

Paul Fletcher

deputy chief executive

Paul

Paul has a background in physiology, sports science and epidemiology. A double graduate of the University of Glasgow and an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner, Paul brings a unique skill set to A&M Scotland. Paul initially began working with A&M in 2010 as a football coach in the Possilpark area of Glasgow and quickly progressed to become funding officer of the charity. Upon graduating from University in 2012, Paul joined A&M on a full time basis and is now Depute Chief Executive. Responsible for operational development and strategic oversight, Paul is very passionate about his work.

Paul is actively engaged in additional charity work and has strong humanitarian principles. "We aim to improve the life chances and health and well being of young people and families at risk, make our communities safer and tackle inequalities head on."

 

 

 

Anne Hughes

Head of fund raising

Anne Hughs

Anne joined A&M Scotland in January 2015 bringing almost 18 years of fundraising experience with her.

Anne’s career began in 1997 when she took up the post of Events Manager with leukaemia charity Anthony Nolan. A cause very close to Anne’s heart she remained with them for more 13 years. Her role within the organisation changed many times and gave her a wide range of experience from event organisation to managing corporate partnerships and dealing with marketing of the charity’s aims and ambitions across her region.

In 2012 she joined children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent where she widened her experience of management, corporate fundraising and working within larger organisational partnerships to raise both funds and the profile of the charity.

After more than 17 years working for large national charities Anne was delighted to make the move to A&M Scotland after getting to know Robert and Andy. She hopes to raise the profile of the charity across all of Scotland and put in place a successful and thriving fundraising portfolio that will allow A&M Scotland to expand and reach more young people in Scotland’s most deprived areas.

Anne is married and has 3 young children. She is a proud Glaswegian and often refers to herself as a ‘Govan Girl’.

“A&M Scotland gives me the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people here in Scotland – I will work so hard to ensure I deliver the funds and profile to allow us to branch out, aim high and achieve all we can to reach as many kids as possible.”