Kirkmillan was established by Beverley Francis in 2015 to offer a range of consultancy services to the public and third sectors. Originally formed from pro bono work in coaching and mentoring, an opportunity arose for the work to develop on a commercial footing, and Kirkmillan was founded. Since then, it has always had a real passion and commitment to personal and organisational growth at its heart.
Managing Director (Beverley Francis)
Beverley is a mature and resilient leader with extensive public and third sector experience, and strengths in building cross boundary policy and senior stakeholder connections, Beverley is now offering her experience outside of government.
Initially embarking on a career in social housing, Beverley brought this professional experience into government in 1998. With experience of many and varied demanding posts in high profile areas of government policy, she has also built an impressive range of leadership capabilities around strategic thinking, change management and new approaches to delivering services embracing asset-based work and improvement methodology.
Beverley lives in Dunblane with her husband and 2 children, she enjoys running, and helping to coach a local girls football team. She is also active in her local church youth work, including leading a strategic review of youth ministry.
Beverley's Key Skills and Achievments
Beverley has developed sharp political acuity, drawn from a degree in politics and extensive experience working with Ministers in both the UK and Scottish Governments. As a Director of a housing association and a trustee, she has developed significant capacity to support Boards to strengthen governance and accountability. At Rural Stirling Housing Association, she turned around a poorly performing organisation into one that has gained a positive reputation. As an ACOSVO mentor, she has supported many Chief Executives in the third sector, and has facilitated staff, team and organisational development through one to one coaching and away days. She is an Associate with Bruce Tait Associates.
Beverley has extensive experience of leading organisational change and managing projects to improve performance, most notably, leading the New Opportunities Fund, as it undertook a merger to form the Big Lottery. Her experience of developing grant making regimes in government and at the New Opportunities Fund places her in a strong position to support the third sector and others to navigate the grants and trusts landscape, with a particular expertise in project evaluation.
With a range of policy portfolios including, housing, employability, substance misuse, and race equality, she has an aptitude for making the connections and creating the opportunity to have impact. This was particularly the case in her leadership of the Scottish response to the UK welfare reform agenda where she brought together a range of statutory and third sector players to create a coalition to mitigate the impact in Scotland. She is currently leading the drug and alcohol sector in Scotland to reshape how it delivers services, against the backdrop of a new policy.
Kirkmillan also has access to and works with a range of associates who can be invited to support the particular needs of organisations, from training, policy development, finance and human resource support. Kirkmillan is based in central Scotland but can offer services on a nationwide basis.