We strongly believe that Keills is not just about work, it is important that we participate in the wider community

Andy is a Trustee and Treasurer of Revive MS Support, a Glasgow based charity helping those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis in the West of Scotland.  As treasurer, he is overseeing the formulation of a £1.5million fund raising project.  #thenextstep The funds will enable Revive to locate to new premises near to the neurology department of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and to provide running costs for the next 3 years.  Watch Revive MS Support’s video  Revive #TheNextStep .

Partick Housing Association

Partick Housing Association

Having developed an interest in Housing Associations by creating one of the first ever investment specialisms in this sector for pension fund investors in the mid 1990s, Alan welcomed the opportunity to join Partick Housing Association as non executive member of its board.

West of Scotland Rugby Referee Society

Andy has coached and refereed rugby union for 10 years, starting with Glasgow Accies primary 6 as coach and taking that group through to Glasgow Hawks under 16.  He remains a member of the West of Scotland Rugby Referee Society.

Bearsden Academy Board of Governors

Alan is the chair of the Bearsden Academy Parent Council.

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2017 is the fourth year of our art competition with the Glasgow School of Art and has matured since its introduction in 2014.

Our first competition in 2014 asked for cartoons, similar to those found in the likes of Punch and Private Eye, depicting a current economic problem.  In 2015 we widened the scope in terms of the style of submission to include video and asked what inflation or deflation meant to the artist?  In 2016 we retained the wider scope and examined the our coporate theme of 3 elephants in the room.  This year, we were not short of political and economic topics to choose from, but in the end as BREXIT was so dominant, that became the theme.


Simona Karvauskaite, 2017 winner


2017 Competition

With BREXIT dominating the UK political landscape and the full social and economic implications still to be determined, in this year’s competition we asked “What does BREXIT mean to you?”

We received a broad range of entries and would say that as the competition matures, as a judging panel Keills is being challenged and is learning from the entries.  Our winning entry was selected as it was clear and simple requiring no explanation.  The image is able to be applied as logo or motto.  It captures the patriotic red, white and blue, surrounding the European Union symbol but emphsising the unknown element of who will be winners and losers in the exercise.

Winning entry

Andy with Josephine Lohar Self, Winner 2016

Photograph by Lucie Holzer, student Glasgow School of Art

2016 Competition

In keeping with our overall theme, the title for the 2016 competition was “The Elephants in the Room”.  The competition was open to all forms of media, other than performing arts.  We received a broad range of drawings and photographs and Josephine Lohoar Self and her 3 circus elephants was the clear winner with its relevance and attention to detail.

Winning entry

2015 Competition

2015 saw us move away from cartoons and widen the scope for submissions although much more prescriptive on the theme. “What does inflation or deflation mean to you”?  The winning submission was an animation.

Winning Entry

2015 Prize winner: Clara Hastrup

Winning Entry

2014 Competition

Our first competition in 2014 asked for cartoons, similar to those found in the likes of Punch and Private Eye, depicting a current economic problem.

Andy, Alan and Lili Eichinger, the 2014 winner

The beauty of the opportunity that Keills presented to our students here at The Glasgow School of Art was that it was a very simple, straightforward brief. It offered a challenge combining freedom of artistic approach with a concise and clear outcome. This meant that any student from across the School, irrespective of programme of study, who had a flair for drawing and a sense of wit, could have a go and produce something prize-worthy relatively quickly.

Libby Anson

Student Employability and Enterprise Manager, The Glasgow School of Art

Our gratitude to the Glasgow School of Art

We are very grateful to the Glasgow School of Art for their involvement in promoting the competition and in particular to Libby Anson, Student Employment & Enterprise Manager.  Just after our prize giving in 2014, the iconic Mackintosh Library was destroyed in a major fire.  To support the recreation of this building visit The Mackintosh Appeal