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									                         DTAS Board 2007/08
                           DIRECTORS’ PROFILES

Chairperson
ALEX WALKER – EKOPIA RESOURCE EXCHANGE LTD (FULL)
Alex is Chairman of Ekopia Ltd., which is based in Findhorn, Morayshire. Formed in
2001 Ekopia’s initial aim was to enable a ‘community buy-out’ of a local book and
crafts shop. Having completed that they are now involved in a variety of other
community projects. He attended the 2003 DTA conference in Plymouth and shortly
afterwards joined the board of DTA Scotland. He took on the role of DTAS
chairperson in 2006

Vice Chairperson
TOM SNEDDON – CARLUKE DEVELOPMENT TRUST (FULL)
Tom is currently Vice Chair of Carluke Development Trust, a small town in
Lanarkshire which for a while was the only Scottish Trust registered with DTA (UK).
He has been involved for many years with the Association of Small Towns in
Scotland (ASTIS) and was instrumental in helping to get DTA Scotland off the
ground. In his professional capacity as an architect he has been involved with urban
regeneration projects in the West of Scotland for many years.

Treasurer
AIDAN PIA - SENSCOT (ASSOCIATE)
Aidan is responsible for co-ordinating Senscot`s activities on a day to day basis. In
particular, Aidan oversees Network Development and the development of new
services for Senscot. As well as establishing new contacts through a series of
events across the country and the establishment of new working partnerships, his
role has also involved the setting up of new initiatives such as Scotland UnLtd, DTA
Scotland and, more recently, the Social Enterprise Academy. Aidan has 20 years
experience in community development work.


NICKY DONALD – BUCHAN DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
(ASSOCIATE)
Nicky has been employed for the past 6 years as a development officer with the
Buchan Development Partnership (BDP), an independent, community-run Local
Rural Partnership working to support community economic, social and environmental
development in the north east of Scotland. An important part of the Partnership’s
work is to provide opportunities for the 100+ member groups to network and learn
from each other, and to link with other LRPs across Aberdeenshire to ensure the
community voice is heard both shire-wide and nationally.

PAULINE SMITH – WELLHOUSE COMMUNITY TRUST (FULL)
Pauline has been the Manager of the Wellhouse Community Trust for the past 2
years. Along with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers she operates a
community education and employment facility (the hub) and a youth facility
(innerzone) with a further sports facility to be open at the end of the year. In addition
to this the Trust is involved in wider community regeneration work as the recognised
community planning group. Previously employed as a Social Economy Adviser she
has knowledge and experience of working with a wide variety of voluntary
organisations and social enterprises.
JIM BRISTOW – INVERCLYDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
(FULL)
Jim has been involved in the voluntary sector in Inverclyde since 1970. For the last
20 years he has been involved in developing the Inverclyde Community Development
Trust from its original 2 staff members to its current 115. He is committed to the
concepts of exploring new models and working in new partnerships.


ELEANOR SHAW - THE NADAIR TRUST (FULL)
Eleanor is currently the General Manager of the Nàdair Trust and its subsidiary social
enterprise, Nàdair Support Services. Based in Oban, Nàdair has been involved in
planning, funding and coordinating more than 65 heritage and sustainable
development projects since 2001. Eleanor will be stepping down from her current
role in July, although she will remain involved in the Trust’s work. She also sits on
the management committees of the Scottish Islands Federation (formerly the S.I.
Network) and CADISPA at Strathclyde University, as well as representing Nàdair on
the West Highland Leader+ Strategic Action Group.


DUNCAN SLOAN - THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (ASSOCIATE)
Duncan's career in the Royal Bank has spanned over 30 years in various
departments including HR and Commercial Banking. In April 2007, he was
appointed Head of Community Banking leading a team which is focussed on
developing the role the Bank can play in creating a better understanding of the
financial needs of community based businesses and related markets. This involves
working with charitable bodies, voluntary organisations, trusts, social enterprises and
those operating within the not-for-profit sector throughout Scotland.




PETER CRAIG - BALFRON COMMUNITY FUTURES DEVELOPMENT
TRUST (FULL)
Peter is a Chartered Engineer who has long experience of economic regeneration,
most recently in Glasgow’s East End. He was involved in setting up Balfron
Community Futures Development Trust in 2001and has been chair since that time.
Trust projects include conversion of a building and promoting access to countryside.



ARCHIE THOMSON – RENTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
(FULL)
Archie has been active in his community for over twenty years. He is currently chair
of Cordale Housing Association and is also involved with the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation advisory panel on empowerment and regeneration. In the past, he has
chaired various local as well as regional forums all connected to community
empowerment. He has received an MBE for services to the community.
SANDY BRUNTON – MULL & IONA COMMUNITY TRUST (FULL)
Sandy was born and brought up on Mull and after school in Oban left the area to train
as a boatbuilder near Helenburgh then on to Southampton for 5 yrs for further college
and more shipwright work. He returned to Mull 20 years ago to set up and run village
store and has been involved with community groups ever since. These involve the
village hall, pipe band, chamber of commerce, coastguard (to name a few) and MICT
both as a member of the steering group before it was formally constituted. He has
been Treasurer, Vice Convenor and now Convenor. Sandy firmly believes in 'people
power' and that any community is only as 'strong' as the people in it make it



ALISON THOMSON – UPPER NITHSDALE ART & CRAFTS COMMUNITY
INITIATIVE (FULL)
Alison describes herself as being an authority on Indigenous Sanquhar Knitting. She
is the founder of the Sanquhar Heritage Society and is currently the Chairman of the
Upper Nithsdale Art & Crafts Community Initiative - [A' the Airts] - which will use the
Arts as a tool for regeneration.

								
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