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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