New chair for Development Trusts Association

Micheal Pyner, chief executive of the Shoreditch Trust, has been appointed as the new chair of the Development Trusts Association, the umbrella body for the country's 450 development trusts.

Pyner succeeds Dave Clarson, coordinator of the Burton Street Project in Sheffield, who has stepped down as chair after four years, but will remain on the board. Pyner has been chief executive of east London development trust the Shoreditch Trust for more than eight years.

Steve Wyler, director of the DTA, paid tribute to Clarson and Pyner's "extraordinary quality and vision". He said their interest in the DTA reflected the vitality of the development trusts movement.

"In these turbulent times the importance of community-owned enterprise has never been greater, so we are incredibly fortunate that Micheal has accepted this role," he said.

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