Scottish community trusts charity appoints trustee as chief executive

New leader Pauline Smith has served on the board of Development Trusts Association Scotland since 2012

Pauline Smith
Pauline Smith

Development Trusts Association Scotland has appointed one of its trustees to take over as the charity’s chief executive.

Pauline Smith, who had been on the DTAS board since 2012, will take up the role in July. She succeeds the previous permanent chief executive Louisa Macdonnell.

DTAS represents more than 300 community-run trusts across Scotland, which combine charitable work and enterprise to help local areas.

DTAS generally has an income of just over £1m a year, although this rose substantially last year when the charity helped the Scottish government distribute more than £8m in Covid-19 grants to its members.

Smith is currently chief executive of Connect Community Trust in Glasgow, which she has run for 17 years. She has also previously been chair of the Scottish Community Alliance and the Glasgow Empowering Communities Consortium.

She said: “I have always been passionate about community-led regeneration and [am] humbled by development trusts improving the quality of life for people in their communities."

She told the charity's member groups: "I will continue to listen to you all and look forward to supporting you to make your local communities better places to live.”

Jim Bristow, chair of trustees at DTAS, said: “Pauline is already well known to us as a board member and we know she will bring her passion and enthusiasm for development trusts, along with her wealth of experience in leadership positions on the board of community-led organisations.”

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