Norma Austin Hart
Chief Executive Officer
Norma was a councillor in the City of Edinburgh Council for ten years, until 2017, where she had responsibility for culture and sports services. She was also lead councillor on the introduction of the Living Wage and helped to secure Living Wage Employer status for the City of Edinburgh Council, one of the first local authorities in Scotland to achieve this award. Before becoming the lead of TSDG, she was the director of Austin Hart Project Management, her own consultancy and training business.
Claire is accountable for our engagement work, managing our Engagement Team and Volunteering Officer. She supports our work with the Health and Social Care Partnership and as Operations Manager deputises for the Chief Executive in her absence.
Our Engagement Officer for Wigtownshire, Christine has more than 18 years' experience of the volunteering sector across Dumfries and Galloway. Working out of Stranraer, she supports groups in a wide variety of subjects, including funding, volunteering, constitutions and organisational development.
Selina is our Engagement Officer for Annandale and Eskdale and works with third sector groups on any aspects of organisational development requiring support and advice and also helps volunteers to discover opportunities to match their interests and skills.
David is our Engagement Officer for the Stewartry. He moved into the third sector working for Solway Community Business and co-founded Lowland Group, a social enterprise consisting of Lowland Development Trust and six subsidiary companies. David joined TSDG after working with young people with additional support needs over a number of years.
Beth is our Engagement Officer for Nithsdale and supports and advises third sector groups on organisational development and also helps volunteers to find exciting opportunities to match their interests and skills.
Rachel is our Funding Officer. Her role is to help third sector groups source potential avenues of funding and other contacts, determined by needs. This will include local funders such as The Holywood Trust; Scottish and national independent, public and European funding sources; SCVO and other relevant intermediaries; Dumfries and Galloway Council and Health and Social Care Partnership; other Third Sector Interfaces; and independent consultancies
Alan is our Communications Manager and joined TSDG after more than 20 years working in media across the breadth of Dumfries and Galloway, including the editor's position in publications in the west. He will help to highlight the vital role that the third sector plays within the region.
Business Support Manager
Rachel is the Manager of the Business Support Team and oversees all administration provision for the organisation. Her role also includes managing our office accommodation in Dumfries and Stranraer, as well as providing executive support to our board of trustees.
Information and Communications Assistant
Dan is our Information and Communications Assistant. He has a background in computing and develops and maintains our internal IT and assists our Communications Manager to publicise the fantastic work of the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway.
Business Support Team - Support Officer
Charlene is based in Stranraer and is that office's first point of contact both in person and by telephone. She provides administration support for the Stewartry and Wigtownshire Engagement Officers and business support at the Stewartry and Wigtownshire roadshows.
Business Support Team - Support Officer
Stephanie is the first point of contact for visitors to our Dumfries office, both in person and by telephone. She provides administration support for the Annandale and Eskdale and Nithsdale Engagement Officers and attends these roadshows as part of the business support team. Stephanie also looks after the diary of and arranges meetings for our chief executive.
Iain Boddy – Chairperson
Helen Keron – Vice-Chairperson