New chair and vice-chair for Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway board

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) has two new faces leading its board of trustees.

Helen Keron, of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme, is the new chair and John Dougan, of Relationship Scotland Dumfries and Galloway, is the new vice chair.

Previous chair Iain Boddy has completed his second term as a board member having joined in 2014 and stepped down this month.

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New chair Helen Keron.

Helen has been a Board Member of TSDG since 2016 and is currently the Education and Community Engagement Officer for the Galloway Glens scheme in the Stewartry.

She lives in New Galloway and is heavily involved with community projects, with volunteer roles as the Financial Director of the Glenkens Community and Arts Trust and the Treasurer of New Galloway Community Enterprises.

Helen said she was delighted to be taking over as Chair and praised the “sterling work” by Iain to guide TSDG to its current very strong position.

“I am looking forward to working with all the TSDG staff and my fellow Trustees to continue to achieve our vision of ‘improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities in Dumfries and Galloway’,” she said.

“At this very challenging time of COVID response and recovery, the value of volunteers and the vital work that they do has never been clearer. Through our work with regional third sector organisations, we seek to amplify and support this work.

“In addition, the strategic importance of third sector organisations and the benefit that they can bring to our social and economic recovery is becoming increasingly recognised. As we move together out of this crisis, it is imperative that third sector, public sector and private organisations work together to create a fair, sustainable and thriving society where everyone can flourish. I very much look forward to supporting TSDG in playing their part in this.”

Iain said it had been a privilege over the last six years to serve as a Board member, Vice-Chair and then Chair of TSDG. During that time, the Interface had experienced significant change and development, maturing into the current organisation.

“This is embodied in its rapid response to the Covid pandemic in which the staff, whilst working from home, transformed itself into a model of best practice to support our local communities,” he added.

New vice chairman, John Dougan, said he was honoured to be appointed and looked forward to working with members, partners and others to put the sector first.

“The third sector has and will continue to play a vital role in the many communities across Dumfries and Galloway,” he said.

If you are interested in joining TSDG’s board of trustees, please email norma.austinhart@tsdg.org.uk for more information.