New trustees voted on to board of Third Sector DG

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway has three new elected members on its board.

At a Special Members’ Meeting on Thursday, organisations voted on Christine Leadbeater, Alex Dickson and John Dougan.

Christine, of Dumfries Toy Library, has been a co-opted trustee on the board for a number of years but will now put her understanding of the work of the organisation and the role of Trustees to use in an elected capacity.

She has worked in early years within the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway for over 25 years and is passionate about delivering high quality services to parents and young children and the part the third sector plays in delivering those services.

Christine also convenes Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway Early Years Forum and reports to the Early Years Strategic group within public services.

Alex is the project manager of Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project, which provides early intervention and short-term support to vulnerable eight to 18-year-olds.

Prior to taking up the post in June 2015, he was a trustee of the project for three years and vice-chair.

Alex is also a volunteer curling coach at Dumfries Ice Bowl, an active member of Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club and is the Session Clerk of his local church.

Following his retirement from the police, he was a mentor of disadvantaged young men referred through Youth Justice and worked as an Additional Support Needs Assistant at Dumfries Academy and at Langlands School.

John is currently the Service Manager for Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway and previously was a trustee with Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project.

He has been the drug rehab centre manager for the Lochbank Trust at The Walking Free Centre in Borgue and a former Chairman of Riding for the Disabled Association in Wigtownshire.

He was also involved in Dumfries and Galloway Action, a local humanitarian project run by Lt Gen Sir Norman Arthur based in Colvend and, as a former local authority councillor, was chairman of the social work services committee on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

John is also a former deputy convener of South West Scotland Criminal Justice Authority and chairman of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board.

All three were welcomed by chairman of the board Iain Boddy, who also thanked fellow nominees Owen Fielding and Keith Jakeman for putting themselves forward for consideration.

Iain also paid tribute to former board chairwoman Sue Irving, who had stepped down from her role in the organisation after six years in office.

Appointed member Jenny Wilson had also stepped down from the board after serving four years.

Proposed changes to the constitution were then voted through unanimously by those present at Lochvale House in Dumfries.

The minutes of the meeting can be viewed at: THIS LINK