Board of Directors

Gillian Doody

Director and Chairperson

I was born and raised in Cranhill and my two children attend the local school.

I have a background in finance, working as an Accounts Assistant for a solicitors and is the former Chairperson of Cranhill Primary School, and currently a member of the CCRG Committee and Parent Council of Smithycroft Secondary School. 

I have returned to further education and am currently studying at University.

I have been a Director for 8 years and I am currently the Trust Chairperson

Anne McGreechin

Director and Vice Chairperson

I have been a board member since 2020 and I have lived in Cranhill for most of my life. It has been fantastic to see the response from the CDT team during the Covid-19 pandemic to support local people.

I am a Community Development Worker and draw upon my skills and experiences to support the team at Cranhill Development trust. Currently I am working as an associate tutor at Glasgow University. 

Ken Nisbet


I am Ken Nisbet, a Director at Cranhill Development Trust and for my day job I manage the nearby Scottish Veterans Residence, Bellrock Close. I qualified in Social Work in 1998 and have been a Manager and Area Manager for voluntary organisations working with children and young people, addiction services, people with mental health needs and older people in very sheltered housing.  I joined Scottish Veterans Residences in September 2021 and got involved in CDT at the end of 2021.

I am delighted to be part of Cranhill Development Trust and look forward to seeing the Trust developing and continuing to provide such a great service for people in the community.

Mary Hastie

Cranhill Parish Church, Partner Organisation Member

I was born in Kinning Park, and was brought up in Cranhill from 1952 when we moved to Longstone Road with my twin sister, parents and grandparents.

I was taken to the Church here in Cranhill from a very early age. I joined the Girls’ Brigade at 5 years of age, and I am still actively involved. I joined the Church at 14 and still attend weekly. I am an elder, GB Captain and Assistant Treasurer.

I have been to many events in Cranhill including activities in the old Cranhill Community Centre. I have attended almost all CDT gala days and participated in as much as I could whilst working full time as a Tax Adviser in Paisley.

Now retired, I am in Cranhill 2 to 3 days a week and I have in the past volunteered with the Development Trust in the garden group and reception. I enjoy the community meals too. My personal interests are reading, gardening, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Michael Dillon

Director and Local Resident

I am 53 years old and have lived in Cranhill all my Life. I have been a member of the board since 2020.

I became involved with Cranhill Development Trust in 2003, when my mother opened a café here. I have been involved in many ways over the years such as providing support in the IT suite. CDT is a friendly and welcoming place and having been an active member of CDT for so many years that everyone knows me here. It has been a pleasure to see CDT evolve and grow over time.

Tahrima Hossain

Director and Local Resident

I completed Masters in Professional Accountancy from the University of Dundee and am preparing to attempt Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional exam. I am currently working as self-employed accountant. I have worked at Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) as their Finance assistant and at the Scottish Association for Mental Health as Trainee Finance Assistant.

In addition, I am working as an interpreter for Scottish Refugee Council and Global Language Services Ltd where I am providing face to face and tele conference interpreting service to NHS Greater Glasgow, Police Scotland, Solicitors, Tribunal and Courts.  

I have worked as a volunteer with different community organisations (Connect Community Trust, Cranhill Development Trust, and Positive Action in Housing Ltd & Joint Aid Management) since 2015. I always try to learn something new from every experience because I believe there is always room for self-improvement both personally and professionally.

Linda Doyle


As GHA’s Locality Housing Director, I am delighted to be part of the Board at Cranhill Development Trust. My area of operation within GHA includes Cranhill, Ruchazie, Craigend and Garthamlock, and together we serve the local communities ensuring services meet the needs of all.

I have worked in Housing for 25 years and have seen the transformation and challenges in our communities throughout that time.  Attending Glasgow University in 2007-2008 I gained my qualification in Housing Management, and I am also registered housing practitioner with the chartered institute of housing.

The east end of Glasgow has always been part of who I am. I have lived locally all my life and attended primary and secondary school in the East end, seeing first-hand the local issues and needs of our communities.

Annemarie Fleming


Hi my name is Annemarie Fleming my role on the board is ordinary member. I have been a volunteer at Cranhill Development trust since 2012 and have loved every minute of it.

Suren Abdul Kareem 

Board Advisor

I have been living in Scotland since 2017 and I am a board adviser. I started volunteering with different organisations in 2018 and mostly worked with asylum seekers and Refugees.