Board of Directors

Anne McGreechin

Director and 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 a Lecturer in Community-Based Practice at the University of Glasgow. 

Ken Nisbet

Director

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

Carntyne and 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, Girls Brigade 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

Director

As Wheatley Homes Glasgow Locality Housing Director, I am delighted to be part of the Board at Cranhill Development Trust. My area of operation within Wheatley Homes Glasgow 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.

Neil Paterson

Director

My day job at Glasgow Life involves managing project teams who deliver a wide range of help and support services across the city. This includes everything from working to tackle the root causes of child poverty to employability support, digital inclusion and assisted digital services, financial inclusion, creative coding for young people and delivering the city’s only free code academy. Prior to my present post I worked as a digital advisor to the Scottish Government and before that as a Computing lecturer.

I’m passionate about using digital for learning, participation, creativity and social good and I hope that some of my skills will be useful in helping Cranhill Development Trust to thrive in the coming years.

Angela Smith

Director

I trained as a horticulturist and florist 40…something years ago! with Renfrew District Council, and presently I am employed by the Royal Horticultural Society Community Outreach team. I thoroughly enjoy supporting and assisting schools, community growing groups and individuals to enjoy growing inside and out across Scotland.

Previously I successfully ran my own business ‘Angela’s Flowers’ in Bridge of Weir, engaging closely with my local community, sharing my knowledge, skills and passion in floristry and horticulture, and brought three beautiful children up in my back shop!!

I have also worked within Education, using horticulture as a vehicle to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to support life and core skills and, at the same time, building their confidence and self esteem. Furthermore I have also worked in horticultural therapy centres, delivering holistic therapeutic horticulture.

Annemarie Fleming

Director

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.

David Linden MP

Director and Vice Chairperson

As well as being our local Member of Parliament, I’m above all else a Cranhill boy. I grew up on Skerryvore Road before moving to Strone Road, during which time I was a pupil at the old Milncroft Primary School. I had an incredibly happy childhood growing up in Cranhill, learning to ride my bike on St Gregory’s ash pitch and building dens in the after-school care at Bellrock Community Centre.

I’ve served our community since 2017 in the House of Commons and have always valued my close working relationship with CDT, as well as holding monthly advice surgeries for constituents in the building.

Cranhill Development Trust truly is the jewel in the crown of our community and I’m delighted to be a part of the Board of Directors who unashamedly shout from the rooftops about the amazing work our staff do to support everyone across Cranhill.

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.