CDT Team

Management and Finance 

Marie Ward


I am Marie and I have held several roles in the third sector, spanning more than 30 years, and since 2007 I have worked as CEO of Cranhill Development Trust. With responsibility for funding, facilities management, strategy and impact, I work closely with local policymakers to improve the quality of life for the people of Cranhill and the surrounding areas. I believe in community-led responses and lead a vibrant team committed to meeting the changing needs of the people of Cranhill.

Gosia Traczykowska


I am Malgorzata, I have been living in Scotland since 2017 and my work with CDT began in October 2017. I am CDT’s Accountant and work in cooperation with Brett Nicholls Associates. Furthermore I also perform the function of Treasurer.

I have over 20 years of experience in accounting and before leaving Poland I worked as a chief accountant at American Express.

Employability and Welfare 

Heather Jamieson

Employability Adviser 

I’m Heather and I am an Employability Advisor at CDT. Following on from my studies at the University of Strathclyde where I specialised in Business, I joined Cranhill Development Trust as a Volunteer in July 2019. During this time I supported service users with digital skills. Following this I progressed to full time paid employment as an Employability Advisor, supporting people in looking for employment.

Margaret Cairns

Welfare Officer

My name is Margaret, and as a Welfare Officer at CDT my role is to provide advice and support services to local people focusing on welfare rights, benefit entitlements, appeals, access to grants, liaising with health professionals and housing providers and crisis support.

Before joining CDT, I was a Project Manager for a community project based in North Lanarkshire and held this post for over 25 years. One of the main services I provided was advice and assistance on welfare benefits and I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience on this matter during my employment here.

Oleksandra Wierzbicka

New Scots Support Worker

My name is Oleksandra, and I proudly serve as a dedicated and passionate community advisor at CDT. In my role, I have a specific focus on supporting New Scots as they settle into their new lives in Scotland.

As a New Scots Support Worker, my responsibility is vital in bridging the gap between refugees and the resources and support they require to thrive in their new home. This entails working closely with community partners, local organizations, and government agencies. Together, we ensure that refugees have access to the essential services and programs that can significantly impact their lives.

Whether it’s assisting individuals in finding employment opportunities, helping them enrol their children in schools, or facilitating connections with mental health services, my primary objective is to continually seek ways to support all refugees in their pursuit of a fresh start and a brighter future in Scotland.

Health and Wellbeing

Fiona Duncan

Health and Wellbeing Lead

I’m Fiona and as the Health and Wellbeing Lead at the Trust I deliver the food projects such as the community garden and cooking clubs; facilitating workshops, drop-in sessions and food-based events.

I believe everyone has a right to access fresh, affordable and healthy food and hope our programme can enable this throughout Cranhill. I hope the garden provides a holistic and therapeutic green space for the community to spend time in nature and socialise; building relationships across the community and with our environment.

Kayla Connolly

Family Support Worker

My Name is Kayla and I started working with CDT as a sessional play worker in February 2021. After finishing my studies at University i started with CDT full time as a Youth Employability worker working with youths in the community as well the two local secondary schools. I have now taken on the role of the Family Support worker whilst continuing to work with youths but helping support families in the community by running groups that families can attend as well.

Emma Young

Events Co-ordinator 

My name is Emma Young, I am the Event’s Coordinator here at Cranhill Development Trust. I have been involved with the trust for a few years now, starting  as a  volunteer and then moving onto doing more frequent sessional work. 

In my current role as the Events Coordinator, I plan and facilitate our exciting events that take place throughout the year such as International Women’s Day, Holiday Programmes for the kids, along with a weekly Lunch Club for older adults called ‘Young at Heart’.

Zhanna Bondarieva

Community Food Assistant

My name is Zhanna and as a Community Food Assistance at CDT my role is to help  with the food projects such as the community meal, cooking clubs, community gardening, and other food-based events. I’m lucky to be a part of Health and Wellbeing department.

The Cabin: Your Community Shop 

Linda Cairns

Community Shop and Post Office Manager

My name is Linda Cairns. I am a local person and have lived in Cranhill for 42 years. My previous employment includes 16 years experience in newsagents and post offices, and over 12 years of sales experience.

I joined CDT in 2023 as the community shop and post office manager. I look forward to promoting services in the post office and products in the shop to help it meet the needs of the Cranhill community.

Tracey Walsh

Community Shop and Post Office Assistant

My name is Tracey, I live in the Cranhill community, and I have engaged with Cranhill Development Trust since 2017.In 2022 I became a “Community Connector” at the Trust, where I assisted CDT in identifying people within the community who could benefit from our services, while signposting people to support available and encouraging engagement with the Trust.  

Moving forward I will continue volunteering, and have been given the opportunity to join the CDT team as a part time member of staff, working in the Community Shop and Post Office. I am excited to continue working with CDT to support the Cranhill Community.

Diane Smillie

Community Shop and Post Office Assistant

My name is Diane, and I was brought up in Cranhill. I have been involved with Cranhill Development Trust since its inception in 2002 and I have loved seeing how much it helps people. I have also helped run the Cranhill Nearly New Sale, with my mum, for many years.

Having worked in retail for many years I didn’t think twice when the opportunity arose to work in the Community Shop and Post Office. I look forward to seeing it’s growth and how we and the local community can thrive together.


Nikki Ferguson

Business Development Manager

My name is Nikki and I started working for CDT in February 2022 as a part time sessional team member, then moving to join the team full time as the Business Development Manager in June 2023.  I have responsibility for our building development projects, Skills Academy course and supporting our operations team.

Scott Pannell

Learning and Admin Officer

My name is Scott and I started as a volunteer in the CDT reception in 2016 to build my confidence up and gain experience in an office environment.  A year later, in 2017, I was employed by CDT as an Administration Assistant.   I enjoy interacting and engaging with the community.

Emma Newlands

Administration Assistant

My name’s Emma and I am the Admin Assistant here at the trust, starting in June 2023. I will be here to take all your queries whether in person at CDT or via the telephone.

I have strong family and community values and being from the local community I have the passion to make a difference. I am friendly and approachable, and no query is too large or small. I will give you help where I can, or signpost you to the person who is best able to provide support.

David Waugh

Facilities Team Member

I’m David and I am a local resident, having lived in the east end of Glasgow since I was a child. I have worked for Cranhill Development Trust since 2017 as a Facilities team member, responsible for cleaning duties. During my time at CDT I have met lots of great people, and really enjoy my job.