CDT Team

Management and Finance 

Marie Ward


I have held several roles in the third sector over 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.

Angela Naismith

Deputy CEO 

The Projects Manager at Cranhill Development Trust, joining in April 2015 prior to joining Cranhill Development Trust I worked on various Welfare to Work initiatives within the third sector delivering at operational and senior positions spanning over 20 years.

Gosia Traczykowska


I am Malgorzata and I have been living in Scotland since 2017. I have over 20 years of experience in accounting. Before leaving Poland, I worked as a chief accountant at American Express. My cooperation with CDT has begun in October 2017. I am conducting accountancy in cooperation with Brett Nicholls Associates. At the same time, I perform the function of Treasurer.

Employability and Welfare 

Heather Jamieson

Employability Adviser 

I studied Business at the University of Strathclyde and following my studies I joined Cranhill Development Trust as Volunteer in July 2019 and supported people with digital skills I then progressed to full time paid employment as an Employability Worker supporting people in looking for employment.

Kayla Connolly

Employability Support Worker

My Name is Kayla and I started working with CDT as a sessional play worker in February 2021. Since completing my studies at University, I have started my new post as Employability support worker, supporting young people up to the age of 25.

Margaret Cairns

Welfare Officer

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.

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.

Learning and Programmes 

David Jackson

Community Development Worker 

I have been with the Trust since the start of 2016 and am now responsible for Learning and Development and the coordination of the East Glasgow Integration Network. I have been working in the Third Sector since 2011 and during this time I have gained excellent community development skills and cultivated a strong knowledge of lifelong learning principles, and of the rights, entitlements, and challenges faced by newcomers to the UK and Glasgow.

Fiona Duncan

Community Development Worker

I’m Fiona and 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.

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, I started by volunteering then moved onto doing more frequent sessional work. 

In my most recent post as the events coordinator, I plan and facilitate all 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’. 

For any information about any of the events throughout the year don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

The Cabin: Your Community Shop 

Leona Harper

Community Shop Assistant

I started working in the Community Shop as a volunteer and 3 months later I got a job here as a Shop assistant. I enjoy getting to know all of the customers who come into the shop, and helping people form the local community.


Karolina Tarnowska


I moved with my family to Glasgow in 2007. I worked for the Raddison Hotel, then studied for an Accounting qualification. I was a Reception Volunteer from September 2018 and in April 2019 joined the staff team as an Administrator. I have 15 years of Customer Care and Accounting experience in Poland.

Scott Pannell

Administration Assistant

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

David Waugh

Facilities Team Member

I am a local resident and have 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. 

Edyta Krakowiak

Facilities Team Member

I started working with Cranhill Development trust in June 2021 and I really enjoy working here.  Everyone is very friendly, and I have enjoyed getting to know people in the community.