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.

Angela Naismith

Projects Manager

I’m Angela and I am 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, 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.

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 started my new post as Employability support worker in 2022, supporting young people up to the age of 25.

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.

Learning and Programmes 

David Jackson

Community Development Worker 

I am David and I have been with the Trust since the start of 2016. I am the Community Development Worker responsible for Learning and Development at CDT 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 as a Community Development Worker 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.

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’.

The Cabin: Your Community Shop 

Isabella Gallacher

Community Shop and Post Office Manager

My name is Isabella and I am a local resident, having lived in the East End of Glasgow all of my life. I joined CDT in May 2022 as a Community Shop and Post Office Assistant.

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked for the Wheatley Group for over 30 years. During this time I worked in a variety of roles including Finance, Internal Audit, Community Engagement and Member Services.

Leona Harper

Community Shop and Post Office Assistant

I am Leona and I started work with CDT in the Community Shop as a volunteer.  Three months later I started my current role in the Cabin Community Shop 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’m Karolina and I am the Administrator at Cranhill Development Trust. I moved with my family to Glasgow in 2007 and worked for the Raddison Hotel before 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 which I gained in Poland.

Scott Pannell

Administration Assistant

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.

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. 

Edyta Krakowiak

Facilities Team Member

I am Edyta and I started working with Cranhill Development trust as a Facilities Team Member in June 2021. I really enjoy working here as everyone is very friendly, and I have enjoyed getting to know people in the community.