our people: working with neilston’s people and partners
Our board currently consists of 7 voluntary positions elected by the membership and co-opted positions to attract particular skills on to our board. Each of the voluntary board members assumes a responsibility on a working group or for a particular area of work (e.g. finance, communication, governance etc). Our board has an excellent range of ages, backgrounds, skills, expertise and local knowledge.
Through our work, we aim to develop productive and supportive working relationships with the community of Neilston, local and national partners, and by working in collaboration, increase our collective impact and make a lasting and sustainable difference to community life and the lives of individuals.
Deirdre is originally from Ireland with a background in art but returned to study anthropology and development following a few years travelling and working abroad. More recently, Deirdre worked for a small charity which worked to raise awareness for Fair Trade in Scotland. Deirdre joined NDT in 2018 as Operations Manager. She takes care of the internal management of the organisation and has really enjoyed getting stuck in! She lives in the village with her young family.
She spent a number of years living on the north coast of Ireland, where she developed her love of the ocean and became involved with a number of environmental campaigns and worked with the charity, Surfers Against Sewage. She has led a number of their campaigns to parliament, including protesting in the streets of Westminster, with her surfboard and wetsuit in a bid to reduce single use plastics! This enticed her to move forward with her career into the third sector.
With a background in Fine Art, she has led a number of community arts projects throughout the country and continues to do so.
Jennifer is responsible for the Marketing & Communications within the trust and is always on the lookout for how she can make the process of supporting our charity more effective, more productive and more fun. She enjoys forming relationships with other organisations and members of the community to ensure Neilston maintains it’s crown, as the best postcode in Scotland!
I have lived in Neilston since 1973. I am a retired engineer, married with 2 children and 4 grand children, interested in photography and improving Neilston.
I have been on the Board of NDT since 2006 ( 13 years). I joined the Board because I’d like to see a much improved Neilston and believe that local people must be involved in regeneration if it’s to be effective.
I hope to see the village centre transformed into an attractive, vibrant space.
I currently work full time for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Throughout the last few years I co-founded the Neilston & Uplawmoor Community First Responders recently recipients of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service the equivalent of an MBE for Voluntary Groups and I also Co-founded the Neilston Players and Caplaw Model Flying Group both of which have been extremely well established and handed over to new leadership teams to take the organisations forward.
I have been involved with other organisations within Neilston over the years such as Director of Neilston Agricultural Society and Society for Charity Neilston.
I joined the Board of NDT in 2009 after reaching out to the Trust as part of my studies for my Masters in Public Health – they were very happy to help, but little did I know then that 10 years later I would still be working back the debt!! On a more serious note, my academic interests in public health and day job in community engagement and public involvement with the NHS sparked an interest in the work of NDT which has never left.
On a personal note, I was born and brought up in Neilston, with my parents still living in the village, and although I moved just down the road to Paisley with my young family, I have a passion to ensure that this fantastic little village can be the best it can be – a vision very much shared by NDT!
I have been part of the Neilston Community since 1989 and even moved to a different location within in Neilston in that time.
Both my children have been brought up and went to school here and I feel a strong affinity with the village. For the past 6 years I have been a part of the Neilston Players, helped bring the Neilston war memorial to life and host the Neilston Light switch on.
You may know me as Disco Dave and possibly if you have been to a school disco over the past 12 years you will have seen me.
What I am trying to say is that I absolutely love this village and the opportunity to serve as a board member for NDT, was as they say nowadays a “No Brainer”.
We can’t do it alone and need the support of community to bring things to life!
Colin has lived in Neilston all his days and attended Neilston Primary then Barrhead and Eastwood Secondary schools. He has been a member of the 1st Neilston Boys’ Brigade from age 8 to eventually being the Captain of the Company.
He has been closely associated with the Neilston Agricultural Society for over 40 years and is currently a director of the Society.
Colin previously sat on the Community Council and his interests include curling, reading, walking, cinema and theatre.
Colin’s vision of Neilston is one of a community where we welcome diversity and work together to make this the best place it can be, if not the best village in Scotland!