Meet the Team!

Clackmannan Development Trust's management committee can consist of up to 15 Trustees and up to 4 co-opted Trustee positions (people who live out with the parish boundary) to attract particular skills on to our committee.

Each of the voluntary committee members assumes a responsibility on a working group or for a particular area of work (e.g. finance, communication, governance etc). Our board has a range of ages, backgrounds, skills, expertise and local knowledge.

We are currently looking to expand our management committee, if you think you have the time and the skills to offer as a Trustee please email clackdevtrust@hotmail.com or phone (01259) 219473 for an informal conversation to find out more.

Steve Allan, Chair

I live with my family in Clackmannan and have been involved with the Development Trust since its inception in 2013. I was voted in as Chair in October 2019.

Clackmannan is a great place to live with stunning scenery; with so many walks – a good view is never far away.

Outside of CDT I’m a Manager of a local Garden Centre and I have a keen interest in anything with an engine, I love motorsport and winter sports.

Jenni Bone, Vice Chair

I moved to Clackmannan 11 years ago when my son was a tiny baby and one of the first things I noticed was how friendly everyone was. I started my cake business Thistle Do Icely 5 years ago and first got involved with CDT through having cupcake stalls at their events. I’ve been impressed by all the changes to improve the town recently and decided it was time to get involved and help where I can. I love living in Clackmannan and enjoy walking and cycling the many paths in the area.

Derek Yule, Treasurer

I am a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. Fife born, and a graduate of Edinburgh University, I undertook my professional training in NHS Lothian before starting a career in local government with Clackmannan District Council in 1987. I have subsequently held various positions with Clackmannanshire, Aberdeenshire and Highland Councils.

I retired in June 2019 from my position as Director of Corporate Resources and Depute Chief Executive with Highland Council.

I have been a member of a number of Working Groups with the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), and have held various voluntary positions with my accounting institute. I was awarded Scotland Public Finance Professional of the year in 2019.

Since retiring I have continued with voluntary positions at a UK level with my accounting institute and I’m also currently acting as a financial adviser to COSLA.

My hobbies largely relate to sport, particularly golf and football. Previously a qualified football referee I am hoping to catch up on more golf since retiring. In recent years I have taken up running and have run a number of 5 and 10k races across Scotland. I completed his first half marathon in London in March 2019 in under 2 hours.

I am married with four grown up children, and now live in Alloa.

Margaret Schofield, Secretary

I have lived in Clackmannan for over 20 years, enjoying its central location and wonderful views. When I retired as an architect 5 years ago I became more involved in local activities. My hobbies include gardening and travel. I used to say hill-walking but I haven’t “enjoyed” climbing hills for some time.

The new community garden at the Town Hall is the project taking most of my time at present but I also help with the Heritage Walks and Events groups.

Monica Wilson, Trustee

I have lived in Clackmannan since 1993. I am married and have two grandsons. Now mainly retired, I was Director of CHANGE (Men learning to end their Violence to Women) Limited from 1989 – 2009, which developed one of the first criminal justice based programmes for male perpetrators of domestic violence, having previously worked in social research. I am also a trained counsellor and worked part time for 17 years as a Counsellor in Primary Care.  From 2009 – 2013, I was contracted to the Scottish Government Justice Department to project manage the national roll out of the Caledonian System, an integrated approach to address men’s domestic abuse, which I co-authored. I was appointed to the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation in 2013.

I feel really at home in Clackmannan. I love the history of the place and its location. I enjoy being involved with the Trust and love the sense of community it brings.

Graeme Molloy, Trustee

I have lived with my family and dogs in Clackmannan for just over 11 years now, and have been volunteering and supporting the CDT, when I could, since it started its ‘light up Clackmannan’ events.  I have seen how much pride that wee change made to the spirit of this town, just a few years ago, and thought it time to get a little bit more involved.

I’m a self employed project site manager, working mainly in the water sector. I’ve travelled a large part of the world over the past 5 years or so,  working on water systems. I’ve seen a lot of sights, but always missing home. Whenever it is, I love that drive back into Clackmannan looking onto the Ochils, I’ve never tired of it, no matter how often I do it, it’s a truly special wee place. Now that I’m back working in Scotland again, and more importantly, back home every night, I can enjoy the beauty of Clackmannanshire and get back to getting fit with my dogs. I’ve got into a mad sport called canicross, that admittedly, I’m fairly bad at, with my big dug Rudi. We’re not the fastest, but we have a right good laugh running the local trails.

I’m hoping my contribution of time and effort  to the CDT, when I can,  will be of a small benefit to making Clackmannan an even better place, supporting as many of the community as possible

Tom Adam - Trustee

My name is Thomas Wilson Adam.  I was named after my uncle who was killed in WW1.  I was born in Clackmannan in 1931 and went to Clackmannan Public School and then finished my formal education at Alloa Academy.  I left school at 14 and started work with Harland Engineering Company as office boy in the Sunray Easy Kitchens Department.  I started an apprenticeship as an Engineer Metal Turner at 16 and joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union at the same time.  I was called up for National Service at 18 and served in the Royal Artillery as a Radar Operator for 2 years in Germany.  I served 5 years with the local territorial army searchlight battery.  After demobilisation I returned to Harland to complete my apprenticeship and was elected AEU Shop Steward representing the machine shop.  I was elected Chairman of the AEU Alloa Branch and became a lifelong member of the Labour Party.  I met and married Jeanette Lyon and had a family of 4 sons.  We recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.  I left Harland and took up employment with Alloa Glass in the engineering department and was elected Shop Steward for the department.  I was made redundant and took up employment with Weir Pumps Ltd (Alloa).  I was elected to the Board of Clackmannan Cooperative and was elected as a full-time officer of the AEU and serviced for 20 years in that role until I retired at 65 and was elected as Labour Party Councillor for Clackmannan and served 2 terms.  I became a founder member of the CDT.  I bowl indoors (Leisure Bowl) twice a week and I enjoy gardening and going on holiday.  I attend my union branch every month and I support my Labour Party branch. I am now in my 89th year.

Lesley Gilroy, Trustee

I have lived and worked in Clackmannan all of my life. I live with my hubby David, I have two grown up sons.  I have been involved with the community since having my family and joined the Development Trust in 2018. I have watched the town grow as a result of the Trust and I am glad to be a part of this and I’m looking forward to being involved in the future growth.  I enjoy reading, travelling and days out with the girls.

Pete Goodsir, Trustee

I was born and raised in Edinburgh but have lived locally for the past 20 years.  I moved to Clackmannan 4 years ago where I live with my wife and daughter. I am a self employed Engineer.

I am heavily involved in playing and promoting traditional music.  I have always had an interest in the local community and decided to join the trust when the Bunkhouse Project was mentioned.

Jimmy Turnbull, Trustee

I live in Kennet and have been on the Community Council as Treasurer and joined CDT  mainly to promote responsible access to the Countryside and on our Farm in particular in partnership with Clacks Council and Forestry Commission. I have also wanted to see a sit in café with toilets for locals and visitors to make Clackmannan a better place to live in and visit for people of all ages . I enjoy winter sports and watersports .

Lesley Shaw, Community Development Officer

I have been with the Development Trust for 4 years now, after the Trust was orginally awarded funding to appoint a Development Officer in July 2016. In March 2020, the Trust secured a further 3 years of funding from the Big Lottery.

My current role as Development Manager is to support the Development Trust, leading on key development projects such as; Caring and Connected work, Active Travel and our exciting Bunkhouse Enterprise project. I continue to support our other working groups; hertiage, butterfly garden and events. I work to promoting partnership working, local democracy and active citizenship.

In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton, kayaking and travelling.