MEET THE BOARD

Each member Community Council nominates a Community Councillor to serve as a Trustee on the Board of GDT and additionally there can be up to five independent Trustees. Current Members are the following Community Councils: Balmaclellan • Balmaghie • Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham • Crossmichael & District • Dalry • Royal Burgh of New Galloway & Kells Parish • Parton


Find out more about our current Board of Trustees below.

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FIONA SMITH

Chair, Independent

Fiona is an independent Trustee, joining the Trust in 2018 as Chair. A farmer’s daughter brought up near Crocketford, Fiona has been a regular visitor to the Glenkens for over forty years and resident in Balmaclellan for over 12 years. Fiona is a solicitor by training, working in large corporations at senior level. She is currently a non-executive director at Manchester Building Society.  Fiona's key focus for GDT is ensure that community benefit monies make a real difference in both the short and long term to the people who live and work in the area.  In her spare time she enjoys travel to remote places (when allowed) and all aspects of the arts.

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MATTHEW SHEDDEN

Trustee, Independent

Matthew joined as an independent Trustee in 2021, having grown up on the family farm near Crossmichael. Matthew is now based in Edinburgh but remains a frequent visitor to the area. He retains a shared desire for prosperity in the Glenkens and feels the distance helps him bring some objectivity to his role. Matthew is a data scientist working in investment management and is excited to support projects that facilitate a connected community and additional youth opportunities. In his spare time he enjoys helping on the farm and hiking.

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DENISE MACDONALD-KIERNAN

Trustee, Balmaclellan

Denise has lived in the Glenkens for 7 years and has been the Trustee for Balmaclellan since 2019. Denise has over 23 years' development experience in policy and practice, with a particular focus on work in social care and education concerning children and young people, and equality issues.  Denise loves seeing the projects that come into the Fund and how, in many diverse ways, this money contributes to positive changes for a wide range of people in the area. She supports and works in various animal and environmental initiatives and science groups.

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DES HADNETT

Trustee, Balmaghie

Des has lived in Laurieston for 20 years plus and has been a Trustee for the Glenkens District Trust since its beginning.  Des has some 35 years’ management experience in the Armed Forces specializing in logistics and change management.  On retirement in 2003 Des became Secretary of Balmaghie Community Council; this background has given him a practical insight into the needs of the community and through the Trust he can help to develop the Trust’s aims for the benefit of the community into the future.  In his leisure time Des enjoys reading and walking.

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WILLIE DICKSON

Trustee, Corsock & KPD

Willie has lived in Galloway since 1986. Willie's career took him around the world, first as an Investment Surveyor in Asia and later working with a Scotland based NGO working in Africa and Asia. Willie returned to Galloway to farm, taking over from his cousin. Willie has wide interests in sport, gardening, reading and some work in the voluntary sector. Willie was a founder member of GDT; helped establish the Kirkpatrick Durham Recreation Association and is a patron of the Castle Douglas Army Cadet Force.


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PROFESSOR RICHARD MIDDLETON

Trustee, Crossmichael & District

Richard has lived near Crossmichael since 2011 and has been a Trustee since 2016. Before retirement, he was an academic specialising in music. Richard retains a keen interest in the arts and education, but in his work with the Trust he is also keen to pursue broader issues to do with local economic and cultural regeneration. He helps to run a small farm, managed on agro-ecological principles; chairs Crossmichael & District Community Council; and is a Director of Glenkens Community and Arts Trust.

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ANDREW MELLOR

Trustee - Dalry

Andrew lives in Dalry and became a Trustee in 2020. He moved to the Glenkens in 1973 as the Geography teacher at Dalry School. After 25 years there he spent 10 years at Edinburgh University where he led the government-funded response to bullying in Scottish schools. Since retiring in 2009 he has been an active member of the community and has used his knowledge of education and child welfare as a member of the Children’s Panel. He enjoys walking, attempting to sing tenor in local choirs and touring Galloway in his vintage Morgan three-wheeler.

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GRAHAM WALKER

Trustee, Dunscore

Coming soon....

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JOHN MCGAW

Trustee, New Galloway & Kells

John has lived in the Glenkens all his life. He has been a local postman for over 34 years and is Watch Manager at New Galloway Fire Station.  He has been a Retained Firefighter for over 43 years and a member of New Galloway and Kells Community Council for around 14 years. His dedication to his community was recently recognised when he received the Judge's award at the D&G Life Awards.  He hopes to bring his commitment to his local community to his role in the Trust. In his spare time he repairs bodywork on cars and helps run the local Karate Club where he is a 3rd Dan.

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TOM MARSHALL

Trustee, Parton

Tom lives in Parton and joined as a Trustee in 2020. Tom's professional background is in science, technology development and engineering management. Tom moved to Parton in 2018 after deciding to change his lifestyle in response to the climate emergency. Tom volunteered to become a Trustee because he wanted to help out in the community where he has chosen to live. Tom likes animals, nature and outdoor activities, particularly cycling.