Conference 2019: “Development Trusts - People…..Place…..Progress!”

The DTA Scotland Annual Conference & AGM took place on Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd September 2019 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.

Please see below list of Plenary and Workshop/Seminar presentations. 

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Fringe Meeting 1 - Building Good Leadership, Pat Armstrong, ACOSVO

Fringe Meeting 2 - Scottish Land Commission, Gemma Campbell, Scottish Land Commission


Opening Plenary: Building Partnerships with Local Authorities, Robin Tuddenha, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council

1. An Introduction to Asset Management, Lynn Molleson & David Henderson, COSS with Hannah McSween, Muir of Ord Hall & Facilities Compan

2. Using Your Political Representatives, Anne McLaughlin

3. Member Story, Coigach Community Development Company, Julia Campbell

4. Member Story, Gorebridge Community Development Trust, Robbie Laird & Dawn Barclay

6. Community Shares Scotland: Dragon's Den, Morven Lyon & Toby Sandison

7. National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF): Funding Local Assets

8. Member Story, Alyth Development Trust, David Whippsly

9. Using Social Media to Campaign Successfully, Stuart Forbes & Joy Godfrey Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust

10. Masterclass: Establishing a Community Repair Hub, Sophie Unwin, Remade Network

11. Closing Plenary: Tiziana O'Hara, Development Trusts Northern Ireland & Sarah Deas, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

12. Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace (employees, directors & frontline workers), Sophie Isaacson, I-act Positive Mental Health UK

Sunday 1st September:
Arrive & Register & Check-in (if room available) from 11am onwards

12:00 - 15:30
Study Visit – Alva Development Trust (packed lunch provided)
12:15 - 15:30
Study Visit – Healthy n Happy DT (packed lunch provided)
12:30 - 14:00
Networking Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting 1 – Building Good Leadership - Pat Armstrong, ACOSVO
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting 2 – Land Reform/Community Rights - Scottish Land Commission
15:30 - 16:00
Time to check–in
16:00 - 16:45
DTAS AGM & Annual Review
16:50 - 17:45
Speed Networking (back by popular demand)
17:45 - 18:45
18:45 - 19:30
Drinks Reception Sponsored by: : Auchinleck Community Development Initiative & Carluke Development Trust
19:30 till late
Conference Dinner Sponsored by: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Monday 2nd September:

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
09:30 - 09:35
Conference Opening Remarks: Sandy Brunton, Chair, DTAS
09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary: Building Partnerships with Local Authorities:

  • Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council
  • Councillor Alison Evison, President of COSLA
  • Claire McPherson, Deputy Director of Public Service Reform & Public Bodies Division, Scottish Government
11:00 - 11:40
Marketplace & Networking (Tea/Coffee)
11:45 - 12:45
Seminars - Part 1 (see below for details)
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
13:55 - 14:55
Seminars - Part 2 (see below for details)
15:00 - 16:00

Closing Plenary OR Seminar – Part 3(see below for details)

Closing Plenary: Building Local Economies:

  • Tiziana O’Hara, Co-ordinator, Development Trusts Northern Ireland
  • Sarah Deas, Global Council, Wellbeing Economy Alliance


Seminar 12: Positive Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace:

  • Sophie Isaacson, I-act Positive Mental Health UK

Conference Sponsors:


Our Partner DTA Scotland Services

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is funded by the Scottish Government to support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings.

Community Shares Scotland is a national organisation that exists to raise awareness of the community shares model and support communities who wish to raise money this way.

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