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How the charity is managed


The Development Trust is a Scottish charity (registered with OSCR SC044657) and a company limited by guarantee. It is managed by a board of trustees, all of whom are volunteers, who meet four times a year usually in August, November, February, and May.

Meeting dates for this year are
  • 8 February 2018
  • 24 May 2018
  • 23 August 2018
  • 8 November 2018
Meeting dates for 2019 are
  • 7 February 2019
  • 23 May 2019

We work on an ongoing basis in close partnership with Edinburgh College, and the Edinburgh College Students Association. We also work on occasion in partnership with various trusts and foundations, and with companies, all of whom support the aims of the trust in supporting the brighter futures of students at Edinburgh College, as well as the advancement of education generally.

The Development Trust trustees are:

​​​​​​​Dr. Allan Colquoun, chair: Allan is University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager at Leonardo. He is involved in many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives from primary school through to college, university and professional institutes. 
Jamie Andrew, trustee: Jamie is a Scottish mountaineer and a quadruple amputee. He is an author, speaker, experienced charity fundraiser and campaigner for equality and disability rights.
​​Kate Darrah, trustee:
Kate Darrah is the founder and MD of The Ridge in Dunbar, a training social enterprise helping people overcome barriers to fulfilling their potential. She is also MD of The Ridge Foundations, a construction training company.  Previously she worked for East Lothian Inclusion Service. She is a member of Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership Committee.
​​Colin Flinn, trustee:
Colin Flinn is Chief Executive of Royal Caledonian Education Trust, which supports the educational and wellbeing needs of the children of Scots who are serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces. Prior to this, he was the Head of Fundraising for Poppyscotland, and previously he held senior roles with NCH Scotland and Barnardos
Fiona Gray, trustee:
Fiona Gray has worked for John Lewis Partnership for 25+ years with a wide range of experience in commercial operations and human resources, latterly as HR Business Partner to a national function supporting two directorates. Volunteering roles have included work with Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust. 
Ann Landels, trustee: Ann is director of charity Crisis Skylight Edinburgh where she established the charity’s outreach services which deliver education, training and one-to-one support to homeless people in Edinburgh. Prior to this, she worked in local government in where latterly she was head of service for culture and learning at Aberdeen City Council. She is a member of the Edinburgh College board of management.
Lt Col Douglas Mackay, trustee: Douglas is Commander of the Edinburgh Garrison for the Army.  He has seen a broad range of military service across the world including three operational tours in the Balkans, three in Afghanistan, and he worked at NATO headquarters in his last role.
Eluned McHardy, trustee:
Eluned McHardy is a qualified lawyer who has practiced in multi-national and local Edinburgh law firms. She is an experienced senior lecturer having worked for over 11 years in Further and Higher Education in Glasgow. She also worked in the third sector in a management role for Crisis Skylight Edinburgh.
​​Ian Young, trustee: Ian is the current Edinburgh College board vice-chair with considerable senior public service experience, together with ongoing working knowledge of a number of organisations with charitable status. 


Development Trust Patron

​​Richard DemarcoPatron: Our patron is Professor Richard Demarco CBE, artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts. He has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation, as well as co-founder of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.  He is an artist-teacher of European Cultural Studies on primary, secondary and tertiary levels in innumerable schools, colleges and universities worldwide.

The Edinburgh College Development Trust employs a Development Trust Manager, Sheena Stone.  The Company Secretary is Sarah-Louise O’Hare.

More information is contained within our Articles of Association and our Annual Accounts 2016-17


Edinburgh College Development Trust is a Scottish Charity, No. SC044657.  Company No. SC469307.


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