DTA Scotland – Press Release

Development Trusts Association Scotland appoints new Chief Executive

Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), the national community-led regeneration network is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Louisa Macdonell.

Louisa brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, joining DTAS from Scottish Enterprise where she recently returned to after secondment to the UK Government as Head of Economic Development at the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland. Prior to working in the public sector, Louisa set up and ran several businesses, and has been a business mentor to the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business since 2014. She is also Entrepreneur in Residence at Edinburgh University Business School

Commenting on her new role Louisa said:

“I am delighted to be joining DTAS. With its great reputation for supporting community-led change at the grassroot level, DTAS and its members are at the forefront of local regeneration and place-making activity.

I know that it is the people within our communities who are our biggest assets and that development trusts are crucial to delivering sustainable, place-based change through community enterprise. I very much look forward to getting started, working with the terrific DTAS team and meeting and supporting our members.”

Louisa will take over in May from current Director Ian Cooke, who has been at the helm of DTAS since 2009.


For further information please contact Catherine McWilliam, 0131 220 2456 or catherine@dtascot.org.uk

About DTA Scotland

Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) is national member organisation for the Development Trust movement in Scotland. Active across city, town, rural and island locations, DTAS has over 300 members and exists to: support and strengthen established development trusts and; promote and represent the interests of development trusts and; encourage the growth of new development trusts.

For further information and contact details, please see www.dtascot.org.uk / @DTAScot

DTA Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No. SC034231.