This week I am pleased to be welcoming Derek Young, as our new Director to lead the Community Transport Association’s work in Scotland, and I am sure you are all going to enjoy working alongside him.
Derek’s previous positions have seen him leading Policy work within the British Red Cross and Age Scotland. He is also a Policy Committee member of SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) and brings a strong record of success of raising the profile of isolation and loneliness across Scotland.
Although he only started his position with us on Monday, Derek has already written an article for the next issue of Together, our quarterly membership journal, which will be sent out to members across the UK on 9th March.
In the meantime, here is an extract from the article about why CT matters to him:
“I live in the village of Kirkliston, to the west of Edinburgh, with my wife and two young daughters. It is a community which is poorly served by scheduled commercial services and the local library has a vital library link service, so the relevance of CT is something I can see on my doorstep. The services I have seen are truly inspirational for the difference they make to people’s lives. They go out in all weathers and in early mornings to ensure that the people who rely on community transport can access the services they need; and that they have a friendly and familiar face when that’s really needed. I look forward to meeting and working with you all”.
I’m sure you will all join with me in welcoming Derek to CTA.