The Community Development Alliance Scotland is a Scottish Charity whose work is overseen by a Management Group and organised by a co-ordinator.  If you are interested in the work of the management group then please contact CDAS for further information.

Colette McGarva - Co-ordinator

“I am delighted to be co-ordinating CDAS and very much looking forward to getting to know our members and your organisations. I am reminded of the literal definition and core values and principles of an effective “Alliance”. From the French word ally/ allegiance meaning solidarity, coalition, joining of forces, unity and collaboration;  I will endeavour to support you, your organisation, teams and clients in order to strengthen our alliance and support the progression and enhancement of community development policy and practice in Scotland, Europe and beyond.”

“I believe it is crucial to value our existing membership organisations and to build upon examples of good practice in order to learn, share and become stronger together.”

Colette brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in community development and regeneration, nationally and Internationally, to CDAS and has worked for the past 20 years on community development policy and practice in Dumfries and Galloway, Africa, North America and Ayrshire. For the past six years, she has been a Board member and Regional Director for Europe for the International Association for Community Development and the Chair of the Membership, Communications and Marketing Committee for IACD. As the chair of the World Community Development Conference Advisory Group 2019, she co-ordinated our national partners in preparation for this years’ IACD conference.

David Allan - Chair

David has a background in community learning and development and has served as Head of Programme within Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) with particular responsibility for community engagement, community capacity building. In April 2015 he took up position as Deputy Director for SCDC.

Fiona Ballantyne

Fiona is a women's community development worker for the Scottish Refugee Council. She is a member of the Scottish Community Development Network, a member led organisation, for community workers , from the community, voluntary or public sectors, who support the principles and practice of community development.

Fiona Garven

Fiona is the current Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre. Fiona’s main areas of focus are community engagement, building community capacity and community-led approaches to health. Fiona has many years experience of implementing community development approaches across several sectors. Fiona is an advisor to CHEX.

Bill Gray

Stuart Hashagan

Stuart has worked in community development in Scotland since the mid 1970s - as a community planner in an early regeneration project, as a student unit organiser in a community work student unit, and as director of Community Development Foundation in Scotland 1989-2009.  He is the chair of the European Community Development Network.

Jewels Lang

Jewels is the current Community Development Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council. The Scottish Refugee Council works with refugees and asylum seekers across Scotland to offer direct advice services to people seeking asylum and refugees as well as conducting detailed policy work, which aims to influence policy makers in both Scotland and the UK and bring the issues that matter to those seeking refuge in Scotland to the fore.

Tanveer Parnez

Tanveer is currently the Director of national development and policy development at BEMIS - Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland. She leads a team responsible for community planning, engagement, networking, capacity development, funding, EU projects and organising conferences and research all to empower the diverse Ethnic Minority third sector.

Colin Ross

Colin is the Policy and Practice Development Officer at CLD Standards Council. Colin works with the Executive and others to develop the Standards Council’s input to relevant policy issues; currently including the proposal to establish a new Education Workforce Council. Colin also works on projects to support practice development, for example the new edition of the CLD Reader and the Code of Ethics professional learning materials. He has been in the CLD field since 1979, initially as a community development worker in Glasgow and latterly in a variety of national roles.