New chairman for leisure and culture trust

Photograph Jamie Forbes 17.1.14 BISHOPBRIGGS Leisuredrome. New leisure and culture trust head Scott Hill.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 17.1.14 BISHOPBRIGGS Leisuredrome. New leisure and culture trust head Scott Hill.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust has a new man at the helm.

Scott Hill has taken over as chairman from Councillor Stewart MacDonald, following the recent board AGM.

Mr Hill (pictured) is the first independent (non-elected member) chairman of the trust board, which is an arms-length external organisation - supported and funded by East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC).

He worked for nearly 40 years in local government and has a wealth of experience in leisure, libraries and cultural services.

Mr Hill, who is married and lives in Bearsden, is committed to helping the trust build on the outstanding successes achieved since its inception in April 2013, in partnership with EDC.

He said: “There are some major challenges ahead, but I look forward to helping to lead the trust and maintaining the positive momentum developed by my predecessors, in conjunction with EDC.

“It’s obviously a great honour to be the first independent chairman. My parents lived in East Dunbartonshire, as do members of my immediate family, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to my local community.”

Mr Hill was appointed as an independent director in January 2011, and had been vice-chairman since April 2011, serving under two chairmen.

He is also a trustee of Quarriers and was appointed chairman of the 2014 Ryder Cup Fundraising Appeal. He is a keen golfer and a member of Glasgow Golf Club’s managing council.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development, said: “I would like to officially welcome the new chairman of EDLC Trust and look forward to working with him to maintain the positive momentum and good work achieved since the Trust was established.

“The partnership between the Trust and Council has been a success story and we are keen that continues this year and into the future as we work together to deliver first-class leisure and cultural services and facilities.”

As part of the ongoing improvements and partnership arrangements with the council, Bishopbriggs Leisuredome has just had a £70,000 face-lift, with a new reception area created to improve customer access and service.