Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust held its inaugural meeting on 9 November, 2008 and is owned and managed by the community of Colintraive and Glendaruel.

The Trust is established as a Company Limited by Guarantee (SC350010) and is registered as a Charity (SC040002)

The Trust’s Governing Document, the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company, can be viewed here

Main activities are summarised as follows –

  • Regeneration of the Col-Glen community
  • Strategic planning and development through community consultation
  • Local project delivery
  • Partnership working with public sector and other organisations
  • Capacity building and skills development

Governed by a Board of Directors, elected from and by the community, the Trust Board comprises (2013-14) Charles Dixon-Spain (Chair), Colin Boyd (Treasurer), Sandra Wilson (Secretary), Alex McNaughton, James Mcluckie and William Carlow. Director profiles can be viewed here.


Employment – Since inauguration in 2008, 7 people have been employed by CGDT in various ways; part-time; freelance; full-time; contracted, and PAYE.   Development Officer Rhona Sutherland retired at Christmas after 4 years of sterling work for CGDT.

Income – CGDT has attracted £2.2M of funding into the area; in addition, local contractors have been employed to carry out specific tasks, and local facilities and businesses have benefited from the extra business brought by CGDT’s activities.

Insulation of Community Buildings – £37.5K of the funding for the Warmer ColGlen Project helped to attract over £52K of additional funding to insulate, upgrade and improve both our Village Halls.  The lifetime carbon savings of Warmer ColGlen were estimated to be over 740 Tonnes CO2e, and 14 households saved over £6,500 between them in the first year from energy efficiency improvements.

Community engagement – CGDT provide the capacity and a framework to support the Community to take forward and fully explore Community interest projects such as the Pontoon Project, Colintraive Gateway, Glendaruel Hotel, Micro-hydro schemes, River Ruel study, Are We Ready? Colintraive path/ bridge project.  A great deal of ground work has been carried out and support has been provided to other local Community Organisations in terms of funding applications and governance.

Stronafian Community Forest – The purchase in 2013 of the Community Forest is helping to build a more resilient future and fulfill many of the community’s aspirations.

Permanent residents of the Colintraive and Glendaruel communities are welcome to join as full voting members of the Trust and non-residents with an interest in the Trust’s activity, are welcome to join as associate members.   Membership is only £1.00 annually for both categories. Join up here.

As a Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable status we are able to take donations:

Our bank details for direct transfer are:

Acc No.: 06001424. Sort Code: 80-13-46