The Scottish Men’s Shed Association (SMSA) is today announcing a number of changes to its Board of Trustees.
Chairman Derek Keiller has stepped down after four years on the Board – two as Chairman – and has handed over the reins to David Gardner, Vice-Chairman of the Garnock Valley Men’s Shed.
Derek, a member and former-Chairman of Carse of Gowrie & District Men’s Shed, said: “I am stepping down from my role as Chairman to concentrate on my advertising business and have more time with family and friends and my local Shed. I have enjoyed my time on the Board immensely, learnt so much and made friends for life. I am delighted that David is taking over the role and am confident that he will make a huge impact. I wish the staff and Board continued success with the SMSA, a charity that is crucial for men’s health and wellbeing throughout Scotland.”
David Gardner joined the SMSA Board in July 2018 and took on the role of Secretary in July 2019. David becomes the new Chairman with immediate effect. David said: “I wish to personally thank Derek and recognise his valuable input and leadership over the years and more recently through the Covid-19 crisis to navigate unprecedented challenges and adapt to new ways to support Sheds.
“All of our Trustees are Shedders, first and foremost, and understand the importance and impact of Men’s Sheds. Post Covid-19, there is going to be an upturn in the demand for our services and I am honoured to take on this active role, regionally and nationally, to continue to support the SMSA team to grow the Scottish Men’s Sheds Movement.”
Further changes to the Board include Trustee Professor Chris Oliver taking over the role of Secretary and Charlie Miller (Secretary of Glasgow Area Men’s Sheds) has also stepped down as Treasurer – after six years in the role – with Jon Searle (Chairman of Wee County Men’s Shed) taking over the position.
New Secretary, Prof Chris Oliver from St Andrews Men’s Shed, who joined the Board this year said: “During the last few months the Association has, in some way, focused on crisis management – making difficult decisions about service delivery, finances, funding, staffing and our Shedders’ safety. We have all adapted to the challenge of meeting virtually to stay connected during this time and the post pandemic era will bring a whole new way of thinking for the Board. Now as lockdown eases, the SMSA Trustees face new challenges and opportunities – especially around the safe reopening of Sheds in Scotland. SMSA is following Scottish Government guidance and a publication in regard to the reopening of Men’s Sheds will follow shortly.”
The role of the Board – now consisting of six members – is to develop strategies that ensure the charity is effective, robust and financially capable of supporting its members and growing the Movement. The recent changes and appointments offer a significant refresh of the Board and to further strengthen the team, the Association is on the lookout for a new Trustee to represent the Highlands and Islands region to ensure Scotland-wide representation and contribute to ambitious growth and development plans. If you are in this region and are passionate about Men’s Sheds, the SMSA would love to hear from you and what you could bring to this key role.