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About Us

Our Trust was established in 2017 following a community-wide consultation that highlighted a desire from local people for a grass-roots approach towards making our community a better place to live, work and play.


We facilitate social, economic and environmental growth on the Easter Ross Peninsula, which includes: Tain, Hill of Fearn, Inver, Portmahomack, Kilmuir and Logie Easter, Milton, Nigg and the Seaboard villages of Hilton, Balintore, and Shandwick.

Our Timeline

Community consultation in November 2017- led to the formation of the Trust


Introduction of Community Markets in May 2018

In December 2018, we celebrated our first Community Awards

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In May 2019, we opened up the Tain Community Enterprise Hub

By September 2019, we had 4 employees working for the Trust

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In February 2020, we introduced training opportunities for our community

In March 2020, we became a COVID-19 Crisis Centre


By April 2020, we engaged with 95 volunteers to help support our community

Our Board

Sarah Mackenzie


Business & Training

Carrie Affrin


Voice Over Artist & Singer

Fin Macrae


Graphic Designer & The Arts

Sharon Robertson


Sales & Youth Work

Lachlan Stewart


Architect & Heritage

Duncan MacDonald


Architect & Business

Jason Ubych


Local Historian & Tourism

“It is an honour to head up the Tain and District Development trust team. The board is made up of local people - who have a passion for community development and a diverse set of skills, knowledge and experience. Together we are fully committed to seeing the vision of our community members through and are excited to see all of the hard work come to fruition in the future.”

Sarah Mackenzie

Say Hello to Our Team

Our team are tasked with implementing the strategic vision of the Board and managing the day to day work of the Trust which includes: Managing community projects, cultivating support for local businesses, engaging with our community and raising funds.


Hub Manager

With a range of diverse experience across management, customer service and administration, Nickey brings a burst of energy to the team alongside excellent communication and leadership skills. Born and bred in Tain, she brings extensive local knowledge and is eager to help the community and the wider District thrive.


Marketing Officer

With a solid background in marketing and communications, working across multiple sectors including education, creative industries and engineering. Rachel is passionate about people and the written word. Growing up in a small village she understands the importance of a strong community.


Community Fund Manager

With a degree in Finance & Entrepreneurship from the University of Strathclyde, achieving a 1st Class award for her dissertation on Development Trusts and experience in supply chain at GSK, Irvine and London, book-keeping and business planning at Mackay & Co, Golspie and some work experience at the Helmsdale & District Development Trust.


Business Administrator

Personable and detail-oriented, Caitlin is responsible for carrying out daily administrative duties. Her work also includes taking the lead on the Community Markets.


Community Liason Officer

With a HNC in Business Studies, Dave is has worked for various local businesses & has volunteered with several local community groups including a fund raiser for CLIC Sargent Scotland [which supports children with cancer].

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Contact Us

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