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About Us

Tain & District Development 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 are tasked with facilitating social, economic and environmental growth within the Ward 7 area, which includes: Tain, Balintore, Edderton, Hill of Fearn, Hilton of Cadboll, Inver, Portmahomack, Kilmuir, Logie Easter, Nigg 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

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

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

In February 2020, we introduced training opportunities for our community

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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



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 Mackenizie


Say Hello to Our Team

Our team [see below] are tasked with implementing the strategic vision of the Board and manage our day to day work. Their focus is to manage community projects, cultivate support for local businesses, engage with our community and raise funds.


Business Development Manager

With a keen belief in community learning development to empower, upskill and promote self-belief in the individuals, groups and businesses she works with, Corals role is committed to business development and growth in the Tain & District area.


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 Office

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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