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New chief for Third Sector; WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE' Former tourist board leader appointed.

Byline: Lorna Thomson

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Norma Austin Hart, who until recently was the director of her own consultancy and training business, has taken up the post.

She was born and brought up in Dumfries and is a former chief executive of the region's tourist board.

Norma moved to Edinburgh more than a decade ago and was elected to the city council on a Labour ticket.

She served on the City of Edinburgh Council for 10 years and had responsibility for culture and sports services.

She was lead councillor on the introduction of the Living Wage and helped to secure Living Wage Employer status for the City of Edinburgh Council, one of the first local authorities in Scotland to achieve this award.

Sue Irving, chairman of the board of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, said: "I am delighted that Norma is joining us at TSD&G. "I believe she is ideally qualified to continue the work of the Third Sector Interface here in south west Scotland, to take us forward into the next phase of our development.

"Norma has a wealth of experience in a number of key areas. She is passionate about the role of the third sector in meeting the needs of local communities."

Sue added: "She understands the area, its structures and people and combines these with an excellent track record of professional leadership and project delivery.

"Her previous work in Dumfries and Galloway, and Edinburgh, means that she is experienced at managing complex stakeholder engagement - one of our priorities going forward."

Norma said: "The Third Sector has never been more important and the need for a representative organisation that works across all parts of the region is paramount.

"I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to build on the work to establish Third Sector New role Norma Austin Hart Dumfries and Galloway and I am looking forward to meeting and listening to the volunteers and organisations that are the bedrock of all we do."

Norma can be contacted on 0300 303 8558 or

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 6, 2018
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