Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway appoint new Chief Executive Officer

Norma Austin Hart has taken up her new job as the Chief Executive of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway. Norma was until recently the director of Austin Hart Project Management, her own consultancy and training business. She was a councillor in the City of Edinburgh Council for ten years, until 2017, where she had responsibility for culture and sports services.

Norma 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.

Announcing Norma’s appointment, Sue Irving, Chair of the board of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway said today: ‘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. 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 Austin Hart 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 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.’