David Allan (continued)  

David has a background in community learning and development and spent 10 years in Community Development with Strathclyde Regional Social Work Department in Lanarkshire and Glasgow. After leaving the Region he was involved in establishing and developing Community Health Projects firstly in Possilpark in Glasgow and latterly in Inverclyde over a period of 7 years, focusing particularly in developing community development approaches to tackling health inequalities at a local level. During this time he became a trainer with the Health Issues in the Community (HIIC) initiative which continued through into his role as Training Development Manager with CHEX which he joined in 2001 and where he had responsibility for taking HIIC forward across Scotland. His other responsibilities within CHEX focused on meeting the training needs of Community Health Initiatives and community health practitioners, producing materials and providing opportunities for people to develop their learning and practice in the area of community development and health. In relation to this area he took the lead in writing and developing the local training handbook "Getting our Act Together ... in Community Development & Health", CDF Publications, 2005. From 2009 to 2015 David served as Head of Programme within SCDC with particular responsibility for community engagement, community capacity building and the training/consultancy function of SCDC. In this time he was responsible for managing and delivering a large variety of programmes/contracts including ACE (Achieving Community Empowerment), the Better Community Engagement Programme, LEAP/VOiCE training, and the Supporting Communities to Tackle Sectarianism (SCoTTS) programme. In April 2015 he took up position as Deputy Director for SCDC.