Ruth Maltman will make history
today (Wed 14 October '15), when she becomes the first
female to lead the Trades House of Glasgow as its Deacon Convener
since the historic organisation was established in 1605. Ruth, a
civil servant, holds the role until October 2016 along with that of
Third Citizen of Glasgow.
Dr Alistair Dorward takes up the post as Collector, which will see
him serve alongside Ruth on the Platform. This is the executive
committee of volunteers who deal with the day to day running of the
Trades House, along with Chief Executive and Clerk, John Gilchrist,
and the administration team.
Commenting on her historic appointment, Ruth said: "We're used to
seeing many 'firsts' for women these days - opportunities are
different from those that were open to our mothers and
grandmothers. I feel really honoured to be leading Trades House, an
historic organisation with such vibrancy and so many facets, and
which continues to contribute so much to the welfare and
development of our City of Glasgow and its people. No organisation
lasts 410 years without adapting to the times, and that's precisely
what we've been busy doing thanks to sustained input from our
members and our staff.
"As well as continuing to encourage local enterprise, promote
traditional craft skills and uphold our many historic traditions,
our various benevolent activities thrive. Only yesterday we
successfully launched our new Kinship Care Initiative to support
and develop children in kinship care. Our aim is to help these
youngsters, who have often lived through difficult and stressful
experiences, to develop into confident and capable adults. This is
just one of our many initiatives and ongoing charitable
undertakings in the City. I am very proud to represent the House in
the year ahead."
Ruth's election was the result of a voting process, also a first
for this historic organisation, which is now a registered charity
widely viewed as a centre of excellence in the administration of
trusts and legacies in excess of £18 million. Through their
benevolent work, the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts
also award more than £650,000 in grants each year to deserving
causes and vulnerable individuals throughout Glasgow.
As Collector for the coming year, Alistair will support the Deacon
Convener and oversee the finances of the House. This will include
the investments that ultimately provide funds for its charitable
"While Ruth was nominated in the election process for her
expertise and knowledge and not because she was a woman, this
remains a truly historic occasion for the Trades House," said Chief
Executive, John Gilchrist. "It reflects an ongoing period of
transition for an organisation that benefits from great heritage
while being very progressive. We would like to congratulate both
Ruth and Alistair on their elections today and wish them well in
the year ahead."