Govan Man becomes 3rd Citizen of Glasgow
Tom McInally has been elected Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow and 3rd citizen of Glasgow. Tom was brought up in Govan until his family was relocated due to the area’s development plans.
Tom became involved in Trades House as a member of the Incorporation of Coopers in 2006, helping to run many of its charity initiatives. The Trades House donates more than £750,000 annually to deserving causes and individuals across the West of Scotland.
Tom (pictured, right, with Collector Ken Dalgleish) said: “It is a great privilege and honour to have been elected as Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow. My work has given me first-hand experience of many of the social issues that exist in Glasgow and strengthened my resolve that Trades House should highlight where assistance is needed, particularly when supporting young people in the City.”
Mr McInally started his career as a professional apprentice with the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, and since then has been a practicing town planner in Glasgow’s public and private sectors. He helped with planning for the redevelopment of the Gorbals, Darnley, Glasgow Harbour and Central Govan (for which his work was awarded ‘The Silver Jubilee Cup’ in 2014 – the UK’s top planning award).
Tom continued: “I have gained extensive knowledge of and much pride in the work that Trades House and the 14 Incorporated Crafts carries out, which contributes to the welfare of the citizens of Glasgow and offers help and assistance where necessary.”
Ken Dalgleish becomes the Trades House of Glasgow’s Collector after also being elected to the position. Mr Dalgleish is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Aspen People Ltd, which specialises in executive recruitment.
The appointment of Mr McInally will be celebrated with the annual DC’s Dinner this evening with 165 people in attendance. Speakers will include Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, who was previously the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. Mr Murdoch MacLennan, chairman of the Press Association Group and also of the Scottish Professional Football Association will also be speaking.
Established in 1605, The Trades House and its fourteen Incorporated Crafts are today charities which support many educational initiatives with Glasgow’s schools, colleges and universities, aiming to promote education and inspire young people to develop their skills.