Jane Wood has stepped down as Chair of Dunbar Community Bakery after successfully leading the creation of this unique enterprise on Dunbar High Street.
The Management Committee of Scotland’s first community-owned bakery will shortly appoint a new chair to lead the business towards sustained profitability and develop its social goals.
Treasurer Allen Simpson has taken over as Acting Chairman of the Management Committee until a new Chair is appointed.
Jane Wood said:
“Opening The Bakery was the result of a combined effort by the entire committee. It is a real community venture. While much has been achieved, this has simply been the first phase in the history of The Bakery. We now need to look for the consolidation and future growth of the business.”
“The Bakery will have my continued support as I watch it develop. Chairing the committee has been a privilege. I am first and foremost a supporter of community-led regeneration.”
Ms Wood is Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community, a charity of Prince Charles that challenges the private sector to improve its impacts on the economy, the environment and society.
She is also an advisor to the Scottish Government on town centre regeneration.
Allen Simpson, the Acting Chairman of Dunbar Community Bakery, paid tribute to Ms Wood’s pivotal role in getting the enterprise off the ground. He said:
“Jane kept a steady hand on the tiller as she steered the project safely through all the difficulties of the set-up phase. She used her many contacts in government and business to persuade funders to support us. She was also a tireless advocate for our cause with East Lothian Council and the Scottish Government. We are extremely grateful for everything she has done and we shall miss her.”
Ms Wood lives in Dunbar. She was invited to chair the Management Committee of Dunbar Community Bakery in September 2009, shortly after the project was launched. She served in the post for more than three years.
Secretary of the Management Committee
October 25th 2012