Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust

Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust

Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust (CERT) is a new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, formed in July 2020 with the charitable purposes, within Clackmannanshire, of:

  • the prevention or relief of poverty
  • the advancement of citizenship or community development
  • the relief of those in need for reasons of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

CERT will focus it’s activities in the first years on the support of young people to increase their participation in education, training and the labour market.

In Sept 2020 the claimant count in Clackmannanshire for the 16-24 group was 13.2% compared to 9.5% in Scotland as a whole. With a lower participation for 16-19 year olds, lower job density and poorer literacy and numeracy levels compared to Scotland as a whole, Clackmannanshire faces many challenges. These have been further exacerbated by Covid.

Active Projects

The Trustees are now reviewing their programme of work to reflect the new post Covid World. Watch this space for more information on projects and initiatives as they emerge. So far, active projects are:

PhD research project into Employability engagement and support provision and the labour market transitions of young people.

Pre Employability in Clackmannanshire (PEC) is a major new project In its operation, CERT has established an appropriate privacy policy which can be found here.

The Board of Trustees are:

Jean Hamilton, Chair. Jean is an economist who was brought up in Alloa. She is currently Chair of Ceteris – the enterprise trust for Clackmannanshire providing business advice and commercial and industrial premises to small companies. She is a management consultant specialising in local economic development and regeneration and over her 30 years experience she has worked in a breadth of areas including having responsibility for Skills Investment in Scottish Enterprise.

Linda Ellison, Trustee. Linda is an experienced accountant who worked with Scottish Enterprise for 30 years, holding the role of Finance Director and member of the senior executive teams in the Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and Forth Valley local enterprise companies.   She was part of the Task Team that established Skills Development Scotland and was appointed Director of Corporate Services with the new Skills Agency.   She also held the post of Director of Finance and Corporate Services with Historic Scotland, and most recently was a member of the senior executive team of the Scottish Qualifications Authority holding the post of Director of Finance and Audit.  

Professor Richard Simpson OBE, FRCGP, FRCPsych, DPM, DipSHEB, Trustee. Richard is currently Honorary Professor Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport University of Stirling.  Attached to the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Professionals Research Unit.  He is also an Honorary visiting Professor School of Medicine University of St Andrews.  He was previously a Member of the Scottish Parliament (1999-2003 Ochil and 2007-2016), Deputy Minister of Justice 2001-2, shadow public health Minister 2007-2016. He is a retired GP and Consultant psychiatrist 

Stephanie Fyvie, Trustee. Stephanie is currently project manager of Volunteering Matters who operate a befriending service for young people in Clackmannanshire.


CERT c/o CTSI, Connect Centre, Burgh Mews, Alloa, FK10 1HS 07795 346 769

SCIO Registered charity number SC050327