Scottish Governing Bodies Leading the Way

sportscotland has recognised the achievements of the first graduates from the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport Leadership Programme at an event at Hampden Park.

The initiative, run in conjunction with Plan4Sport, is the first of its kind in the UK to offer a bespoke training programme for three levels of leaders: Chairs/President, Chief Executives and future leaders.

The programme is designed to give current and future leaders in governing bodies the skills required to effectively run their sport in a demanding and ever-changing environment. 

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland said: “sportscotland firmly believes that investing in people is critical to the development of a world-class sporting system.  “We don’t think time spent on learning is just valuable; we believe it is vital to the development of sport in this country.  Leaders provide inspiration to those who follow in their footsteps and we want the leaders in Scottish sport to be the best that they can be. “Congratulations to all of the graduates and I look forward to welcoming many more to the programme in the future.”

Twenty five leaders from 15 sports graduated from the programme including Maggie Murray, Chief Executive of Netball Scotland, a sport which has seen a projected 58% increase in members over the past four years.  Speaking about the programme Maggie said:

“We engaged the leadership programme at all levels of our organisation at Chair, CEO and National Development Officer. It was very thought provoking and forced each of us to move and act outside of our comfort zone. “Implementing the learning is up to us now - success with that will give us the future we have planned for as an excellent governing body in Scotland. “We would encourage other governing bodies to invest time and effort in this programme”.

The programme covered business critical areas such as communication skills, financial management, line management and recruitment, giving participants the confidence and competence to drive their sports forward.

Although these leaders have now graduated from the programme, they will continue to benefit from additional mentoring and support in the coming months.

Recruitment for the next intake of leaders for the programme is now underway.

Graduates of sportscotland Leadership Programme

  • Alan McMillan, Bowls Scotland, CEO
  • Bill Knox, Bowls Scotland, Chair
  • Colin Hutchison, Bowls Scotland, National Development Officer
  • Billy Bell, Horsescotland, Chief Operating Officer
  • Ronnie Young, Horsescotland, Chair
  • Dougi Bryce, Judo Scotland, CEO
  • Tony Penfold, Judo Scotland, Education & Development Manager
  • Freda Hutchison, Netball Scotland, Chair
  • Geraldine Moore, Netball Scotland, National Development Manager
  • Maggie Murray, Netball Scotland, CEO
  • Liza Linton, RYA Scotland, Development Manager
  • Nick Scott, RYA Scotland, High Performance Manager
  • Ewan MacPherson, RYA Scotland, Board Member
  • Bob Ellis, Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils, Vice-Chair
  • Mark Munro, Scottish Athletics, Head of Development
  • Andy Murray, Scottish Canoe Association, Coaching and Development Manager
  • Eddie Palmer, Scottish Canoe Association, Chair
  • Stuart Smith, Scottish Canoe Association, Chief Executive
  • Scott Baird, Scottish Hockey, Chair
  • Amanda Cobb, Scottish Rowing, CEO
  • Stewart Fowlie, Scottish Student Sport, Chief Operating Officer
  • Gary Fraser, Scottish Disability Sport, Regional Manager
  • Colin Bell, Scottish Golf Union, Scottish Golf Development Centres Project Manager
  • Jane Campbell Morrison, Snowsport Scotland, CEO
  • Jane Scott, Triathlon Scotland, Coaching & Development Officer
  • Date published: 02 March 2015
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland