Scott Baird: Chair

Scott has a long history with Hockey, starting in 1976 when he played for Uddingston Hockey Club and still continues to do so.  He maintains his passion for Hockey on the International scene serving as a member of the European Hockey Federation Indoor Competitions Committee.

Scott is also a graduate of the UK Sport International Influencing programme, meaning he is well placed to advance Scottish Hockey’s influence in Europe and beyond.

Scott was appointed Chair of Scottish Hockey in February 2013.

 

 

Andrew Scoular: Director

Andrew has been involved in sports administration and development for the past 27 years and has led and implemented change in organisations such as Glasgow City Council and the Rugby Football Union.

Andrew has also played Hockey at international level more than 110 times for Scotland and has achieved the FIH (International Hockey Federation) Coaching Award as well as previously holding the post of Senior Women’s Coach.

 

Robin McLaren: Non-Executive Director

Robin has strong links with Scottish Hockey and recently led the Governance Review Short Life Working Group in 2012.

He is also the founder and Managing Director of a consultancy business advising on land policies and whose clients include Central Government Agencies, the UK Ministry of Defence and the United Nations amongst others.

Robin was previously President of Inverleith Hockey club for seven years and has varied interests including urban planning, leading volunteer groups and lion taming!

 

Angie Keith: Non-Executive Director

Angie has been involved in hockey since her school days and currently both plays and is a committee member for Aberdeen Bon Accord MBC Hockey Club.

Angie’s specialism lies in her nearly 30 years’ experience in IT and Project Management and she has worked in both the private and public sectors.  She is currently IT and Operations Manager for a law firm in Aberdeen and is leading the development of Scottish Hockey’s central CORE system, incorporating club membership and competitions.

 

Barbara Morgan: Non-Executive Director

Barbara has a strong international reputation as an official and has been a member of Kelburne Hockey Club since 1980.  She has previously served as President of the West Women’s District Committee and President of the West District Umpires Committee.

Barbara is currently graded as the highest-ranking Technical Official in Scotland by the FIH.  She has also served as judge for the Olympic qualifier in Beijing, the World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, a National Technical Official at the London Olympics, TO at Glasgow 2014 and Technical Delegate for the RABO EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam in 2017.  She serves on the Education committee (working group officials) of EHF and is an FIH Academy registered Educator for Officials.

 

Sophie Ashcroft

Sophie has built up a wealth of experience in communications and marketing, in both sport and business.  She has held previous roles with Tennis Scotland, Aegon, British Athletics and Glasgow 2014.  She is currently the Head of Media and PR for the UK Anti-Doping, the UK’s national anti-doping organisation.

Sophie owns her own business, Cluasa Communications, which provides bespoke PR and media operations for sports and events, with recent clients including the Rio Olympics, IAAF World Championships and the London Marathon.  Sophie also has a background in Scottish sport, both as a former Students Sports President and a former international hockey umpire.  Sophie is well positioned to lead the Commercial Group for Scottish Hockey and provide strategic support for our communications and marketing.

 

Paul Geoghegan

Paul is a lawyer with Morton Fraser LLP and was recently been appointed as a Partner working out of the firm’s Glasgow office.  Whilst the majority of his work involves assisting public and private sector clients with a wide range of corporate law matters, Paul is also a key member of the firm’s sports law team and he regularly provides legal advice to Scottish sports clubs and governing bodies including Scottish Gymnastics.

Paul has been involved in hockey for a number of years now, both on the playing side (he is vice-captain of Alloa Hockey Club) and in his capacity as a member of Scottish Hockey’s legal taskforce.  He has chaired a number of appeal panels for Scottish Hockey and was a member of the working group which delivered the new discipline code

 

Lynsey Wilson

Lynsey is currently head of employment law at Virgin Money in Edinburgh.  She joined Virgin Money as their senior employment lawyer in 2013 from Brodies LLP.  During her time at Brodies she had several secondment opportunities including roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and Virgin Money.

She played a leading role in establishing the Virgin Money Foundation who have a focus on making a real and sustainable difference towards the generation of deprived areas.  Lynsey will take the lead on establishing the charitable arm of Scottish Hockey, while providing valuable support on Human Resources

 

Stewart Gilmour;

Stewart is the former Managing Director of Gilmour Sports, driving Gilmour Sports to becoming one of the most respected Independent Sports Retailers in Scotland. Stewart was the Chairman of St Mirren football club for 18 years, leading a turn round of the club, returning the club to the Premier League, delivering a new Stadium, ensuring financial stability and establishing St Mirren as a club at the centre of their community. Earlier in his career Stewart has heavily involved in hockey including time as Captain of Kelburne, West District President, National Team Manager and as an International Selection Convenor. He also sits on the committee of Western Gailes Golf club.

 

Justine Westwood

Justine is currently working in a Leadership role to deliver and implement the Scottish Governments’ Health and Social Care Delivery Plan. Before this role she spent 12 years working for NHS 24 in senior roles for strategy, corporate planning and project Management. She previously worked for Britannic Asset Management in IT and E-business. A former Manager of the Scotland U16 Team, her three children are all active hockey players, with her youngest daughter currently a member of the Scottish Under 21 Programme.

 

Dr Stephen Martin MBE

Stephen Martin is a two time Olympic Medal Winner including an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the GB Hockey Team from the Seoul Olympics. Stephen represented GB at three Olympic Games and has 229 International caps. He has spent over 20 years working as a high performance sports administrator and business consultant. He has held a number of senior roles within the British Olympic Association including Deputy Chief Executive and TeamGB Deputy Chef de Mission. He currently runs his own coaching and performance business.

 

Scottish Hockey Observers

Jamie Carnegie.

Jamie Carnegie is the Director of Hockey at St Andrews’s University and is the Scottish Representative on the British Universities and Colleges Hockey Steering Group. Jamie has previous experience working for Scottish Golf in their performance department. He has helped St Andrews increase their youth coaching programme and their performance programme. Jamie has coached within our pathway in the Regional Performance Academy and was Scottish Hockey Coach of the year in 2015.  He is currently the Midland District Vice President and is an active player at an elite level, representing Grove Menzieshill domestically and at both the EHL and indoor European Competitions.

 

Karin McKenny

Karin is an experienced learning and development professional, who has worked in the private, public and third sectors.  This includes 12 years at NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).  Here she implemented and managed a large network of learning centres across the country, and developed a strategic corporate induction and learning plan, delivering and commissioning a broad range of staff training and eLearning opportunities.

In her current role at Children in Scotland she leads the learning and events service, which delivers 250 annual learning and membership events for the children’s sector workforce. As the child of a ‘hockey marriage’, it is no surprise that Karin has been involved in hockey for 30 years, as a player, captain, coach, umpire and fundraiser. She is a former winner of the Scottish Hockey Volunteer of the year award.