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Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish

Author, academic, Scottish Labour Party politician and former professional football player, the Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish was the Member of Parliament for Central Fife from 1987 to 2001 and the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Fife from 1999 to 2003, during which time he also served as the second First Minister of Scotland, from 2000 to 2001.

During the last few years, he has been visiting professor and lecturer at a number of universities in the US, teaching European Union studies and UK Government and Politics. He is currently Visiting Professor of European Studies at the University of Arkansas and Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University. A regular contributor to newspapers and broadcasting, he also writes a twice monthly column for the Holyrood Magazine.

He was a member of the Broadcasting Commission and Chair of the Scottish Prisons Commission, both set up by the Scottish Government. He is Chair of the National Mining Museum of Scotland and was Chair of a major review of Scottish football commissioned by the Scottish Football Association. He has recently been appointed by the Government to lead the Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board.



Caroline Baird, MBE:  Retired international sprinter

Retired Paralympic sprinter who won five Paralympic medals of which four were gold, in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. Also won gold at the World Championships in Berlin in 1994 and Birmingham in 1998. Serves as a member of the Disability Sport Fife management group and is a past Chieftain of Cupar Highland Games.


Kim Atkinson:  Director of Policy, Scottish Sports Association

Policy Director of the Scottish Sports Association – which is the umbrellas body for the sport governing bodies – since March 2010. Previously held roles in Scottish Squash (Chief Operating Officer) and Badminton England. Has been actively involved in sports administration for many years and was Scotland’s National Team Manager for the British University Games.


Susan Egelstaff:  Retired international badminton player

Retired British Badminton player. Susan made her Scotland debut in 2000 and went on to win a total of 90 caps for her country. Competed in three Commonwealth Games, winning a team bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and taking women’s singles bronze in Melbourne, 2006. Competed for Great Britain at 2012 Summer Olympics. Has won the Scottish Women’s National Singles title six times. Susan is currently a sports journalist for The Herald and the BBC and works to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Nanette Mutrie: Chair of Physical Activity for Health, Edinburgh University

Current chair of Physical Activity for Health, Edinburgh University. Previous positions include Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde and Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Honorary Professor at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and Ulster Universities. Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.


Stephen Morrow: Senior Lecturer in Sport, Stirling University

Senior Lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling. Formerly Head of the Department of Sports Studies until summer 2011. Academic background in accountancy and finance and was a lecturer in these subjects at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1990 until 2000. Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and trained with the international firm of accountants, Ernst & Young. Recent focus on financial aspects of sport, particularly football, and is author of ‘The People’s Game? Football, finance and society’ and ‘The Business of Football: Image Management in Narrative Communication’. Has carried out work on ownership and governance models in clubs (including the role of mutuals and supporter trusts) and on corporate social responsibility in sport.


Sophy Green: CE of InstantNeighbour in Aberdeen and Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland (SENSCOT)

Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, based in Aberdeen, since 2004 and Chair of Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) since 2007. On the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland. Has held several positions in the arts management sector in a number of countries, before taking post as the Scotland director for Common Purpose in 1998.


Tommy Boyle: Athletics coach and Programme Director, Postive Coaching Scotland

Programme Director of Winning Scotland Foundation, advisor on programme strategy for Active Families pilot and was responsible for the introduction and piloting of Positive Coaching Scotland programme. Athletics coach with 40 years’ experience. Coached athletes Tom McKean, Yvonne Murray and Susan Scott to collectively achieve 23 medals at international level, including World Championship victories. Experience in managing a number of blue chip companies, including as Site Manager for Packard Bell Scotland.


Scottish Government, Sport Policy Team