Friday 8 February 2008
sportscotland is pleased to announce that Ian Beattie has accepted the role of Vice-Chair of the organisation.
In his role as Vice-Chair, Ian will take on the role of interim chair of sportscotland when Julia Bracewell OBE stands down from her current position on 15th February.
The sportscotland board has also gained additional high performance expertise with the co-opting of Louise Martin CBE, Mike Hay MBE and Sir Bill Gammell from the Scottish Institute of Sport board.
The appointments follows the Scottish Government’s announcement to merge sportscotland with the Scottish Institute of Sport into a single body, under a single board.
Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport, said:
“I would like to warmly endorse Ian Beattie’s appointment as Vice-Chair and wish him the very best of success in his role as interim Chair, driving forward the exciting changes in sportscotland’s structure and remit.
“Ian has an impressive professional background and a proven commitment to sport, and as such is well equipped to lead sportscotland during the period required to recruit a permanent replacement Chair of the new, merged organisation.
“I also welcome the co-opting of Louise Martin CBE, Mike Hay MBE and Sir Bill Gammell to the sportscotland Board. Their appointment further strengthens the expertise upon which the Board will be able to draw in the coming months and years.”
Ian Beattie has been a sportscotland Board member since February 2006, is a Chartered Accountant and Chief Operating Officer of Lindsays Solicitors. He has also held a number of positions in the financial services sector, including Finance Director of Royal Bank Private Equity Group and Head of Finance of Murray Johnstone. He was a non executive director of Scottish Athletics for four years. He has also acted as a consultant to the UK Athletics / UK Sport Modernisation programme, and was involved in the development of the Bank of Scotland Talented Young Athletes programme.
Ian is an experienced long distance runner, having completed more than 50 marathons, and is a member of Strathearn Harriers.
Commenting on his appointment Ian said: “I am delighted to be appointed as sportscotland Vice-Chair and look forward to working closely with the Board, in particular over the coming months until a new Chair is appointed by the Scottish Government.”
- Pictures are of sportscotland’s new Interim Chair are available on request.