The sportscotland board provides strategic guidance to all areas of our work. This section lists our board members and provides a brief overview of their background.
Chair: Mel Young
Mel Young is the president and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, an organisation established to use sport as a mechanism to create change. He is a globally recognised social entrepreneur who co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland in 1993, the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) in 1995 and Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) in 1999.
Vice chair: Coral Bain
Coral Bain, vice chair of the board, brings board experience and a passion for sport to her position with sportscotland. A qualified solicitor, Coral was head of the professional practice team at the Law Society of Scotland, and is now the risk and compliance director with Anderson Strathern LLP. In her role with the Law Society she was responsible for a team of solicitors providing advice in relation to practice and ethics for the Scottish legal profession and also held responsibility for several committees. Prior to this role Coral worked in private practice with Dundas & Wilson, Maclay & Spens and Pinsent Masons, specialising in construction and engineering law and dispute resolution. A recent non-executive role as legal director of the British Association of Snowsports, and a former role as company secretary to a national governing body have provided key governance, strategy and board skills. Coral sat on the board of the Scottish Arbitration Centre with a key focus on ensuring delivery of objectives and performance measures. She is a council member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and trustee of Her Majesty’s Writers to the Signet. Coral is a mum with a young family already engaged in sports including swimming, golf and gymnastics. She is an advocate of sport as a means of developing confidence and improving health and believes that access to sport should be available to all. Beyond her family Coral’s biggest passion is skiing. She is qualified as a ski instructor and loves it when it snows.
Maureen Campbell OBE
Maureen has been involved in sport for many years as an athlete, coach and team manager. She is a former chair of Scottish Swimming and a board member of British Swimming. Maureen has been vice chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland since 2016 and was reappointed in June 2019 for a second four-year term. She is chief executive of Falkirk Community Trust and was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. Maureen brings to the Board her knowledge and experience of operating in the Scottish sporting pathway to develop outstanding athletes and coaches at all levels.
Christopher Grant works in the communications industry as a director of business optimisation for Openreach. He has previously held a number of senior roles including head of diversity and inclusion for BT Group and brings extensive HR and operational experience. He is currently on the Openreach Scotland Board and has previously held board positions within the National Equality Standard (NES) which sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria against which organisations are independently assessed. Having been a representative on the Scottish Government’s Children's Panel, he passionately believes that sport connects people and is a powerful tool for creating a more socially active and inclusive Scotland.
Scott is a qualified accountant, business consultant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). Since the early 2000s he has held senior positions in Scottish football including chief executive of Hibernian FC and director of finance and IT at the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scott has extensive financial management experience and has served on numerous audit and risk committees. In 2018 he led Project Bright, which enabled the SFA to determine the future of Hampden Park and the Scottish national teams. During his time at Hibernian he founded the Hibernian Community Foundation. A keen badminton player, golfer and spectator, Scott has a lifelong passion for sport and a deep understanding of the relationship between sport and business.
Professor Craig Mahoney BEd, MA, PhD, TTC, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FBASES, FRSA, FIoD
Professor Craig Mahoney is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Law since February 2022 and was previously Principal of the University of the West of Scotland 2013 - 2022. A dynamic public advocate of higher education, Craig has a keen interest in differentiated student-centred learning, teaching excellence, internationalisation and research informed teaching. He is an ardent supporter of the use of e-learning; technology to support teaching and open educational resources. A chartered psychologist and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, Craig is an internationally-recognised sport psychologist who has worked with elite performers across many sports at world, Olympic and Commonwealth level for more than 30 years including tennis, sailing, netball, cricket, hockey, football, squash and officiating. In recent years Craig has taken up board roles with the Quality Assurance Agency and Converge Challenge and joined the sportscotland board in 2015. He is a Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
David McDonald served as a Councillor in Glasgow for 15 years, holding a variety of senior posts, including as the Chairperson of Glasgow Life. During this time, David was involved in developing Glasgow’s Strategic Framework for sport and physical activity, focused on driving up levels of participation as well as the successful delivery of major sporting events, including the inaugural 2018 European Championships, the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships and other national and international sporting events. David also led Glasgow’s bid to be named the European Capital of Sport for 2023, championing the vision of the role that sport can play in improving physical and mental health while increasing our sense of connection and community. David brings 20 years’ experience as a politician, a charity trustee, a volunteer, a community educator and working in and with marginalised communities, to the Sports Scotland Board, assisting it to deliver its vision of an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport. David now works for Europe’s largest democracy NGO, a not-for-profit organisation who promote deliberative and participative forms of democracy. As their Scotland Director, David’s role focuses on strategy, development and providing leadership to strengthen involvement, governance and transparency in decision making.
Tejesh Mistry is an experienced Senior Leader within the Third Sector who brings a wealth of knowledge from leading national physical activity and sport related behaviour change programmes to tackle inequality. As Director of External Affairs at Venture Trust, he has been able to harness his beliefs in the healing power of the outdoors and is inspired by the stories and journeys of transformation effected by many of the people he supports. Tejesh is a great advocate for volunteering and community participation developing his experience through international youth work before utilising his skills to support other organisations as a mentor for young people, Board Trustee, community helper and fundraiser. Tejesh is proud to be part of the inaugural Impetus Leadership Academy designed to support emerging ethnic minority leaders to help shape and lead within the youth sector.
Hala Ousta is an established campaigner for equality, diversity and inclusion within sports at several levels, as Diversity & Accessibility Manager for FIFA. With a Master’s in Public Policy and a post-graduate diploma in Equality & Discrimination, her education and experience covers a wide range of roles and responsibilities related to both equality and sport development in a local, national and international context. Prior to joining FIFA, Hala led the Scottish FA’s efforts to secure the Advanced Level Equality Standard for Sport, and the establishment of its Equality & Diversity Advisory Board. She is a former Board member of 'Women in Football', and has held advisory roles as part of the 'Scottish Committee of the British Council', the 'Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board’, and is a ‘Sport Industry NextGen Leader’. She was also recently featured as one of ‘YWCA Scotland’s 30 under 30 in 2019’.
Susan Sandilands is Commissioning Executive for BBC Ideas and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked for the BBC since 2002, with previous roles as senior content producer in BBC Scotland’s digital department, and prior to that in social media management, marketing, communications and events. In her current position she is responsible for liaising with a range of external partners and suppliers to ensure creation and delivery of high quality video content for bbc.co.uk and iPlayer. Susan also sits on the sportscotland Trust Company Board in a voluntary capacity. She is a 2nd Dan black belt in Taekwondo and a former instructor in the sport, who now enjoys interval and weight training. She was also named as BBC Get Inspired’s first ‘Just for Staff’ Unsung Hero for encouraging and supporting her colleagues to incorporate activity into their working day, as she is a firm believer in the power of sport to improve wellbeing.
Katy U’ren is depute head teacher at Knightswood Secondary School in Glasgow. While head of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and at Drumchapel High School in Glasgow, where she also taught PE, she had the opportunity to lead a team of staff and volunteers through the development of sport within the school and community setting which resulted in transformational change including increased participation levels in sport. Katy has vast experience of sport development through consultation and working with Active Schools and community partners. As a UNICEF Ambassador at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, she was able to develop her global understanding of sport when teaching children to swim in Bangladesh.
Allan Watt has worked in leadership roles in public, private and third sectors based in Scotland, London and Asia Pacific. He is currently Senior Advisor to the Global Ethical Finance Initiative. When leading a global brand and communications team he was responsible for a number of major global sports sponsorships, whilst ensuring that they delivered community participation and grass roots activity. From his time as CEO of a leading youth charity, Allan has first-hand experience of the power of sport to empower young people and change their lives through participation and teamwork. Allan is still an active rower, with experience of competing at national and international events and has been a club committee member overseeing major fundraising and building projects. His four boys all play different sports from weightlifting and judo to parkour; Allan has volunteered as a mini rugby coach, but he now spends most weeknights and weekends standing on the touchline watching youth football and admiring the commitment of the volunteer coaches and parents who make it all possible.