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.
David Cameron is a qualified accountant and human resources practitioner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) since 1992. He is currently employed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority, a Non Departmental Public Body funded through Scottish Government. David has wide experience in financial management and public sector audit requirements from his current employment and previous employments in the local authority, and further and higher education sectors. David is also a director of the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, a charity delivering pathworks and promoting active pursuits in the outdoors, and a director of the Cairngorms Local Action Group Trust, a charity supporting community-led local development initiatives in the Cairngorms National Park and in Europe.
He enjoys watching and social participation in a range of sports and is committed to the importance of sport and facilities to support and encourage sport participation within communities.
Christopher Grant works in the telecommunications industry as a strategic business manager for Openreach. He was previously the head of diversity and inclusion for BT Group and brings extensive HR and operational experience having progressed his career across different specialisms while managing large operational teams. 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.
Professor Craig Mahoney BEd, MA, PhD, TTC, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FBASES, FRSA, FIoD
Professor Craig Mahoney has been principal and vice-chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland since 2013. Prior to this he held the role of CEO at the Higher Education Academy and was previously deputy vice-chancellor at Northumbria University in Newcastle. 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 25 years in tennis, sailing, netball, cricket, hockey, football, squash and officiating. In recent years Craig has taken up board roles with the Leadership Foundation and Glasgow City of Science and joined the sportscotland board in 2015. He is a trustee on the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland and holds convenorship roles with Universities Scotland. He is also Professor of Higher Education Strategy at the University of Huddersfield.
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 voard 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.
Susie Sandilands is a senior content producer in BBC Scotland’s Digital Department and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked at BBC Scotland since 2002, with previous roles as BBC Scotland’s social media community manager, and prior to that in marketing, communications and event management. In her current position she specialises in digital shortform creation and leads teams producing content for brands such as BBC Three and the new BBC Scotland channel introduced in 2019. She is a 2nd Dan black belt in Taekwondo and a former instructor in the sport, who now enjoys interval and weight training and swimming. In 2014 Susie was 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.
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.
George Walker is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) since 1991. He has extensive international business experience in strategy, change management and implementation of digital solutions working in global FTSE100 businesses. During his career he has also had the opportunity to live and work in Detroit, USA for 18 months. George is a runner and former member of the Shettleston Harriers Athletic Club. He enjoys most sports and provides a support network to his children’s sporting pursuits, predominantly tennis. He has an interest in how technology can be utilised to improve the sporting experience for all abilities.
Frances worked in social housing before holding senior roles in health and social policy areas at Scottish Government. She is now chair of Horizon Housing Association, which promotes inclusive living for people with disabilities, providing housing and other services across 12 local authority areas in Scotland.
Frances is a qualified fitness instructor and athletics coach and active in athletics, golf and volunteering in her local community.
Frances brings to the board her varied experiences of working in partnership in social housing, government and the third sector, and a strong commitment to the role sport can play in improving health and promoting equality. She is committed to helping more people get active and enjoy the benefits fitness and sport can bring to their lives.