Our Senior Management Team

Our senior management team are responsible for leading the organisation and managing its activity. This section lists the members of the team and provides a brief overview of their background.

Stewart Harris, chief executive

Stewart was appointed as chief executive of sportscotland in November 2005.

Stewart brings a wealth of experience to the role including 12 years as a PE teacher, a lifelong involvement with basketball in Scotland as a board member, club and international coach for 25 years at both Scottish and British students level, as well as extensive experience of working with local authorities. In his post as director of widening opportunities, Stewart was responsible for developing the School Sport Co-ordinator Programme and Active Schools Network, which is playing a key part in increasing physical activity levels of children in schools across Scotland.

Forbes Dunlop, chief operating officer

Forbes joined sportscotland in May 2019.

After graduating from the University of Stirling, Forbes started his career working in local government, he then moved to sportscotland holding various positions over a ten year period between 2003 - 2013. Forbes then took up the role of  Chief Executive at Scottish Swimming and during his six years the sport enjoyed year on year membership growth, made significant progress rolling out the National Learn to Swim Framework and saw Scottish athletes competing at the highest level around the world. Forbes is currently a non Executive Director with the British Paralympic Association and voluntary Chair of his local disability sport organisation, South Lanarkshire Disability Sport.

Mike Whittingham, director of high performance

Mike Whittingham is a former Great Britain international 400m hurdler who has been involved in sport since leaving university.

Mike held the post of head of technical services and performance manager at UK Sport where he added to his far-reaching experience of high performance sport. Mike has also worked on a range of consultancy projects for various bodies including UK Sport, UK Athletics, British Swimming, Millennium Dome, British Triathlon and the IAAF as well as development and performance strategies for a range of sports.

Mike worked as a consultant to the sportscotland institute of sport for more than five years, providing strategic guidance on various projects. In addition he contributed directly to the London 2012 Legacy Board where he represented the interests of the wider UK, in particular Scotland.

Mike Roberts, director of sports development

Mike was appointed director of sports development at sportscotland in September 2008 after spending more than 18 years in the sport and leisure sectors. After gaining an MSc in Recreational Management at Loughborough University, Mike accumulated more than 10 years' experience working in the private health and fitness sector at senior management level for market leaders such as David Lloyd Leisure (Whitbread plc). In 2003 Mike moved into the voluntary sector and became the first CEO of the Scottish Gymnastics Association, where he spent five years utilising his commercial experience to more than double participation levels in the sport.

Since joining sportscotland Mike has overseen the introduction of a range of key programmes and partnerships which are helping drive participation in Scottish sport, including community sport hubs. On a personal level Mike has spent most of his life coaching and competing in a wide range of sports; he gained international honours at school and college levels in both rugby union and rugby league. 

Date published: 13 June 2016
Date updated: 06 January 2020


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