Chair: Frances Wood
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.
Vice-chair: Pamela Woodman
Pamela is a dual qualified solicitor (in Scotland and in England and Wales) who has held various senior legal counsel roles in private and public limited companies. Her most recent role was as senior legal counsel in the General Counsel’s Office of Standard Life plc, where she dealt with the international joint ventures in India and China, as well as other strategic projects. Pamela has represented Scotland, both in rugby union (at Scotland A and Scottish Universities levels) and in touch rugby, and has held various administrative positions at club and governing body level. She has been involved in sports disciplinary matters as a sole judicial officer and as chair/member of various disciplinary committees since 2009. Primarily, this has been in relation to rugby union and has been across a broad spectrum of matches, leagues and tournaments, varying from grassroots amateur level rugby to professional club and international rugby (both sevens and fifteens). She is also a qualified aerobics and gym instructor and has completed an Open University module on sport and exercise psychology.
Having worked in the sports development sector since 1997, Jane now heads up the coaching systems development team for The PGA across Great Britain and Ireland. Previous roles within Local Authorities, County Sports Partnerships and national agencies have given Jane a broad understanding of the challenges that exist within the wider sports development sector. The completion of an MBA has enabled Jane to further develop a ‘business’ approach to sports development and continued research focus on change management (through a part-time PhD) has provided a sound background to the drive for a major change programme within golf coaching across Britain and Ireland under the banner of ‘Right Coach; Right Place; Right Time’.
As a keen musician, Jane’s guitar playing is better developed than her golf! As a relative newcomer to golf, Jane has been fortunate to work with some great PGA professionals who are passionate about golf and coaching and have helped Jane develop her golfing knowledge and playing. They have certainly provided her with the 'right coach in the right place at the right time' and helped her to learn to play the game and steer Jane towards her potential (which Jane hopes she has yet to reach). Jane’s passion for golf has undoubtedly been ignited by the great coach with whom she now works – the vision is most certainly being brought to life!
Kirsty has extensive experience in the sport sector with a good understanding of the vital aspects of the sporting system and the impact of physial activity as a means of engaging and developing people and communites.
Her professional career has spanned 18 years across three very different Local Authorities – Glasgow, Stirling and East Dunbartonshire. Direct experience across these urban, rural and suburban communities has enabled her to develop her skills and knowledge in doing so has gained a comprehensive understanding of the impact of sport, outdoor education and physical activity across varying socio-economic and demographic contexts.
Kirstie has handled programme creation, communications strategy, event delivery, and speaker and VIP management for conferences and summits around the world, including as Programme Director for a global conference on sport for social good. Prior to that, she was a magazine editor, then director of strategy for the Middle East for one of the world’s largest PR networks. She now runs her own communications consultancy.
She also works as head of corporate and education activities for Head Talks, a non-profit digital platform for mental health and wellbeing, and is on the Ayrshire fundraising committee for Marie Curie. She is a volunteer for Pets as Therapy, where her dog provides one-on-one care for patients with dementia. She is a very amateur curler and has a passion for National Hunt racing, and is a member of a syndicate that owns several National Hunt racehorses.
Kay is currently the Service Manager for Sport & Physical Activity for Aberdeenshire Council and is an experienced manager with more than 15 years' extensive delivery in planning and evaluating sport and physical activity programmes across a range of staff and service areas in a local authority context.
Kay has developed sport & physical activity strategies and frameworks for local authorities, working with local and national partners to ensure maximum impact at a local level.
Having played national league volleyball for a number of years, Kay is deeply passionate about sport and the power it has to seriously affect change and have a significantly positive impact on individuals and communities across the country.
Susie Sandilands is BBC Scotland’s social media community manager and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked at BBC Scotland since 2002, with previous roles in marketing, communications and event management. In her current position she specialises in producing bespoke social content and building communities around BBC Scotland’s flagship accounts. 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 the BBC Get Inspired’s first ‘Just for Staff’ Unsung Hero, for encouraging and supporting her colleagues to incorporate activity into their working day.
Dilawer Singh MBE
A former wrestler, keen kabbadi player, referee and coach, badminton player and coach and marathon runner, Dilawer has raised thousands of pounds for international charities through his sporting exploits. Dilawer was also part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bid team and sat on sub-committees for recruiting volunteers and planning the legacy of the Games. Dilawer now sits on the committee of Active Glasgow and Sport.
Dilawer was the first Asian and Sikh police officer in Scotland and spent more than 36 years with Strathclyde Police and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate having served in three ranks. Dilawer was then invited by the Inspectorate to inspect the Crown and Prosecution Service of Scotland.
Among a list of prestigious awards and titles, particular highlights include Dilawer receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lord Provost of Glasgow for his contribution and service to sport, and serving as president of the Vaisakhi da Mela Committee and Govan Rotary Club, committee member of The Law Society of Scotland, founding member and chair of SEMPERScotland, honorary president of the Association of Indian Organisations (AIO), chair of Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA Scotland) since 1989 and vice chair of the Sports Council for Glasgow.
Dilawer is also an elected director of SALSC (Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils). For the past serveral years, Dilawer has played his part with Glasgow Life (Culture & Sport) as a member of the board of directors. The deacon convener of the Trades House Glasgow invited Dilawer to join the Commonwealth funds committee to award grants for the benefits of Glasgow and its citizens.
In 2014, Dilawer attended Buckingham Palace, where he was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to communities and ethnic minority sports.