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 sector since 1997, Jane is a people development specialist providing consultancy in the fields of inclusion, coaching, change management and leadership development. 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 and coaching sector. As head of coaching systems for The Professional Golfers’ Association, she drove the development of a 21st-century vision for golf coaching across Great Britain and Ireland, ‘Right Coach; Right Place; Right Time’.
Jane has completed an MBA and embarked on a part-time PhD alongside her consultancy work, which focuses on the concept of authentic leadership in sport coaching systems. Her Twitter profile identifies her as “inspired by sport and music; obsessed by Munros; intrigued by change; motivated to succeed”. She loves the outdoors and can often be found on the slopes of Glencoe Mountain Resort, on her stand-up paddleboard or open-water swimming. She is also a poet, writer and musician.
Mark is the opportunities & events manager for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and has worked in sports development for over 20 years. A coach, official and tutor in multiple sports and programmes, Mark’s first love is tennis and he was tournament director for the highly successful East Lothian Open Tennis Tournament for 10 years.
After graduating from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Sport & Recreation Management, Mark worked in Active Schools in Midlothian for eight years before joining SDS. He has experience in developing sport and facilitating large projects within school, club, regional, national and international settings. His work in making outdoor activities and adventure sport more accessible to all has seen him run two international disability-specific events at sportscotland national training centre Inverclyde.
Mark is a keen cyclist and was the master of ceremonies for Total Warrior – a large-scale extreme physical activity event – from its inception in 2011 until 2016. He is a keen quizzer who defeated the BBC Eggheads team with friends in 2011, a member of the Scottish UK Honours Panel for Sport and a mentor to two young coaches.
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.
Iain has over 30 years’ experience in the sports and physical activity sector having worked for five years in a community sports and fitness role in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, before progressing into the Further and Higher Education sector. He has been a lecturer and academic manager in sport and fitness for 25 years and in his current role as associate dean at City of Glasgow College he has overall management of more than 600 sports and physical education learners. He is an advocate for coaching and leadership in sport and has delivered on the degree program at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Iain is a product of school sport opportunity and a lifelong activist who passionately promotes the benefits of sport and taking part at all levels. At Glasgow College he has supported the establishment of many groups and clubs with a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.
As a participant in sport, Iain holds a broad range of coaching qualifications from the SFA B Licence to a BASI Level 2 ski instructor qualification. Alpine skiing is a particular interest and he has led student groups at home and abroad for many years, recognising the life-changing impact of outdoor education on individuals. He now takes part in climbing, biking and canoeing with the same energy he used to apply to adventure racing and ultra-marathons.
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.
For 10 years Robin was chief executive of West Lothian Leisure, the award-winning charity that manages sport, leisure and cultural services on behalf of West Lothian Council. Prior to that he was chief executive of Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust, which manages a wide range of services for Manchester City Council including the legacy facilities from the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Robin has extensive experience managing sport and leisure services within local government and charitable trusts including managing Hillend Ski Centre and Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School.
A former international athlete and triathlete, Robin is still a keen fitness enthusiast and regularly competes in endurance events to raise funds for various charities. Robin now advises charities and social enterprises on a range of aspects including corporate governance and managing change.