New sportscotland Trust Company Board members photographed in November 2019

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Three newcomers add expertise to Trust Company Board

Three people with a rich and varied experience of sport have been appointed to the sportscotland Trust Company Board.

Mark Gaffney, Iain Houston and Robin Strang attended their first meeting of the Board on 14 November at sportscotland national training centre Inverclyde in Largs. The Trust Company Board has responsibility for the governance of all three National Training Centres – Cumbrae, Glenmore Lodge and Inverclyde.

The appointments come in the wake of the latest #GetOnBoard social media recruitment drive, which had previously attracted record numbers of applicants to the sportscotland Board.

The three newcomers join Frances Wood, vice-chair Pamela Woodman, Jane Booth, Kirsty Garrett, Kirstie Hepburn, Kay Morrison, David Rhoney, Susie Sandilands and Dilawer Singh MBE on the 12-strong Trust Company Board.

Mark Gaffney

Mark is the opportunities & events manager for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and has worked in sport 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. A keen cyclist, he is focused on making outdoor activities and adventure sport more accessible to all. Mark is a member of the Scottish UK Honours Panel for Sport and a mentor to two young coaches.

Iain Houston

Iain has over 30 years’ experience in the sector having started out in a community sports and fitness role in Paisley and gone on to become a leading lecturer and academic manager in sport and fitness. As associate dean at City of Glasgow College he has overall management of more than 600 sports and physical education learners. Iain is a lifelong activist who passionately promotes the benefits of sport and taking part at all levels. Alpine skiing, climbing, biking and canoeing are among his passions and he holds a Scottish FA B Coaching Licence as well as a BASI Level 2 ski instructor qualification.

Robin Strang

For 10 years Robin was chief executive of West Lothian Leisure, prior to which he was chief executive of Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust. He 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 who also advises charities and social enterprises on areas such as corporate governance and managing change.

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