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sportscotland appoints new board members Ronan Welch, Raza Sadiq and Olivia Strong

The national agency of sport, sportscotland has announced the appointment of Ronan Welch, Raza Sadiq and Olivia Strong to the Trust Company Board. 

The three new board members were appointment after a robust recruitment process and will begin their new roles in the new year, with the focused responsibility on our two National Centres, Glenmore Lodge and Inverclyde National Training Centre.

Mr Welch joins from his current position at Scottish Rowing as Pathways manager, having previously held roles as Sports Union President and Interim Student Union President at Strathclyde University. He is a current Non-Executive Director at Scottish Club Sport and is part of the Strategic Committee at Scottish Student Sport. 

Ms Strong is the Founder of Run for Heroes Charity Organisation, which she established in March 2020 during lockdown and raised over £10million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal. Ms Strong is also a freelance producer and documentary filmaker, working on factual documentaries and high-profile series for online streaming platforms such as Break Point (Netflix) and Becoming You (Apple TV).

Mr Sadiq is the founder/chairperson of Active Life Club in Glasgow, where his vision of an inclusive sporting environment is transformative, proactive in addressing barriers and reducing inequalities in sport. He has committed nearly 25 years of his life to impact countless lives across the Glasgow area.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Forbes Dunlop, said: “I want to congratulate Ronan, Raza and Olivia and welcome them to the sportscotland Trust Company Board. I am looking forward to working with them over the course of their tenure and am sure they will bring valuable knowledge and expertise to further improve our sporting system.

The coming years are going to be incredibly important for Scottish sport, and I am confident that our board members will play vital roles in helping us manage the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Following her appointment to the Trust Company Board, Olivia said, "I'm honoured to have been appointed as a board member of The Scottish Sports Council Trust Company. I'm excited to inspire more Scottish people to get active, by utilising the facilities and outdoors we are so lucky to have on our doorstep."

Mr Sadiq also said: “Delighted to join the Sport Trust Board, driven by a passion for sports, a commitment to community empowerment, and a vision to unlock the potential of every individual through the transformative power of inclusion.”

Mr Welch said: "It is a huge honour to join the Board of the sportscotland Trust Company. I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow Board members, the Executive, and wider organisation to support the continued development of the excellent services the trust provides through the National Training Centres and SAIS."


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