I am a Trustee and work with both Nick and Maggie in relation to identifying and building business relationships with potential strategic partners. I have been with the Trust since February 2018. I am a former President of Strathmore RFC and as the Trust was growing, they were looking for quality candidates – I was invited due to my interest in rugby and developing people through rugby in the wider community.
I have been learning all the time, in relation to charity funding, reporting, safeguarding, compliance and the provision of activities. Especially the effort and commitment of the teams involved to deliver the projects to the wider community. Without a doubt the Autism-Friendly Rugby is the highlight, to see the children interacting is both a wonderful and humbling experience.
I have been associated with the Angus/Dundee business community for over 35 years. I am a solicitor and have a depth of contacts and an understanding how the local business community operates.
I first became involved with the Trust in February 2018. Former Trustee Dave Brown invited me to a meeting to discuss the Trust and determine my interest in becoming a Trustee given my role within Local Government and my interests in services to communities.
I enjoy being able to assist the Trust in areas where I feel my experience and knowledge can add benefit to what the Trust is looking to achieve. I have worked in Local Government for over 30 years and this has given me a number of skills which I believe will assist the Trust as it develops. This includes finance and budgetary control; staffing – recruitment, terms and conditions; funding, Grant aid and marketing; Monitoring, evaluation and reporting and Documentation.
I have been the Trust Treasurer since 2018.
My involvement with the Trust originated in the Osnaburg Bar, when Stuart Gray mentioned that the Trust was looking for a Treasurer. I have been involved with Strathmore Rugby Club since the 1970’s first as a player, then committee member (Club President 2001/2 ).
I enjoy the ability to use my professional background in accountancy and also my personal enjoyment of rugby in assisting with the future development of the Trust.
As the founding Trustee I have been involved since day one – 1 June 2017.
I set up the Trust to increase the number of people playing rugby union and rugby league in the local area. I had a vision to use rugby to help develop people and the communities we live in. I enjoy seeing other people becoming involved not only in the Trust but in rugby. It is great seeing the passion and fresh ideas that they bring.
Personally, the Trust allows me to get involved in a lot of different things that I would not normally have the opportunity to do in my day job. Volunteering for the Trust therefore gives me broader experiences. Professionally I bring experience as a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Manager – I am a Fellow with both organisations. I have recently stepped down as Chairperson of Dundee City Disability Sport and, until recently, have been involved with the Committee of Strathmore RFC for several years. I am also a former Board Member of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League.
I also bring experience from a playing perspective. I am a retired (although I seem to get persuaded to come out of retirement every now and again…) rugby union and rugby league player.
I have only recently become involved with Strathmore Community Rugby Trust however I have a long association with Strathmore Rugby, both on and off the field.
I am looking forward to getting stuck in with the Trust and learning more about what we can achieve through rugby. I bring may years of transferable rugby knowledge to the role including knowledge on food and nutrition from my job as a chef.