Monday, September 1, 2014

Scottish Swimming Appoints New Board Directors

Scottish Swimming today announces the appointments of Kerry Christie and Graeme Marchbank to the sport’s Board of Directors.

As Global Head of Human Resources for Aberdeen Asset Management, where she leads a worldwide team of over 60 people covering 25 countries, Christie will bring significant experience in governance, diversity and resource allocation to the role as well as first hand responsibility for engaging with shareholders and other external political and industry bodies in support of the Company’s interests.

In addition, Christie has a wealth of experience within the sport, having been a competitive swimmer in her youth and a qualified coach (Level 2) for the past 10 years at Westhill District ASC/South Aberdeenshire Swimming.

As Global Head of Sports Sponsorship for Diageo Plc, Marchbank will provide insight into the world of sports marketing and associated supporting areas such as communications and specialist agencies.

Marchbank is also a qualified Swimming Technical Official and a committee member of Perth City Swim Club and has most recently served as Board Director of sportscotland.

Both Christie and Marchbank are looking forward to joining the Board. Christie said,

“There has been a huge ground swell of public interest created from a major ‘home’ sporting event; this encompasses not just support for performance sport but also mass participation for which there is a high level of political and medical support given the health challenges our nation faces. I am delighted to be able to play a part in the opportunity to continue a strategic expansion of aquatic sports throughout the country in the next few years.” 

Marchbank also commented,

"Scotland has a huge opportunity now to use the momentum of the Commonwealth Games to make sport more important to everyone and swimming is at the forefront.  As a sport it already delivers a significant positive impact and means a huge amount to thousands of people.  I'm thrilled to get this chance to support that community and its ambitions."

Maureen Campbell has also been reappointed as Chair and commented on the new appointments, “We are delighted to welcome Kerry and Graeme to the Board of Directors. Their appointments strengthen the Board and ensures we now have a full complement of Director’s to guide the future direction of our sport.”

The appointment of Christie and Marchbank to the Board of Directors brings the Scottish Swimming Board to its full complement with them joining fellow Board Directors Maureen Campbell, John Mason (successfully re-appointed), Win Hayes, Ian MacCallum, David Carry and Forbes Dunlop in ensuring Scottish Swimming is well placed for future opportunities and challenges.

Kerry Christie and Graeme Marchbank will attend their first Board meeting on 5th October 2014.