Friday, June 19, 2015

Logan and Mason Named in Queen's Birthday Honours

Gina Logan and John Mason were among those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, with Gina being awarded an MBE for Services to Sport in Scotland and John a CBE for Public Service to Business and Major Events.

Gina’s involvement in sport goes back a considerable way. On leaving school she attended Dunfermline College of Physical Education. By the 1980’s she was Vice Chairman of Scottish Hockey Union and GB Olympic Committee member.  She also became heavily involved on local Committees, president of local tennis club, chairman of Local Sports Council, Chairman of local High School Board and President of Cupar & District Swimming Club.

She was swimming convenor in Fife for many years, then Secretary and was also Fife School Gala Convener for 16 years, as well as serving terms as Secretary and President.

In 2000 she became East district Team manager, then Scottish Youth Squad team manager. Then she was responsible for co-writing Scottish Swimming’s first ever Team Manager Programme.

In 2005 she was appointed Aquatics team manager for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Out with swimming her team management was recognised by another sport when she traveled to Holland with the Scottish Men’s Volleyball team and in 2010 she was Assistant Team Manager for Team Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

In 2013 Gina became President of Scottish Swimming and in 2014 was Deputy Team Manager at the Athletes Village for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Gina remains very involved in sport and in particular swimming where she continues her role as Tutor and Assessor supporting the delivery of UKCC courses passing on her considerable knowledge and inspiring a new generation of teachers, coaches and swimmers.

Gina said of her award, “I am very humbled and grateful for all the kind wishes recently received in recognition of my MBE.”

Board Director, John Mason, was awarded a CBE in the Honours List. He is the Head of Directorate for Economic Development at the Scottish Government and represented the Scottish Government on the Glasgow 2014 Board.  

He took up his current post of Director of Business in April 2010 covering, enterprise and tourism, innovation and industries and European structural funds.  Prior to that he was Director of Climate Change and Water Industry and Environmental Quality Directorates. While he was there he dealt with issues of climate change, environmental protection, flood prevention, waste and pollution reduction and international environmental commitments.

John first role was with Kent County Council as a town planner before moving to the former Department of the Environment in London in 1985. A move to the Scottish Office, in 1990, saw him hold a series of policy posts dealing with issues of housing, industry, tourism, culture and sport.

Between 2001 and 2002 he was Principle Private Secretary to the First Minister, the Rt Hn Jack McConnell MSP.

John graduated from Oxford University in 1978 with a degree in geography and from University College London, in 1980, with a postgraduate degree in town planning. He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 1997 and is also a non-executive Board member of Scottish Swimming.