SWiS Trustees

SWiS is a registered charity no SCO44496 and the organisation comprises of Founder and Chief Executive Maureen McGonigle and a group of dedicated Trustees.  Read more about our CEO and trustees here:-

MAUREEN MCGONIGLE

Maureen McGonigle is the Founder and CEO of Scottish Women in Sport which is a national equity charity launched in November 2013 to increase the profile and raise awareness of all areas of women in sport in Scotland.  Its vision is for a Scotland where females of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and walks of life are participating in sport or physical activity; within a positive, equitable culture where their achievements are promoted and celebrate.

Chair of Scottish Sports Futures an organisation that uses the power of sport to empowers young people to make positive lifestyle choices.  A member of the Board for The School of Social Entrepreneurs, which is a charity that supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle complex social problems. 

Maureen has been involved in sports administration for over 25 years.  Executive Administrator of Scottish Women’s Football till December 2013, Maureen was the first female Scottish FA Council Member and Non-Professional Game Board member in football in Scotland.  She is now the only Scottish FA female life member and is currently a member of the Scottish FA Judical Panel

Maureen currently writes a weekly column for The National on women and girls in sport.

 

JAMES DOCHERTY

At present I’m Senior Sponsorship and Customer Reward Manager at SSE plc, responsible for leading a 16 strong team, on major projects including The SSE Women’s FA Cup, SSE Scottish FA Women’s Cup, The SSE Hydro and our customer reward channels. I’m accountable for delivering key brand messaging for SSE and I sit on the Inclusion and Diversity steering group within the business, with a focus on encouraging young female’s into STEM subjects, closing the gender pay gap and exploring how we engage with our BAME audiences…all through a sponsorship lens!

I’m formerly managing director of one of Scotland’s most decorated marketing agencies, Material, where I specialised in brand above and below the line work for The Scottish FA, Whyte and Mackay Global, T in the Park, Tennent’s and BAFTA Scotland.

With a broad brand, marketing and sponsorship knowledge, I now centre on strategy, measurement, return on investments and commercial contracts, whilst getting my hands dirty on traditional and digital/social activation and engagement.

An amazingly proud father to Roisin (20), Ava (8) and Neve (6 months), and partner to Lisa, a Human Resources Business Partner with a global organization.

KAYLEIGH GRIEVE

Currently the Marketing Manager for Womens Football at UEFA. Our aim is to make football the number one played sport by girls across Europe and we have recently launched our five year plan under the banner of Together #WePlayStrong. It is my responsibility to drive the plan forward and develop the marketing campaigns around it. I work closely with our 55 National Associations across Europe to drive growth in participation in girls and womens football and work towards making the game financially self-sustaining.

Specialties: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Womens Sport, Football Development, Social Media, Mobile Development, Corporate Communications, Project Management, Broadcast & Online Journalism, Strategic Planning, Video Editing & Production, Online Communities, Web Streaming, Reporting & Analysis, Media Relations, Website Management & Development, SEO, Coaching

Mother of two young girls who also appear to love sport and wife of Stuart Grieve, formerly Positive Coaching programme leader.

CLAIRE INNES

Claire has over fifteen years’ experience in banking and finance. Claire started working a Saturday job at RBS whilst still at high school, and continued working with the bank whilst studying Accountancy and Law at the University of Strathclyde. Having enjoyed many roles at RBS, Claire decided to pursue her passion for charity fundraising in 2015 and moved to the third sector, where she hopes to remain for some time.   Currently Development Manager Scotland for Breast Cancer Care, she is responsible for the development of major donor programme within Scotland, to include managing relationships with existing donors, and recruiting new ones.

Previously Relationship Director with NatWest Commercial Banking, managing existing portfolio of commercial banking clients and business development of new ones.  Prior to that she was Senior Relationship Manager with Lombard Corporate managing a portfolio of Large Corporate clients’ asset finance needs.

Claire has enjoyed covering all of Scotland in her various roles and enjoys nothing more in her own time than taking in Scotland’s beautiful scenery. She hopes that her passion for her home country, combined with her desire to promote equality in all areas make her a great fit for the SWiS board.

ISOBEL IRVINE

A career in national magazine publications, both in London and as Director of a freelance editorial solutions company, was augmented by a period working with sportscotland's TeamSport Scotland initiative and as a media manager with Scottish Rugby, with a focus on the women's national teams. While continuing to work in communications in the broadest sense, with a national privatised organisation as part of their Task Force Operations team, I also write for a variety of publications to promote women in sport and, globally, with football's Homeless World Cup as web site manager/feature writer, furthering the challenges and successes of women within the game and the tournament.

PHYLLIS MCLEISH

Phyllis has over 25 years experience in business & finance, specialising in the construction and rail sectors over the last 15 years. With a background in accountancy, Phyllis has spent the last 8 years with QTS Group, a successful railway engineering company which she, her husband and other McLeish family members are director / shareholders.  QTS has seen exponential growth over the last 6 years and is now one of the top twenty maintenance suppliers to Network Rail. Phyllis had a combined remit of Finance & Commercial Director at QTS has over the last 18 months reduced her role to that of Commercial Director only to allow her to pursue other interests and dedicate more time to her family, new business interests and her charity work.  

A recent addition to her business life has been the formation of the AM Media Group which includes Ayrshire Magazine. A long held ambition to be part of the creative industries realised and which she is looking forward to developing.

In her position as Commercial Director at QTS, she has overseen the brand become one of the biggest supporters of the UK Sporting Industry. The companies Youth Athlete programme see’s the business support athletes competing in underfunded sports

Phyllis is also one of the founding trustees of the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) and is an ambassador for the St James Place Foundation. In addition she supports Prince’s Trust in Scotland in a variety of ways including sponsorship and as a table host at the Trust’s legendary charity day “Lunch with an Old Bag”. QTS and the McLeish family also provide considerable donations and other support to many other local and national charities.

DR IRENE A REID

I am currently a Lecturer in Sociology of Sport and Deputy Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport at the University of Stirling. Prior to my current post I lectured in the sociology of sport and leisure at De Montfort University (Bedford). A former PE teacher, I have worked in sports development and administration in the public sector at local authority level and at the Scottish Sports Council.

Following my undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies (Dunfermline College of Physical Education, Edinburgh) I completed my postgraduate MA in Sociology of Sport at Queen's University at Kingston (Canada) and in 2000 my PhD (University of Stirling). My doctoral thesis is a critical social-historical analysis of Shinty, nationalism and cultural identity, 1835-1939.

I am an accomplished communicator, comfortable engaging with different audiences inside and outside the academic and sports communities. Using critical sociological analysis I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision across a range of issues relating to sport including power and politics, ethnicity and race, gender, media discourse. My research interests reflect similar themes but my expertise is the analysis of sport, nations and nationalisms. My research strengths skills are in qualitative and interpretive methods of data collection and analysis. I have published in a variety of academic texts and in the mainstream media. My current work is focused on media discourses of nationhood through in Scotland, and a critical analysis of women and sport.

A trade union member throughout my professional career, more recently I have held elected leadership roles at local level, including that of equality representative. This has enhanced my knowledge of equality and diversity issues and underpins embryonic research around women and equality in sport; it has also informed my support for the work of Scottish Women in Sport (SWiS).

A life-long participant in sport I also have experience of volunteering at club level in a variety of sports including hockey, badminton, and golf. Having played a variety of sports I now concentrate on keeping fit at gym and playing golf.

TASMINA AHMED-SHEIKH

Previously a Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire from 2015-2017 and the SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Trade and Investment and Deputy Shadow Leader of the House.

She is National Women's and Equalities Convener for the SNP. 

Tasmina is a mother of four, and prior to her election in May 215 she was a leading Scottish businesswoman, lawyer and screen actress. She was also a Board Member and Chair of the International and Commercial Development Committee of the City of Glasgow College from 2011 until her election, and an Advisory Board member for Yes Scotland, which campaigned in the 2014 Referendum to present the commercial, economic, social and political business case for an independent Scotland.

She received an OBE in 2014 for services to business and the Asian community.

Since her election, Tasmina has campaigned on a wide range of issues, including

  • Retaining Scotland’s membership of the EU
  • calling on the UK Government to address the Syrian refugee crisis
  • calling for an end to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia following reports of their illegal use in the conflict in Yemen
  • supporting a range of equality issues, including a fair deal for female pensioners (WASPI Women)
  • making the role of women central to government action to combat terrorism and extremism in the UK and beyond.
  • advocating reform of the UK’s unfair benefits sanctions system
  • internet safety, as part of the Reclaim the Internet Campaign

 

Tasmina is a member of Inclusion Scotland’s Access to Politics Advisory Group, works with the UK-wide Parliament Project to promote the role of women in politics.

ALISON WALKER

I am a presenter and reporter and spent almost 20 years in television and radio with the BBC, before going freelance and establishing my own media company.

I was the first woman to break into the traditionally male domain of football and report on matches live. Since then I has been all over the world covering sport. I have reported on four Olympic Games, including London 2012, and three Commonwealth Games. During my time at the BBC, I had an eight year stint presenting the sports news on the flagship news programme, Reporting Scotland. I have been lucky enough to interview hundreds of sports stars from Tiger Woods to Sir Steve Redgrave and my latest interview highlights in London include Michael Phelps and Pele.

I am regularly used by BBC Five Live and BBC Scotland as well as Sky Sports and ESPN. I have also been recruited by World Curling TV and Olympic Broadcasting – the only Scottish voice on the Worldwide Olympic News Channel. I have also reported on Scottish elections, travel and education.