Maureen McGonigle
CEO

Maureen founded Scottish Women in Sport in 2013 with an aim to increase the profile and raise awareness of all areas of women in sport in Scotland.

She is Chair of Scottish Sports Futures an organisation that empowers young people through the power of sport as well as a member of the Equal Media and Culture Centre for Scotland.

Maureen sits on the Scottish FA EDI Board and was the first female Scottish FA Council Member and Non-Professional Game Board member.  Through this she became the first female Scottish FA life member.

 

Julie Inglis
Trustee

Founder and Director of Kube Networks, Julie is a dynamic and inspirational business leader with over 25 years working in the service, telecoms and technology space.

An excellent team builder, player and people manager with extensive senior management and executive experience in operational and business management. With a track record of delivering transformational business and financial performance across a number of companies and sectors, she has strong skills in strategy development, joint venture creation and large scale negotiations.

Julie is passionate about developing opportunity and diversity in Technology and Sport and harnessing the many benefits sport can provide to girls and women of all ages and abilities.

Calum Ross
Trustee

Calum is an Assistant Director in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group and leads much of the group's work in Regulation and Governance, from the perspective of running effective, efficient and sustainable sports organisations. This has included a leading role in the development and implementation of the FIA’s new financial regulations for Formula 1 and Formula E and advising a number of sports organisations (including a number of European football clubs) on their strategy and operations ensuring they are set up for success.

In addition to working with a variety of leading sports organisations, Calum is passionate about making a positive impact regarding diversity and inclusion and is excited about the opportunity to support SWIS in promoting equal and fair opportunities in sport for women and girls in Scotland.

Cara Shearer
Trustee

Cara is a passionate sport professional with over 6 years of experience in developing sport, people, and partnerships at both local and national level. She holds a holistic view of sport, and truly believe in using sport as a vehicle for social development and change.

She has a passion for diversity and inclusion, focussing on creating opportunities for all individuals, and communities to both participate in, and develop to achieve a range of outcomes and objectives.

Cara has a deep understanding of how sport works at both national and local level and has an inspiring network of connections across the sport and third sector. She has extensive experience in the delivery and planning of world-class sporting programmes, event management and volunteer recruitment, development, and deployment. 

Natasha Meikle
Trustee

Natasha is a qualified solicitor and HR professional who specialises in employment law and employee relations issues. She has vast private and public sector experience.

In addition, Natasha is a sports presenter who features across a range of media outlets, with a focus on women’s football. She is also an experienced and award-winning podcast host and producer.

Having competed at multiple sports from a young age, Natasha has now turned her attention to promoting and increasing the visibility of women’s sport, and increasing the opportunities available to young girls.

Natasha also has a wealth of fundraising experience, and has organised a host of large scale fundraising events.

Laura Hynd
Trustee

Laura is a senior sponsorship consultant with a passion for building partnerships. With a wealth of experience gained in Glasgow & London for global sports and entertainment properties including Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Warriors, Harlequins Rugby, IMG and currently with AEG developing the sponsorship for Olympia. London’s new culture & experience destination opening 2024.

Inspired by the important work of SW/S, Laura is delighted to be joining as a trustee to help shape the partnership vision and support, grow and amplify the charity’s good work for the next 10 years.

An active member of the European Sponsorship Association, including Best of Europe judge (2021 & 2022) Laura is keen to share knowledge through SWiS to improve the sport sponsorship landscape in Scotland & help Scottish brands to understand the amazing benefits to business the right partnership can achieve.

Heather Dewar
Trustee

Heather is a PR and Communications consultant with a vast array of experience in TV and radio news journalism. She regularly features as a TV and radio presenter on the BBC, and has a particular interest in sport and mental health. She became the first ever Women’s Sport Reporter at BBC Scotland, Women’s sport podcast host on BBC Scotland and host of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Show on BBC sport Online.

Heather is a trained Video Journalist and camera operator, and has presented and broadcast LIVE from several big sporting events, including the Women’s Football World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon and the Solheim Cup.

She is the co-founder of the Edinburgh Mums app and has worked for the BBC, SKY news radio, Radio Forth, Radio Tay, Beat 106FM, Talk107FM, and Scot FM.

Lauren Butler
Trustee

With 7 years’ experience in financial services and a degree in Leadership and Management, Lauren is enthusiastic about using her experience, knowledge, and skills to increase and promote opportunities for girls’ and women in sport across Scotland.

Lauren has competed in sports at an early age, including track and football, and more recently supported the Commonwealth Games. She is keen to continue to support women in sport by delivering in her role as Trustee for SWIS.

Lauren’s strengths involve strategy, project delivery, events, corporate partnerships, and finance. Her skills were recognised by CCA Excellence Awards, where she won ‘Rising Star’.

She is dedicated to achieving SWIS’s purpose of educating, increase participation and celebrating the success of all women and girls in sport.

Eilidh Paterson
Trustee

Eilidh is a respected sports development professional with over 5 years’ experience within the student sport sector with expertise in equality and inclusion.

Accustomed to roles of responsibility within a multi-sport membership organisation, with a special aptitude for member and partner relationship management, creating and publishing inclusive communications and challenging current practice by exploring and unlocking new possibilities.

As an Advisory Panellist within the Women’s Sport Collective, Eilidh is enthusiastic to bring together professionals within the Scottish sporting sector to empower all women and girls to become and remain active throughout their lives, no matter where they live or the barriers they may face

Angela Fagan
Trustee

Angela spent over a decade in the Royal Navy specialising in supply chain management followed by a successful commercial career in Recruitment for some of the worlds leading brands.

She has used her analytical skills to identify business opportunities and understand challenges to create successful online businesses over the last 20 years. 

Angela's strengths include Business Development, Web Design, Leadership, Outsourcing and e-Commerce.  

Her aim is to encourage women everywhere to embrace the power of activity for good physical and mental health.

Mhari Maclennan
Trustee

Mhairi is an elite athlete and activist. She is the Co-Founder and General Manager at Kyniska Advocacy, campaigning in sports policy and athlete welfare, for a sporting world that protects, respects and celebrates women and girls in sport. Mhairi  first joined SWIS on the innovation committee in 2021.

Mhairi’s passion is to help evolve sport so that it is a safe and equitable place for women to participate. Her vision is for a world where women’s sport is celebrated and respected in its own right, and where women can freely and fairly practice sports.

Jude Salmon
Trustee

Jude has been in various leadership roles for 23 years in sport, leisure, physical activity, and hospitality, working in both the private and public sector.  In addition she has over 10 years’ experience leading and developing the Active Schools team within Edinburgh local authority with 3 years’ leading the Community Sports Hub Officers in Edinburgh. She believes sport and physical activity is a platform to making positive changes to the health and wellbeing of all those involved. 

Jude is also an Independent Director on the board of Scottish Fencing and part of the working group leading on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working group.

She graduated from Women Sport Leadership Academy in 2018 and went on to become a facilitator in 2019. She was introduced to sport aged 7 becoming a competitive swimmer until the age of 16.  Her children are involved in sport through Hockey and Rugby and her husband is involved with Triathlon.