Maureen McGonigle
Founder

Maureen founded Scottish Women in Sport in 2013 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. She is a member of the Scottish Government Women in Sport Advisory Board and a contributor to GEMS – Gender Equal Media Scotland Alliance.

Maureen was the first female Scottish FA Council Member and Non-Professional Game Board member, and is a Scottish FA female life member.

 

Alison Walker
Trustee

Alison is a broadcaster and sports journalist and was the first woman to break into the traditionally male domain of football and report on matches live. Since then she has travelled the world covering sport including numerous Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

During her time at the BBC she spent eight years presenting the sports news on the flagship news programme, Reporting Scotland. Alison regularly works for BBC Five Live and BBC Radio Scotland as well as Sky Sports, ESPN and the LTA and has interviewed hundreds of sports starts from Tiger Woods to Eve Muirhead, Catriona Matthew and Judy Murray to mention a few.

Andrew McKinlay
Trustee
Andrew is currently the Chief Executive of Heart of Midlothian plc having previously been the Chief Executive of Scottish Golf and the Interim Chief Executive  of the Scottish Football Association.
 
He has one son and one daughter both of whom are interested in sport.  Andrew can often be found on holiday in Arran playing golf with his daughter at Shiskine Golf Club where he is a member.
Andrew joined the Board of Scottish Women in Sport in January 2019.
Julie Shaw-Binns
Trustee

Julie is a founding member of Brand Oath, a Scottish based international agency responsible for creating branding solutions for global cities competing to host major international events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, in addition to working with in the wider international sports diaspora, federations, national governing bodies, clubs, teams and Brands. 

She has worked with a wide range of international sports professionals and currently holds positions on Heart Research UK’s, Heart of Scotland Appeal Board and is a mentor on The R&A’s new Women in Golf Leadership Development Programme. 

Anneli Ritari-Stewart
Trustee

Anneli is an experienced leader with over 20 years’ experience from working with some of the world’s leading brands. A true digital, marketing and business expert she has a proven track record of driving growth by a forensic approach to understanding business challenges and implementing strategies that drive business performance.

She won ‘MD of the Year’ at the Scottish Women’s Business Awards after two years of leading iProspect Edinburgh to win ‘Agency of the Year’ at the ScotlandIS Digital Awards.

In her current role she is Managing Director of Andragogy.co an educational technology and managed learning provider. Anneli also holds the position of strategy council member of the Data and Marketing Association (DMA).

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.

David Fallon
Trustee

David is currently the Head of Development with Scottish Athletics, helping to drive forward participation and membership of athletics in Scotland, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Previously, David led the gender-balanced development team at Scottish Squash to tackle the significant under-representation of women and girls through bespoke development programmes and initiatives, such as G/RLS DO SQUASH & H//T SQUASH.

David also has experience in planning and delivering major world-class events, most notably Judo at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and Wrestling at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Michele Aean
Trustee

Michele is the Managing Director and founder of Drone Scotland, an Independent aerial data, video and imagery supplier.

Prior to setting up the business she worked in senior media roles including 14 years at publisher Reach PLC as the Director of Business & Events. Michele led on the launch of a number of high profile products including the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards, the Sunday Mail Sports Awards,  and the launch of the online business platform insider.co.uk.

Michele brings a wealth of experience in Marketing, Sponsorship,  PR and events to the charity. She is a keen marathon runner and a Mother of 2. Her eldest Son is a keen swimmer and swims for the West of Scotland.

 

Angela Fagan
Trustee

Angela is a founding member of Trust My Pet Service, a Global Pet Care Marketplace. 

She 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.

Tasmina Sheikh OBE
Trustee

Tasmina Sheikh was the Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire, the SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Trade and Investment and Deputy Shadow Leader of the House from 2015 to 2017. She was the first ever women of colour from Scotland, to be elected to any Parliament - European, Westminster or Scottish Parliament. Tasmina is a mother of four, and prior to her election in May 2015 she was a leading Scottish businesswoman, lawyer and screen actress.

She received an OBE in 2014 for services to business and the Asian community and is currently a columnist with The National newspaper and owner of Slàinte Media.

Natasha Meikle
Trustee

Natasha is a senior solicitor at Burness Paull, where she provides legal advice to public, private and third sector clients on an array of employment law issues.  

In addition, Natasha hosts and produces sports broadcasts across a variety of platforms with multimedia production company, A State of Mind. She also regularly works with the BBC, Sky Sports and BT Sports, providing her views on a range of issues in the world of sport. 

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.

Ruth Douglas
Trustee

Ruth is a senior solicitor and policy professional.  She has worked for the Scottish and UK Governments and for an international law firm (with a 6-month secondment to the UAE). 

She has been involved in a range of measures to reduce inequality in Scotland; including implementing plain packaging of tobacco products which focused on children’s health.  She also helps lead the Cross-Government Gender Network and is a School Governor.  

Having played hockey, netball, and touch-rugby; and worked as a sailing instructor and ski resort rep, Ruth is keen to advocate the benefits of involvement in sport for physical & mental health, confidence, and friendship.  Ruth is passionate about growing, celebrating and raising awareness of women in sport of all ability, age, ethnicity and background.