British Curling is predominantly governed by a volunteer board of directors, listed below. They are selected through open transparent process.
The directors of the board are responsible for directing the sport in a conscientious manner and within the law. The directors can appoint staff to help them in their tasks although the directors (and not the staff) carry the ultimate responsibility for the sport. Employees from sportscotland and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club support the board of directors and have delegated authority for specific tasks and areas of operation for British Curling.
Willie has been a member of the Bank of Scotland (Fife) Curling Club for almost 30 years and has served as their Captain on two occasions. The club is an active member of the West Fife Province winning the Province League 7 times in the past 10 years. Willie is also a member of Kennoway Curling Club. Willie is a member of the Rotary Club of Cupar and held the office of President in 2013 - 2014.
Willie was previously a Director of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club from 2008 - 2014 and Chairman from 2009 - 2014. In his capacity as Chairman of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club he was a member of the Board of British Curling from 2010 - 2014.
He was appointed Chairman of British Curling in August 2014.
In curling Margaret has had the opportunity to see the sport from all angles. As a competitor at all levels (she holds Junior, Ladies and Senior Scottish titles) she still competes successfully being current World Seniors Champion. As a coach Margaret successfully guided the 1990 Scottish Ladies team to World Silver. In 2005 Margaret was Vice Chairperson in charge of finance at the Womenâ€™s World Championships and Seniors Championships held in Scotland. Although she notes that sometimes itâ€™s just nice to watch having attended the Vancouver and London Olympics as a spectator. Most recently, Margaret had the honour of being Tour Captain of the 2015 Ladies Curling Tour to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada.
Through his work with the Scottish Institute of Sport, Nigel became involved with the gold medal-winning menâ€™s and women's curling programmes in 2002, during which time he learned much about the sport at an elite level. He also has experience of other elite sports, having managed England Netball to a top-three world ranking in a previous role.
Nigel is passionate about the sport of curling and cites a desire to see British Curling teams succeed at the Sochi Winter Olympics as a major motivating factor in his decision to join our board. He is an active curler himself - playing for Blairdrummond Curling Club - and is also involved in coaching Stirling Young Curlers.
Russell has been a member of of St Martin's curling club for over 37 years and holds a very impressive list of accolades including Scottish Schools Champion 1980, Scottish Junior Champion 1983 & 1984, Scottish Men's Champion 1984 & 1995, Scottish Mixed Champion 1993, RCCC Champion 1983 & 1984, World Junior Bronze Medallist 1983 & 1984, European Curling Champion 1982 & Bronze Medallist 1983 and World Silver Medallist 1995.
Russell has also coached both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams to national and international success, having coached Scottish Teams at European Ladies Curling Championships in 1991,1996, 1999, 2001, 2005 and the World Ladies Curling Championship 2000 where they reached the Semi-Final. His coaching honours include World Junior Men's Championship Silver Medallist, 1990 World Junior Ladies Championship Gold Medallist 1993, European Ladies Championship Silver Medallist 1990, 1992 & 1998 and Olympic Women's Champions 2002. Russell also assisted Olympic Head Coaching in developing and delivering a world class performance programme for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006.
During her years as a performance athlete, Gillian returned to university to re-train and began a professional career building a wealth of experience in Change Management and Data. She started as a Data Warehouse Developer then moved on to Project Management and Data related roles with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life Investments and HSBC. She will be joining Kames Capital in November 2014 to lead their Data team.
Though no longer able to play, she has remained keenly interested in curling and is also now an avid runner, musician and part-time Psychology student.
Alistair spent his career in local government, initially in finance as a Chartered Accountant and then as the Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council 1995-1999, Scotlandâ€™s third largest local authority at the time. He served as the Chairman of the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland from 2001-2007 and has advised the Scottish Government on a wide range of issues, including being part of the review group for MSP remuneration, chairing the Leadership Advisory Panel on Local Government Leadership Capacity and providing evidence to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee on the budget setting.
Alistair is a member and past president of Gourock Curling Club and has competed in both the Scottish Curling Senior Championships and the National Masters Curling Championship. As well as this he also won the prestigious Dolly Cup in Geneva in 2014. Alistair was the first chairman of the board of directors of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in 1997. He also chaired the World Womenâ€™s Curling Championships in Paisley in 2006.
Professionally he brings a wealth of experience from senior posts in local government and national audit office.