Scottish Rugby Board


Scottish Rugby Board

The Scottish Rugby Board is responsible for the management of Scottish Rugby and also serves as the Board of Scottish Rugby Union Ltd. The Board comprises four non-executive directors, four representatives of the Scottish Rugby Council and up to four executive directors.

SCOTTISH RUGBY BOARD, Season 2018/19 (Directors of Scottish Rugby Union Ltd)

Colin Grassie, Chairman

Year joined: 2012

Colin Grassie joined the Board of Scottish Rugby on 1st July 2012 and was appointed as its Chairman with effect on 1 January 2017. A former CEO in the UK and former member of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank, Colin brings a wealth of experience to the role. 

Colin is a former triathlete and sits on the Advisory Board of Winning Scotland, the foundation that encourages young people to achieve success through sport. He is also chair of the Development Trust of the Glasgow School of Art and sits on the Board of Governors of Fettes College in Edinburgh.

Colin's terms as Chairman will run until 31 December 2019. 


Dee Bradbury, President

Dee was elected as Vice-President at the 2016 AGM and ratified as President at the AGM in 2018. 

A founding member of the women’s section at Oban Lorne R.F.C., Dee went on to occupy several Committee roles within the club and is now Honorary President of Oban Lorne R.F.C. She was a Police Officer with Strathclyde Police and latterly Police Scotland and is now retired. Dee currently sits as Scottish Rugby’s representative to Rugby Europe and is also on the Women’s Committee for Rugby Europe. She has previously managed Scotland Women U18. An accomplished athlete, she has represented Scotland and GB in athletics as junior and Masters level. Married with two sons, one playing professionally for Edinburgh Rugby and the other currently enjoying University rugby having previously represented Scotland at U20 Level.

Mark Dodson, Chief Executive

Year joined: 2011

Mark Dodson was appointed to the role of chief executive in September 2011 following an extensive recruitment process that was led by the Scottish Rugby Chairman Sir Moir Lockhead and Scottish Rugby President and former Scotland and British Lions Captain Ian McLauchlan. 

Mark began his career in 1979 working for the Guardian Media Group and then moving on to Reed Regional Newspapers. He then returned to GMG in 1988 to work in the Advertisement Department of the Manchester Evening News, becoming Advertisement Director in 1992. In 2000, he was appointed as a non-executive Director of GMG Radio, which grew to become one of the top five radio companies in the UK.

In October 2005, Mark became chief executive officer of Guardian Media Group Regional Media, and was also appointed to the Guardian Media Group Board the same month. Mark departed GMGR following the successful acquisition of GMGR by Trinity Mirror in 2010. Mark is one of Scottish Rugby's representatives on the IRB. 




Andrew Healy, Finance Director

Year joined: 2013

Andrew Healy started with Scottish Rugby in 2007 as Financial Controller, and in 2013 joined the Board as Finance Director.  He is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Ernst & Young, and is responsible for all aspects of Finance within the organisation.

Born in Glasgow, he played with GHA for a number of years, before retiring and taking up refereeing for a further nine years.  He played for Glasgow Schools, Glasgow U18 and Glasgow U21.  Now living in Edinburgh, he represents Scottish Rugby on the ERC Finance Committee.



Robert Howat, General Counsel

Year joined: 2013

Robert joined Scottish Rugby as General Counsel in January 2013 and oversees the Legal & Governance Department, Human Resources and Health & Safety functions.  Robert became a Board Director in July 2015 and is also a Director of European professional Club Rugby and sits on its Regulations Committee.  Prior to taking his role at Scottish Rugby, Robert was Company Secretary at Celtic FC for 11 years. 


Dominic McKay, Chief Operating Officer

Year joined: 2008

Dominic McKay is Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer.

Dominic joined Scottish Rugby in January 2008 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs from his previous post at drinks giant Pernod Ricard at the age of 29.

Dominic took up a widened set of Group responsibilities in 2011. As Chief Operating Officer for Scottish Rugby he leads the following teams and departments.  

During his time as COO of Scottish Rugby turnover has hit record levels growing from around £32M to £50M in recent years thanks to regularly selling out matches at BT Murrayfield and the expansion of our blue chip partner family including partners such as BT, Macron and Royal Bank of Scotland.

He is responsible for all Group Commercial, Sponsorship, Media, Marketing & Brand, Events, Ticketing, Retail, Business Services, Corporate Affairs  and the management of BT Murrayfield Stadium activity for Scottish Rugby.

He also oversees the off field activity of Scotland's two Professional teams Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby and has played a leading role in their development and success in recent years.  

He is a Director of the Guinness Pro14 Board and also an Executive Board Director of European Rugby governing body, Rugby Europe

He is a keen sailor and is Chairman and Trustee of the Sailing Charity 'Ocean Youth Trust Scotland'.  

  Rugby Europe      


Ian McLauchlan, Non-Executive Director

Year joined: 2010

Board term: second term (2016-18)

Ian McLauchlan was born in Tarbolton, Ayrshire and educated at Ayr Academy and Jordanhill College where he studied Physical Education. He was a teacher for 14 years before setting up his own marketing and sponsorship business. He is also a successful journalist and BBC commentator. 

Ian played his rugby with Jordanhill, Glasgow and Natal and was capped for Scotland 43 times, 19 as Captain. He also captained the Barbarians and the Wolfhounds and played in all the tests in the two successful British Lions Tours of New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974. He is Chairman of the British and Irish Lions Trust and a Director of the Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust. He was elected Scottish Rugby President in June 2010 and served in this role in 2010/11 and 2011/12. 

Ian was appointed as a non Executive Director on the Scottish Rugby Board with effect from 1 July 2012.


Graeme Scott, Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 19 January 2018

Graeme has been a member of Whitecraigs Rugby Club since 1970 and has been a player, Captain, President and Director of Rugby. He still maintains a strong connection with the Club and is currently Hon Secretary. Graeme was elected to the Board in January 2018. He has been actively involved in the Club Fora for the last 12 years.


Lesley Thomson, Non-Executive Director

Appointed on 1 October 2013 for 3 years.  Re-appointed for a further 3 years with effect from 1 October 2016.

Scotland’s Solicitor General and a former general committee member at Melrose RFC, Lesley was appointed to the Board in 2013, the first woman to be appointed to the Board of Scottish Rugby.



David McMillan, Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the board on 1 March 2017. 

David joined QBE as Group COO and is responsible for Strategy, Digital, Technology, Transformation and Operations. Prior to that David spent the last 15 years with insurance firm Aviva plc, rising to become Chairman, Global Healthcare and CEO, Europe and India in 2013. A Chartered Management Accountant, David has an MBA from the University of Chicago and started his career with Hewlett Packard before spending nine years in management consultancy at PwC.


William Gardner

Appointed to the Board at the 2018 AGM

William is a Past President and Life Member of Lanark Rugby Football Club.  He is also a Glasgow North Clubs Representative on the West Region Championship Committee, Council Representative on the Advisory Group to the West Regional Academy Group, member of the Player Retention Group and Trustee of the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.


Adam Gray

Appointed to the Board at the 2018 AGM

Adam is a past Captain of Stewartry RFC, whom he also coached from 1992 -2005, being awarded National League Coach of the year in 2005. He is an accredited level three Coach. From 2006-2010 he was employed by Scottish Rugby as a Performance Development Manager in the Glasgow South region. From 2011-2013 he served on the Referees selection Panel.