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 2020/21 (Directors of Scottish Rugby Union Ltd)

  • John Jeffrey, Interim Chairman

    Appointed as Interim Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director, May 2020

    John was appointed as Interim Chairman on 26 May 2020. A former British Lion, John continues to promote Scottish Rugby, representing them at World Rugby where he sits on the EXCO and chairs the Rugby Committee as well as being the Six Nations Council Chairman. John earned 40 caps for Scotland between 1984 and 1992. He is a farmer in Kelso and previously chaired the Moredun Research Institute. John is also a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the Scottish Borders.

  • Ian Barr, President

    Ian was appointed to the Board on 28 April 2020. Ian is currently managing the family farming and sportsground contracting business and is a spin Instructor for Midlothian Council. Ian was President of Lasswade RFC for 15 years, served on the Scottish Rugby Council from 2012-2017 with 2 years on the Board and was a Scotland under 20 Ambassador from 2013 -2017.

  • 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

    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 Pro14 Audit Committee, the EPCR Finance Committee, and 6 Nations Audit & Risk Committee.

    Year joined: 2013

  • Robert Howat, General Counsel

    Year joined: 2013

    Robert joined Scottish Rugby as General Counsel in January 2013 and oversees the Legal & Governance Department. He became a Board Director in July 2015 and is also a Board Member of European Professional Club Rugby, Chair of its Regulations Committee and participates in various other EPCR Committees and Working Groups. Prior to taking his role at Scottish Rugby, Robert was Company Secretary at Celtic FC for over 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, the organisation has been transformed off the field. This includes revenues hitting record levels growing from around £32M to almost £60M in recent years thanks in part to regularly selling out matches at BT Murrayfield, the expansion of our blue chip partner family including partners such as BT, Macron and Royal Bank of Scotland and securing landmark Broadcasting deals.

    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 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.

    As an Executive Director of the Board he represents Scottish Rugby as a Non Executive Director on the Guinness Pro14 Board and also an Executive Board Director of European Rugby governing body, Rugby Europe. He was recently appointed a Non Executive Director of the ‘Old Glory DC’ the recently founded Major league Rugby team based in Washington D.C.

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

  • Lesley Thomson QC, Independent non-executive Director

    Appointed 1 October 2013

    Lesley was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2013, re-appointed from 1 October 2016, with a renewal for a further 3 years from 1 October 2019. Lesley is the former Solicitor General for Scotland and former General Committee member at Melrose RFC, Lesley was the first woman to sit on the Scottish Rugby Board.

  • David McMillan, Independent non-executive Director

    Appointed to the board on 1 March 2017. In March 2020 he was re-appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director for a further three year period.

    David McMillan joined esure Group Plc in July 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. David was formerly Group COO of QBE, the Australian listed global insurer. Prior to that David spent 15 years with insurance firm Aviva plc, laterally as Chairman, Global Healthcare and CEO, Europe and India. In his time at Aviva he held several senior roles including CEO for UK & Ireland and Chairman of the RAC. David, who is based in Edinburgh is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He started his career with Hewlett Packard before spending nine years in management consultancy at PwC.

  • William Gardner, Council Nominated Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board at the 2018 AGM

    William is a past President and Life Member of Lanark Rugby Football Club.He was re-elected as the Glasgow North Representative on the SRU Council in 2019 and is also a Council Representative on the Advisory Group to the West Regional Academy Group. He is a Trustee of the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.

  • Julia Bracewell, Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board on 2 April 2019.

    An English solicitor, Julia was formerly a partner in the US law firms of WilmerHale and Morrison & Foerster. Today she is a director of McCarthy Denning where she advises funds and New York Stock Exchange listed clients on English corporate and finance law. She started her career on the trading floor of British Petroleum before moving to BP Group legal where she advised on international legal matters. As a fencer, Julia won bronze medals for Scotland at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in 1986 and 1990 and represented Great Britain at the 1992 Olympic Games. As well as her professional legal skills she brings a wealth of experience in grassroots, development and performance sport through her experience as a board member of the English Sports Council and UKSport and member of the Nation and Regions Group of the London 2012 Olympics. She was the first female chair of sportscotland and chaired the international drafting group of the Brighton Declaration on women’s rights in sport. In 1999 Julia was awarded an OBE for services to sport, in particular fencing.

  • Malcolm Offord, Council Nominated Non-Executive Director
  • Bob Richmond, Council Nominated Non-Executive Director

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