Scottish Rugby Council
The Scottish Rugby Council is elected by the rugby clubs to monitor and oversee the operation of the Scottish Rugby Board.
Scottish Rugby Council members, Season 2020/21
Ian Barr, President
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.
Colin Rigby, Vice-President
Colin Rigby joined the council following the 2017 AGM. Prior to this Colin served as National 1 Council Secretary and has been involved in various forum working parties over the preceding 8 years. Colin has served as Chairman of Stewart's Melville RFC since 2016 and is a Director of Stewart's Melville RFC Ltd, prior to this Colin was club President for 3 years and has held various other roles within the club. A former ERRS referee Colin has also been involved in the set up and creation of Stewart's Melville Rugby Academy and the junior section. In December 2017 Colin joined the Council Standing Committee on Governance.
Gordon Thomson, Premier Division representative
William Gardner, Glasgow North Regional League representative
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.
Jonathan Anderson, Schools representative
Kenneth Knott, Referees' representative
Kenneth was an active member , secretary then president of the Highland Rugby Referee Society until being elected to the SRU council as the Referees rep. He also served on the Scottish Rugby Referee Association executive including working on the governance and communication working groups.
Rosy Hume, Scottish Women's Forum representative
Rosy Hume has been a member of Murrayfield Wanderers RFC for almost 20 years, having started her playing career at Heriot Watt University.
She was also the Manager of the Scottish Women’s Rugby XV for 4 years, during which time they won the European Championships. Rosy also served as Vice Chair of the SWRU and was part of the team working towards the full integration of Women’s Rugby with the SRU.
She also serves as the Council Ambassador with the Scottish Women’s Team.
Alistair Forsyth, Scottish Borders Regional representative
Alistair has been a member of the Earlston club for 40 years, from player to serving various committee roles, ultimately being President Seasons 1996-1998. A graduate of Heriot- Watt University he also played rugby whilst attending. Following on from hanging up his boots he was elected on the then Scottish Borders Rugby Union Board. He is a past secretary of the Border League. Alistair is currently employed by Scottish Borders Council as Senior Quantity Surveyor.
Hazel Swankie, Midlands Regional representative
Hazel has been a member of Dunfermline RFC since the late 90's. She initially got involved in the fundraising and sponsoring of the club. She joined the Management Committee as secretary in 2008 and still holds this position. She has also been fixture and referee secretary, Vice President and the first female President of the club. During her time in these roles, Hazel has gained a good understanding of what challenges clubs face on a daily basis in trying to remain sustainable and financially viable.
Bob Richmond, North Regional representative
Bob joined Mackie FPs at its inception in 1976 and has been involved ever since. He has been on the committee for 42 years and served as Captain , Treasurer, Vice President , President three times and coach. Bob is currently Hon President and Chairman. He also worked with North East Hurricanes for 12 years and has a wealth of coaching experience. He spent 10 years on the old north district committee and more recently has been on the Caledonia Championship Committee for five years.
Murdo Gillanders, Edinburgh Regional representative
Murdo has been involved in Scottish club rugby for many years playing for Kelvinside Accies and GHK in his native Glasgow, before moving through to Edinburgh and joining Lismore. He is a past captain, coach and President of Lismore. Murdo is also Hon Vice President and Senior Adviser to University of Edinburgh Sports Union and Trustee of Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.
Jim O’Neill, Glasgow South Regional League Representative
Jim O'Neill has been involved in rugby all his adult life. He has been a youth coach, team Manager, Youth Convenor, and President at Irvine Rugby Club and is currently Secretary of the club. He is also a former member of Council. Now retired, Jim was a teacher, trade union official for teachers, local authority Councillor, and Parliamentary researcher and speechwriter. In retirement, he is a Chair of Children's Panels, Director of 1st Alliance Credit Union and Director and former chair of Atrium Homes.
Malcolm Offord, Exiles Representative
Malcolm is the Chairman of London Scottish (since June 2017) and he sits on the Council of SRU as the representative of the Exile clubs proposed by London Scottish and seconded by Hong Kong Scottish. He played his rugby with Greenock Wanderers, Edinburgh University and London Scottish and remains actively involved with all three clubs. London Scottish plays in the English Championship (since 2011) which is the second tier of professional rugby in England below the Premiership. Founded in 1878, London Scottish has contributed 224 international caps to Scotland and 4 British & Irish Lions captains in the amateur era. Under the current chairmanship of Offord, the club retains ambitions to contribute to the player pathway for exiled Scots to play international rugby for Scotland in the professional era.
Gerry Tosh, National Division 1 Representative
Gerry was President of Dundee High Rugby for 11 years. He played for Dundee in the late 60’s and early 70’s as an “outstanding stand-off” mostly in the 2nd string. Often compared to John Rutherford! Gerry became involved with Dundee when his eldest son was playing in the Scotland U18’s and for Dundee. He represented Dundee on the Premiership and Nat 1 fora and has been involved in various working parties representing these Fora. Gerry is still involved in the running of his family Property Business, Premier Property.
Eric Hugh, National Division 2 Representative
Eric Hugh has been a member of GHK (formerly Glasgow High) for almost 50 years, playing for 20 years and serving on the committee for most of the last 30 years. At various times he has been a selector, mini-rugby coach, touch judge and bar convenor and was club President in 2006/07. He has represented GHK on the season Structure Review in 2010/11 and at the National 2/3 Forum. A chartered accountant by profession, he retired as an associate audit and assurance partner with Big 4 firm EY at the end of 2017. He is currently President of the Glasgow High School Club, a Governor of the High School of Glasgow and the Treasurer of the High School Educational Trust.
Bobby Frazer, National Division 3 Representative
Bobby Frazer is President of Murrayfield Wanderers having previously served as a Vice President from 2015 – 2019. He is a former player for Edinburgh Wanderers and was Director of Rugby for Edinburgh University from 2000 to 2008. He is also an Honorary Vice President of Edinburgh University RFC and Dollar Academicals. He is a member of the Faculty of Advocates and in September 2020 was appointed a full-time floating Sheriff for Highlands, Grampian and Islands.
Co-opted members of the Council
Ian Rankin, Pro14 representative
Ian served as President in 2014/2015 and was appointed to the Celtic Rugby Board in 2016 as a co-opted Scottish Rugby Council member. The former captain of Edinburgh Wanderers and Howe of Fife went on to coach both sides and Kirkcaldy before taking charge of Caledonia Reds and Edinburgh Reivers. He also assisted with Scotland A and Scotland under-20 before holding the Director of Rugby position at Dundee HSFP. Ian is also the Chair of Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.
Gavin Hastings, British & Irish Lions Representative
Gavin attended George Watson’s College before attending Cambridge University where he studied Land Economy. Gavin won his first Cap for Scotland in an 18 points to 17 victory over France, kicking 6 penalty goals in the process. 60 further Caps followed including 20 as Captain and he retired having played in the first three Rugby World Cups and toured with the British Lions to Australia in 1989 and as Captain to NZ in 1993. He was a Chartered Surveyor working with CB Richard Ellis in London and Glasgow before following his passion and working in sports marketing and setting up his own business on his retirement from International Rugby.
John Halliday, Rugby Europe Representative
John was appointed to the role of Scottish Rugby’s Representative on Rugby Europe in 2019, having served for three years as the Schools’ Representative on the Council. A modern linguist by background, John was Rector of the High School of Dundee from 2008 to early 2020, his third headship, having previously been at the helm of Albyn School and Rannoch School. John also previously taught at Merchiston, Sedbergh and Dollar. Since stepping down from his role as Rector, John as been freelance as a writer and translator. A lifelong sports fan he has been an Honorary VP and member of Dundee HSFP RFC since 2008.