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 2018/19
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.
Ian Barr, Vice 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.
Peter Laverie, Premier Division representative
Peter has been involved in coaching club rugby at National and Premiership levels for over 20 years. During that time he has also coached age grade rugby at district and international level and with the Club International side. He has been involved in coach education as well as chairing the Premiership forum for four years. Peter is a Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Glasgow Clyde College.
Colin Rigby, National Division 1 representative
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.
Andrew Little, National Division 3 representative
Andrew played rugby at junior and senior level in his home town of Galashiels. Andy joined Highland RFC in 1974 and played for 13 years. He was Head Coach from 1987 to 1993, Club President from 2000 to 2002, Director of Rugby from 2003 to 2008 before taking on his present role as Club Chairman. In this role he has been leading a sub-committee to work with Highland Council, Scottish Rugby, Sportscotland and Highlife Highland to deliver a major redevelopment of facilities at Canal Park which were completed in 2017. Andy is a former member of the Caledonia Rugby Board and former North District Committee Member.
William Gardner, Glasgow North Regional League representative
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, Glasgow South Regional Leagues representative
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.
Dr. John Halliday, Schools representative
John has been the Rector of the High School of Dundee since 2008, his third headship having previously been at the helm of Albyn School, and Rannoch School. He is also a Governor of St Aloysius’ College, and previously also taught at Merchiston, Sedbergh and Dollar. He currently chairs the SRU National Schools Forum. He is dedicated to the vision that sport can transform lives and is a powerful motor for developing grounded young people ready to take on the challenges of the world.
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.
Graeme Scott – National Division 2 Rep
Graeme Scott joined the Council following the 2014 AGM. Prior to his appointment, Graeme served as the Championship Club Forum Secretary. He remains Honorary Secretary of Whitecraigs Rugby Club where he also been President, Captain and Director of Rugby. He is also Company Secretary of Whitecraigs Rugby Club Ltd.
Co-opted members of the Council
John Jeffrey, World Rugby | Six Nations representative
John won 40 caps for Scotland and was a member of the Grand Slam team of 1990. He was also a British Lion and continues to promote Scottish Rugby’s interests through serving as a co-opted member of the Council by representing Scottish Rugby at World Rugby where he sits on the EXCO and chairs the Rugby Committee and on the Six Nations Council where he is vice-chairman.
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.
Douglas Struth, Council Secretary