Board

Ken Hughes - Chairperson

Ken is Assistant Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament and has considerable experience in parliamentary and governmental affairs.


Stuart Younie - Vice-Chairperson

Stuart is the Service Manager for Sport and Active Recreation with Perth and Kinross Council and has over 15 years’ experience working in the sector with particular experience of strategic planning within a local authority/community planning setting.


Kim Atkinson

Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Sports Association. She took up post in March 2010 following a wide ranging involvement in sport, especially within governing bodies of sport.


Dennis Breugelmans

Dennis is currently Group Business Development Director for SSE plc, a FTSE 30 company. A former professional tennis player and coach, Dennis’ 7 year career with SSE has also included as Corporate Finance Manager, Managing Director for Wind Towers (Scotland) and Managing Director for SSE Enterprise Contracting. 


Malcolm Cannon

Malcolm is currently CEO for our members at Cricket Scotland. Over the past two years’ in this post, Malcolm has an understanding of the needs, challenges and opportunities facing our members and sport more broadly. 


Sharon Drysdale

Sharon is currently Head of Policy for Skills and Outcome Agreement Manager for the Scottish Funding Council, having previously been Associate Principal, Faculty of Science, Sport and Engineering, at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. 


Flora Jackson

Flora has worked in the field of physical activity for health most of her professional life. With a background in Sport and Exercise Science and Physical Education, Flora has worked in various Local Authority and NHS settings. 


Mark Kernaghan - Financial Director

Mark is Financial Director at the SSA. He is a qualified actuary and is currently a Financial Controller at Prudential having previously worked in a range of senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Scottish Widows and Hymans Robertson.


Gareth Maritz

Gareth is currently Commercial Sales Manager for our members at Scottish Rugby. His previous roles, including as Account and Bid Manager (Dell) and Business Development Manager (PRM Group), include experience in sponsorship, branding and marketing, business development, value appraisals and managing procurement and tendering processes


Jillian Merchant

Jillian is currently a Senior Solicitor with Thompsons Solicitors, specialising in equalities law and professional regulation. She is a strong advocate of equalities and is a sought after contributor for broadcast and print media. 


Andy Murray

Andy is currently Coaching and Development Manager for the Scottish Canoe Association, leading on all aspects of coach education and development.


Susan Rowand

Susan is currently Head of Business Banking in Scotland for HSBC Bank plc. With 20 years of experience in professional banking, in her current role she sets and implements their strategy. This incorporates: client satisfaction, financial objectives, employee engagement and development, operational risk as well as evaluating, challenging and monitoring all aspects of business performance. 


Bryan Winning

Bryan is currently Business Development Director of Oman Sail and his family is relocating to Scotland. He has 20 years of experience in commercial sport, predominantly in sponsorship sales, business development and more recently in utilising CSR approaches and accessing funding. He has direct responsibility for maximising the sales and business development activities and creating and managing private sector funding partnerships.