Observatory for Sport in Scotland

Who We Are

 The Board of Trustees

Charlie RaeburnCharlie Raeburn, Board Treasurer and Interim Chair

Member of the Executive of the International School Sports Federation

Now retired, Charlie, during his working career was a PE teacher,PE adviser (Lothian Regional Council), Sport and Recreation Manager (West Lothian Council)and held various postions including ; Chair of Local Authorities PE Network, Chair Scottish Schoolsport Federation; and Member of the Scottish Executive PE Review.  He is currently is a member of the International Schoolsport Federation Executive (ISF) and the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Sport. He has been a volunteer throughout his adult life in various positions including Swimming Coach ( age group/national performance/masters); Swimming Manager (Convenor) at Warrender BC and Chair of Scottish Schools Swimming Association.

Of OSS Charlie said:
 
My personal concerns are that Scotland should try harder to increase participation in the full spectrum of sports and activities, should strengthen the often fragile Scottish sports infrastructure, and encourage more playfulness in school and community sport.   To support these aspirations OSS can help to develop more informed discussions, involving the many stakeholders in sport – about how we can nurture sport for people

 

Claire PhillipsClaire Phillips, Board Secretary

Claire has spent the bulk of her career working in the public/ private delivery of built infrastructure. She has worked across the UK and internationally.

As a Director and Executive Board Member of Local Partnerships LLP from 2009-2013, a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association, she led teams working across programmes of energy efficiency, built and digital infrastructure, and social fund management. Prior to Local Partnerships Claire worked for Partnerships UK, heading up their Scottish business from 2004. A Chartered Architect by profession Claire received her Honours Degree and Diploma from the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Glasgow University.

Claire has been involved in various sports all her life, athletics and hockey being her early interests, but she now focuses on trying to reduce her golf handicap.

Of OSS Claire said:

Regardless of ability I have a strong belief in the positive benefits sport can bring. Improved health and fitness of course, but for me it has often exemplified the essence of teamwork, and perhaps even more often it has been a basis for lifelong friendships. I hope OSS can help policymakers and funders find ways to better integrate sport as a part of day-to-day Scottish life, as I believe Scotland will be much the better for it.

 

Henrik H BrandtHenrik H Brandt

Director of the Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idan), since 2011 including Play the Game and since 2013 the Danish Institute for non-Formal Education (Videncenter for Folkeoplysning). In his capacity as a director since 2005 Henrik H. Brandt has been responsible for establishing and building an institute which is today an important knowledge and research centre in the field of Danish and international sports politics and non-formal education with a large network among media, researchers and stakeholders in the Danish and international sports sector.

 

Professor Koen BreedveldProfessor Koen Breedveld

Managing Director of the Mulier Institute – the leading social science sport research institute in the Netherlands. In addition, he is Professor in Sport Sociology and Sport Policy in the Department of Sociology, Radboud University Nijmegen, as well as the current coordinator of the Research Network on Sport of the European Sociological Association. His research interests include sport participation and sport policies, and trends and developments in sports. He has published numerous reports and articles on sports, in academic journals as well as in policy-reports and in the media.

 

sir-menzies-campbell-mpMenzies Campbell

The Rt Hon. the Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC

Lord Campbell is a former leader of the Liberal Democratic party and one of the most respected and recognisable politicians of his generation. He was MP North East Fife for over a quarter of a century between 1987 and 2015. He holds honorary degrees from Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities and from St Andrews University of which he is currently the University Chancellor.
He graduated from Glasgow University with an MA and a LLB, before going on to post-graduate studies in international law at Stanford University, California.

A keen sportsman he ran in the Tokyo Olympics, held the British record for the 100 metre sprint between 1967 and 1974, and captained the Great Britain athletics team in 1965 and 1966.

Of the Observatory for Sport in Scotland he said:

As a lifelong sportsman, and a believer in the positive impact sport can have for all of society, I believe in having an open and non-partisan debate on how best to bring about a better sporting Scotland. Robust data and objective research are the foundation for such a debate and the actions that should l follow. I am pleased to play my part in making OSS a success.

 

martin-gilbertMartin Gilbert

Graduating from Aberdeen University in 1978 with a MA in Accountancy and LLB in Law, Martin Gilbert became co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983. Under Martin’s leadership, Aberdeen has become one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. Aberdeen Asset Management has become known for its involvement in Scottish sport and Martin was a keen sportsman himself, playing hockey to a high-level whilst also sailing the Atlantic in a Beneteau 45F5 in 1990. The company participates in sponsorships where it can get actively involved and make a difference to an event, individual or team across key sports such as golf, sailing and rugby. Martin is also Deputy Chairman of British Sky Broadcasting Group.

 

david-riderDavid Rider

David serves as the Development Director for Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. He is responsible, for fundraising and development at the School, leading the ‘It’s Time for Sport’ fundraising appeal to construct two artificial pitches, a new swimming pool and a new sports complex at a cost of £12m. David has a broad remit which covers special projects and income generation. He serves as Scotland Regional Vice President for Institute of Development Professionals in Education.

 

The Working Group

Charlie RaeburnCharlie Raeburn
Chair of the Group; Treasurer of the Observatory for Sport in Scotland Board

Now retired, Charlie, during his working career was a PE teacher,PE adviser (Lothian Regional Council), Sport and Recreation Manager (West Lothian Council)and held various postions including ; Chair of Local Authorities PE Network, Chair Scottish Schoolsport Federation; and Member of the Scottish Executive PE Review.  He is currently is a member of the International Schoolsport Federation Executive (ISF) and the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Sport. He has been a volunteer throughout his adult life in various positions including Swimming Coach ( age group/national performance/masters); Swimming Manager (Convenor) at Warrender BC and Chair of Scottish Schools Swimming Association.

Iain MoreIain More
Founder, Iain More Associates, now More Partnership; Governor, George Watson’s College; former Director of Development, University of Edinburgh and INSEAD. Higher Education: University of St Andrews – History and English; Loughborough College – Diploma in Physical Education; University of Oregon – MSc in Physical Education. Iain was an international swimmer for Scotland and Great Britain. His commitment to OSS is inspired by the creativity and persistence of his friend Charlie Raeburn in setting up OSS and his close to lifelong interest in participating in sport.

 

Claire PhillipsClaire Phillips

Business Consultant; Secretary of the Observatory for Sport in Scotland Board.

Claire most recently was a Director, and sat on the Board of Local Partnerships LLP, a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association, Operationally she had responsibility for strategic business planning and risk management, helping to grow the business turnover by 60% between 2010 and 2013. Prior to Local Partnerships Claire worked for Partnerships UK, heading up their Scottish business from 2004. She joined Partnerships UK from West Lothian Council where she worked for the Education Service, managing their property portfolio and capital investment programme.