Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Board

Our current board members are listed below:

Alan McLaren, Chair
A partner within the Commercial Department of the solicitors, Lindsays, his wide range of clients making him a well known figure, an asset which he has brought to the Charity over the years. His interests are scuba diving, racket sports and music. Having played football, he is now content being a spectator. 

Don Young
A Director of WYM Real Estate, an Edinburgh firm of commercial real estate advisors. Proud owner of a fine moustache, member of the Governing Council of George Watson's College and of The Merchant Company's Property Committee. His interests include food, wine, ski-ing, rugby, facial topiary and theatre.

Alastair Mair
Having held treasury management roles in a number of organisations, most recently as an investment manager with Kames Capital. He is involved in various charities and youth group work while retaining his interest in rugby as an active member of Heriots.  His experience and breadth of contacts are great assets for the Charity. 

Kenny Milne
Sales Director of Barr Printers. His rugby career saw him play for Heriots, the Barbarians, Scotland and the British & Irish Lions, being a central figure in Scotland’­­s 1990 Grand Slam team. Having been involved with the Charity for 20 years, he maintains an active interest in Heriots Rugby, angling, golf and tennis.

Chris Paterson, MBE
One of Scotland’s best known rugby players, being the first player to achieve 100 caps for Scotland and the highest points scorer in the history of Scotland. Starting with Gala, he played professionally for Edinburgh. Since retiring from playing he is now an SRU Ambassador and Specialist Skills Coach. The Charity was delighted when someone as universally respected as Chris agreed to join the Board. 

Harry Richmond, Finance Director
A chartered accountant originally from Glasgow, his career saw him in various roles, latterly managing Edinburgh solicitors’ firms. He has supported the Charity since the late 1980s, becoming a full time executive director in 2003. His interests are shooting, fishing, rugby and travel. Can usually be found in that well known Edinburgh hostelry, the Canny Mans.

Fraser Porter
With extensive experience of the banking and wealth management industries, Fraser is Head of Business Development at Adam & Company responsible for delivering new wealth management business and increasing the client base throughout the UK. His sporting interests include football, rugby, tennis and cricket and with his wide network of contacts across professional, sporting, entertainment and charitable sectors Fraser is a welcome asset to the Board.

Mark Hendrie
A Director of one of Edinburgh’s conveyancing power houses with over ten years of experience in the property market as a lawyer and developer. Mark loves his rugby and he is a devoted Jambo despite the stick he takes.

David McColl
Principal of David McColl Wealth Management, an Associate Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management. He has 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry and specialises in providing Pension and Investment advice to his private and corporate clients.
David’s interests are sport generally but in particular golf and can often be seen entertaining his clients on the golf course!

Selina Van Hagen
After studying English Literature and Sociology at Aberdeen University Selina moved back to Edinburgh where she currently works in events as Sales Manager for Compass Group at Edinburgh Zoo. Recently married she lives in Stockbridge with her husband and enjoys sampling the bars and restaurants the area has to offer.

Alan McGuiggan
Alan has been the General Manager at Prestonfield for over ten years. He is an avid Edinburgh Gunner rugby supporter despite being an Ulsterman. Alan also raises funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK and The Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation through The Spring Ball at Prestonfield which he and Angus McLean formed over five years ago.

Iain Millar
A regulatory risk manager to trade, Iain is also a Co-Founder of the Scottish Bee Company, a social enterprise which aims to increase Scotland's honey bee population by bringing commercial scale to artisanal beekeeping enterprises. Now retired from a largely ornamental rugby career, Iain's sporting interests include cricket and skiing. A supporter of the Sportsman's Charity dinner of a number of years, he is delighted to be able to assist the charity.

Nick Morrall
Nick is the former Managing Director of Kingsdowne Consulting Ltd, a provider of independent liability and material damage surveys to the insurance market and health and safety management / consultancy to client organisations.

Nick has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry, working as a National Operational Manager for a major Insurer and for various Loss Adjusting companies and latterly in Risk Management.

At the weekends Nick can be found fishing, shooting or watching rugby.

Hannah Schlesinger
With 15 years of external engagement and fundraising experience in Higher Education, heritage and culture and third Sector, Hannah is now Head of Development at Edinburgh International Science Festival and leads a team developing new and existing partnerships with individuals, trusts and companies for the Festival and year-round education programme. In her spare time, Hannah loves music, running, snowboarding and sampling as many good Edinburgh restaurants as possible.

Graham Swan
With over 30 years in Financial Services, Graham recently left Stocktrade after 16 years and is currently looking at other opportunities.
His sporting interests include watching Edinburgh's finest, Hibernian, and golfing whenever possible.

Sandy Robertson

With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Sandy joined Bank of Scotland where he was predominantly a business lender for 12 years.  Nearly 20 years ago he setup One36 Computing Ltd a company which provides IT services to both personal and small business customers throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Sandy is a keen skiier and golfer. He is a member of Luffness New GC where he is currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Forthcoming Events

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2019

Friday 8th February 2019

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Event photos

Photo galleries available for 2017 events :-

Halloween SCREAM Ball
The Sportsman's Charity Golf Classic
The Sportsman's Charity Dinner

2017 Charity Dinner

The very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2017 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 3rd February 2017 on the eve of the Scotland v Ireland 6 Nations match, the main sponsor being Scotia Security Group.

The dinner raised over £60,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, Drum Riding for the Disabled Edinburgh and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland along with many other charities.

For photos and more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.