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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Partner at Anderson Anderson Brown LLP, and the CEO of AAB Wealth, he has extensive experience of the banking and wealth management industries, and a wide network of contacts across the professional, sporting and charitable sectors
His sporting interests include football, rugby, tennis, golf and cricket. Outside of sport, he enjoys listening to music, playing the piano and dining out.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, Finance Director
With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Sandy joined Bank of Scotland where he was predominantly a business lender for 12 years. For 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. He sold this business in December 2018 and now works with his wife Helen as a partner in her bookkeeping business.
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.
Photo galleries available for recent events :-
The very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2019 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 8th February 2019 on the eve of the Scotland v Ireland 6 Nations match, the main sponsors being Carbon Financial Partners and Prestonfield House.
The dinner raised over £60,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, Hearts and Balls and Beyond Boundaries along with many other charities.
For photos and more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.