Scottish Golf makes more business-led appointments

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir March 17, 2017 12:18

Scottish Golf has recruited two more highly qualified individuals to its board of directors.

They are Keith Macdonald, a senior marketing manager at Tesco Bank, who is also a member of Craigielaw Golf Club, and Addi Shamash, dual-qualified lawyer with HBJ Gateley, who is also a former Scotland internationalist.

“They join a board boasting a blend of business, leadership, administrative and golf expertise,” said Scottish Golf spokesman Ed Hodge.

The team of nine non-executive directors will continue to take responsibility for a number of important areas under the leadership of Eleanor Cannon, the chair of Scottish Golf.

Addi Shamash / Kenny Smith Photography

Rather than three-year terms for board members, succession planning was put in place to provide continuity and help nurture others into positions. The board also set a requirement of a minimum of three directors of each gender to ensure appropriate representation within the organisation.

The two newcomers replace Sandy Anderson and Audrey Sturgess on the board.

Cannon said: “The appointments of Keith and Addi reflect the importance of experience and continuity, combined with a fresh perspective across a number of areas. Collectively, I’m excited with the hunger and ability of the new board and I believe we can continue to work hard, alongside our new chief executive, Blane Dodds, to help grow the game and see our clubs thrive.”

The new board is set to complete a four-year strategic plan by the end of September.

Meantime, Donald Bremner (Ranfurly Castle) was voted in as the new president of Scottish Golf, succeeding Jim Burns from Stranraer Golf Club. Bremner, a retired international banker, has a wealth of golf refereeing experience and is a past president of the Renfrewshire Golf Union. Elizabeth Taylor (Prestonfield) was also appointed as senior vice president, with former Scottish Region secretary of the PGA, Malcolm Mitchell, coming in as the new junior vice president.

Keith Macdonald / Kenny Smith Photography

The new Scottish Golf board:

Eleanor Cannon, senior partner, The Rubicon Partnership (chair)

Roz Cuschieri, chief executive officer of Genius Foods (commercial)

Stewart Darling, chief executive officer of Vianet Group (participation)

Stephen Docherty, head of Global Equities for Aberdeen Asset Management (performance)

Malcolm Kpedekpo, founding partner, Panoramic Growth Equity LLP (finance)

Keith Macdonald, senior marketing manager at Tesco Bank (general)

Neil MacDonald, retired police superintendent (championships)

Malcolm Robertson, founding partner, Charlotte Street Partners (communications)

Addi Shamash, partner in Business Support and Restructuring at HBJ Gateley (general).


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir March 17, 2017 12:18
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