Martin Gilbert named as new chair of Scottish Golf

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir December 1, 2020 09:02

Congratulations to Martin Gilbert, who will be named as the new chair of Scottish Golf, the national governing body of the sport in Scotland, in early 2021.

The Scottish Golf board has announced that Martin, one of Scotland’s best-known business figures, and an active supporter of golf in Scotland for over 20 years, will be presented as chair-elect at the AGM in March 2021, when Eleanor Cannon will step down after a six-year term as chair.

Martin’s support for golf in Scotland firstly appeared through Aberdeen Asset Management and latterly Aberdeen Standard Investments. Via his businesses he has also sponsored leading Scottish golfers including Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie, Women’s Open winner Catriona Matthew and recent European Tour winner, Robert MacIntyre.

Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert said: “As many people know, golf has been a lifelong passion of mine and I’m hugely excited to be taking up this role in the Home of Golf. I commend Eleanor and her team for their sterling leadership of the new, amalgamated body since its inception in 2015.

“The strategic direction that has been adopted by Scottish Golf is bold and exciting. I am very much looking forward to progressing this strategy and working closely with the board, the team and the membership in continuing to develop the game, at all levels, in Scotland.”

Eleanor Cannon said: “This is a tremendous coup for golf in Scotland and the entire board is delighted that Martin, whose passion and support for the sport are very widely known, has agreed to take on this role next year.

“His achievements, both in business globally and in his role as the biggest supporter of Scottish Golf over the past two decades, speak for themselves and I am sure his dynamic approach will allow Scottish Golf to flourish. I am extremely pleased that our members and our sport will benefit from Martin’s guidance and undoubted love for golf in the years ahead.”

A number of people in the industry are congratulating Martin on LinkedIn.

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir December 1, 2020 09:02
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  1. ErnieLong December 6, 15:24

    A voluntary figurehead role imparting wisdom from the private jet via zoom ?

    So its Davos or a Scottish golf meeting ?

    Someone who will stand up to Trump ???

    Id love to know this guys carbon footprint ?

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  2. KenH November 30, 19:56

    Congratulations Martin. A great appointment for Scottish golf. The best of luck.

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