Board of Directors

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Chair

Angus Loudon

The Chair is an Officer of the Board and a Non-Executive Director, appointed in accordance with the Articles of Association and with direct line management responsibility for the senior staff of STS. The main responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of STS’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan
  • Act as a lead figure for and represent STS at various formal and informal functions and meetings
  • Ensure effective and efficient operation of the Board in fulfilling its legal and governance obligations
  • Support and manage the performance of senior staff against agreed objectives, including an annual appraisal
  • Forge partnerships with relevant agencies
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Set the agenda, chair and plan the annual cycle of Board meetings
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Liaise with senior staff to keep an overview of the company’s affairs, provide support as appropriate and develop the Board
  • Sit on appointment, grievance and disciplinary panels as appropriate
  • Facilitate organisational change and development
 

Sport Vice Chair

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson spent 36 years with Continental Tyres in manufacturing, starting as a Technician at the Newbridge factory in Edinburgh in 1976 and worked his way up to Managing Director of the Company in Wigan following, three years in Sweden, by the time of his retirement. Ian was responsible for many projects all over Europe and one in the USA, enjoying his job until the last day. Ian took early retirement due to his wife’s deterioration due to Huntington’s Disease.

Ian's shooting career started at school in the Cadet Force involving both smallbore and fullbore. He focussed on smallbore after leaving school and when the school CCF disbanded he formed the Junior Club at George Watson’s College, developing it into one of the strongest Junior clubs in the country. The Former Pupils club continues to benefit from the return of pupils to Edinburgh. 

Ian is currently focussing on the Scottish Junior Squad, the Scottish School’s Team and Club Instructor’s Courses, especially for Universities and Schools.

Outside of shooting, his other hobbies are golf, single malt whisky and classic cars.

Responsibilities

The Sport Vice Chair of STS leads the Sports Development Group in reviewing the generic sports development activity carried out by the company. The role also supports the Chair in ensuring the Board fulfils its strategic, governance and leadership responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Set the agenda, chair, facilitate and plan the annual cycle of Sports Development Group meetings
  • Provide a strategic lead for staff on sports development matters
  • In the absence of the Chair, chair Board meetings and AGMs / EGMs
  • In the absence of the Chair, represent STS at various formal and informal functions and meetings
  • Ensure the integrity of information presented by the Sports Development Group
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair

business Vice Chair

Mike Barlow

Responsibilities

The Business Vice Chair of STS leads the Business Management Group in reviewing the governance and corporate effectiveness of the company. The role also supports the Chair in ensuring the Board fulfils its strategic, governance and leadership responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Set the agenda, chair, facilitate and plan the annual cycle of Business Management Group meetings
  • Provide a strategic lead for staff on governance and corporate matters to ensure it is efficient, effective and fit-for-purpose
  • In the absence of the Chair, represent STS at various formal and informal functions and meetings
  • Scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives
  • Work with the Finance & Fundraising Director to ensure the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair
 

Coaching & Officials Director

John Kemp

John is a keen clay target shooter having taken up the sport around the time of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. A member of Glenmoriston Shooting Ground he has now represented Scotland in Olympic Trap on a number of occasions.

He has worked in various sports development roles internationally and in Scotland. His particular area of focus is the growth of sports through participation programmes, coaching, club development and sport venue development. He currently works as National Development Manager for Bowls Scotland.

Responsibilities

The Coaching and Officials Director will lead the development of the pool of coaching and officials, growing the number and quality of both across all disciplines to meet the STS's strategic objectives of growing the sport at the grassroots level and delivering sustainable world class performances that ensure Scotland is consistently competing for medals at international events. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Take the strategic lead in developing pathways for coaches and officials
  • Take the strategic lead in developing new coaching and officiating qualifications
  • Support staff in delivering a CPD programme for coaches and officials that is accessible and consistent across all disciplines
  • Support the Sports Vice Chair in leading the Sports Development Group
  • Work with the Performance & Pathways Director to ensure strategic aspirations for coaching, participation and performance align across all disciplines
  • Forge partnerships to seek new development opportunities for coaches and officials
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair

Performance & Pathways director

Gareth McKenna

Responsibilities

The Performance and Pathways Director is to lead putting systems in place so athletes showing potential can be identified and are able to access opportunities enabling them to reach their potential. The role will also provide multiple and clear entry points regardless of age or experience and participation structures for all levels from recreational club member to high performance athletes. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee a performance pathway enabling shooters to maximise their performance potential
  • Working with sportscotland’s Performance Partnership Manager to set the agenda, chair, facilitate and plan the annual cycle of the Performance Group meetings
  • Support staff in bringing people of all ages and abilities into the sport and retaining them
  • Work with the Coaching & Officials Director to ensure strategic aspirations for coaching, participation and performance align across all disciplines
  • Support the performance manager in managing the relationship with sportscotland’s Institute of Sport
  • Support the performance manager in setting and monitoring clear and consistent criteria, goals and objectives for athletes on STS programmes
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair
 

Finance & Fundraising Director

Amanda Cobb

Responsibilities

The Finance and Fundraising Director provides  strategic leadership over the company’s financial affairs, ensuring the integrity of financial information sent to the Board and, where necessary, external parties such as investors or financial institutions. The role also ensures that the Board fulfils its financial responsibilities and works with staff to set and monitor budgets. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Take the strategic lead on ensuring accounting and auditing systems are robust, secure and fit for purpose
  • Work with staff to prepare budgets and present accurate financial information at each Board meeting
  • Support the Business Vice Chair in leading the Business Management Group
  • Advise on company policies regarding capital requirements, debt and taxation
  • Work with the company’s appointed accountants in preparing the annual accounts
  • Ensure that all regulatory requirements of statutory bodies are met regarding the company's financial affairs
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair

Marketing & Communications Director

Paul McFarlane

Paul McFarlane is 57 years old, has been married to Margo for 35 years and has two daughters and a son.  His hobbies are family, listening to a broad range of music, football and trying to get to the gym at least 3 times a week.

Paul was Head of Sales for Hallmark Cards in the UKand Ireland in a career which spanned in excess of 30 years.  Most of his roles were in the fields of sales and marketing but also involved a time on the retail property side where he was involved in opening Hallmark stores, as well as being the Training manager where his main brief was to ensure the highest standards were consistently applied by the sales teams so has a great understanding of the need for consistency and transparency.

He has also been involved in the SVQ industry getting young people and their employers involved in vocational training, as well as running training courses for the unemployed in conjunction with the DWP.

A strong team player believing in clear communication and accountability, Paul is looking forward to playing his part in helping promote the benefits and increase the awareness of Scottish Target Shooting.

Responsibilities

The Marketing and Communications Director provides the strategic lead in planning the promotion of STS, its event and its benefits. The role also leads the development of a communications strategy which will guide staff on communication with new and existing members and stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide the strategic lead in developing a communication strategy for the company
  • Report to the Board on the effectiveness of STS’s communications
  • Provide support and advice to staff on specific communications issues
  • Provide the strategic lead in developing systems to help the company better understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Complete any additional projects as requested by the Chair
 

Association Management Group Chairs

Responsibilities

The AMG Chair is to plan and oversee the programme of events for disciplines managed by that AMG. The role will also represent the view of STS members from the disciplines overseen by that AMG, keeping the Board informed of any developments that may impact members. Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Form an Association Management Group (AMG) from the membership of STS with that primary discipline
  • Set the agenda, chair, facilitate and plan the annual cycle of AMG meetings
  • Work with STS staff and the AMG to plan, budget and deliver a calendar of events and activities that meets the needs of STS members in disciplines covered by that AMG
  • Lead partnerships on behalf of the Board with agencies relevant to disciplines covered by that AMG to ensure the interests of STS and its members are represented
  • Understand the views of the membership directly and through fellow directors and staff
  • Completing any additional projects as requested by the Chair
 

Air AMG Chair

Graham Ellis

 

Clay AMG Chair

Keith Shields

 

Fullbore Rifle AMG Chair

Tim Kidner

Tim went to Southampton University where he studied Chemistry and started work in a research centre in the paper manufacturing industry working on the development of several speciality paper products.  He carried out technical development work in a number of different manufacturing sites in Scotland and England and then moved from R&D into production management and then onto responsibility for a number of manufacturing sites. When he retired in 2006 after 37 years he was based in Aberdeen where he still lives today.

Tim started shooting at school, shooting both smallbore and fullbore prone rifle and continued at University where he won the University Athletic Union Smallbore Championships. Tim has represented Great Britain and Scotland in Target Rifle, Match Rifle and F-Class shooting disciplines and also represented Scotland in Smallbore shooting and has been in touring teams to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. He has also won a number of major competitions over the years including the Bisley Target Rifle Grand Aggregate in 2004.

In recent years Tim has been involved in the organisation of shooting events and was Chairman of the Scottish Rifle Association for 12 years. He has helped in organising and running the Commonwealth Games fullbore shooting events for the 1986 Edinburgh, 2002 Manchester and 2014 Glasgow Games and has have recently been appointed as Chairman of the Fullbore Jury for the 2018 Games in Australia.   Tim continues to shoot regularly in both smallbore and fullbore shooting competitions. 

Pistol & Gallery Rifle AMG Chair

Tim Liddon

I am Chair of the Pistol and Gallery Rifle AMG following the merger of SPA into STS. I dabble in pistol shooting in due deference to my daughters (and wife), who came up through Pony Club Tetrathlon (Ride, Run, Shoot and Swim). Kirsty, my elder daughter, runs the Scottish Tetrathlon training camps and my younger daughter is in the Pistol High Performance squad.

I have always been involved in competitive sport from my University days competing for Aberdeen University and Scotland in Canoe White Water River Racing. I then ‘graduated’ into orienteering, marathons and mountain marathons, winning the 1991 KIMM long score class in the Arrochar Alps.

My day job is in forestry where I am now the Forestry Director for the largest Forest management company in the UK, which gives me all sorts of transferable generic skill sets from people skills to health and safety.

Pistol shooting has had some hard times but it is a sport that is addictive and compulsive and relatively easy to get into. My ambition is to help to get more people shooting more, and in so doing help young people realise their potential.

     

    Smallbore Rifle AMG Chair

    Martin Sinclair

    Martin grew up in Longniddry in East Lothian and studied at Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen before working as a Consultant Construction Project Manager for a number of organisations since the late 1980’s.

    He has been a Partner with Gardiner & Theobald in Edinburgh since 2006 where he specialises in the redevelopment of arts and heritage properties. 

    Martin started his shooting career in 10m air rifle at Meadowbank in the early 1980’s, and is now a keen small bore rifle shooter and a member of both Dunfermline Small Bore Rifle Club and Balerno & Currie Rifle Club.

    He has served as Vice President and Match Secretary at Dunfermline since 2012 and has served on the committee at Balerno & Currie since 2016. He has also served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Perthshire Small Bore Rifle Association since 2012. He also acted as Sports Information Team Leader at Barry Buddon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Martin lives in Dalgety Bay in Fife with his wife and two teenage sons.