The AGM took place today and the following 3 people were appointed/elected to the Board:
Dean Hollis - General Director
Dean applied to join the SCA Board to put something back into the sport that he has enjoyed as a coach, GB team athlete and volunteer. After college Dean worked full time at an outdoor centre and volunteered at his local canoe clubs until starting to compete at international level in Slalom and going on to win a Bronze medal at the European Wild Water Racing Championships. He understands the valuable contribution volunteers make to the sport.
Dean’s professional background is as a Project, Programme and Portfolio Manager working for IT consultancy companies. This job requires strong financial management, working and negotiating with senior stockholders, management of risk, planning and working with multi-disciplined teams. The application of these skills as an SCA Director will have a positive contribution to the SCA Board and wider organisation.
From 2012 to 2014 Dean worked with a team supporting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, developing, supplying and supporting the Internet Results Service, the Games Management System. This gave Dean a good insight into how sporting events and other sport-related projects are run and managed. This demonstrated the role IT plays in the world of sport - both for athletes and other stakeholders and gave Dean an insight into the complex organisation, risk analysis and contingency planning required to run a successful event.
Dean has had a break from our sport due to work and family commitments and is now ready to apply his passion for paddling to enable the next generation of paddlers to enjoy the same opportunities and experiences.
Claire Chapman - General Director
Claire has been an active committee member of a paddling club for some years, and has a good understanding of the strategy and commitment of the SCA. Claire has been a keen canoeist for 25 years and is now also involved as a parent of canoeing children. Claire has been the Secretary of Edinburgh Kayak Club since 2014, and the committee successfully applied in 2015 for £40 000 of public funding for a shed building project, which has just been completed.
In her professional career Claire deals with a variety of third party regulators such as SEPA and OFGEM and public bodies and land-owners. Her determinations to see things through, and her understanding of environmental regulations has been an essential tool in getting sites over the finish line with respect to licencing. Claire is a regular speaker at Renewable events, and her enthusiasm and commitment to renewable topics has helped engage third parties who are potential partners to the SCA. Claire has recently been focussing on developing her non-executive career, and has been involved with the Scottish Funding Council and an active participant in Changing the Chemistry and Women on Boards.
Brian Chapman - Chair
Brian was previously the SCA Competition Director and has a good working relationship with the SCA staff, albeit he is prepared to challenge their thinking and/or approach at times, and with many volunteer members of the committees which deliver for the SCA. He also has regular contact and a good working relationship with many of the senior officers of the International Canoe Federation, which provides insights and potential influence into the decisions being taken at that level which impact on how the sport of paddling will develop. He has previously been SCA President and also chaired the BCU.
Brian seeks to utilise this experience to help the SCA to deliver its current 4-year plan, which includes some ambitious and challenging targets, providing leadership where required and support to the staff and volunteers as necessary. He will also seek to build on the recent developments within the SCA, to further strengthen the organisation and specifically to help put in place more robust succession planning and proactive recruitment into key volunteer roles to ensure that the SCA has the right team in place to strengthen and grow further in the future.
He wants his success to be measured against these clear objectives:
• Delivery of the current SCA 4-year plan (2017-2021) and agreement on a further plan for the following years;
• Well defined and beneficial relationships with the other home nation associations;
• Continuing financial support for the SCA from a variety of sources;
• A clearly defined succession plan for key roles within the board and more generally across the volunteer community.
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Claire and Dean to the Board, and to Brian in his new role as Chair.
Eddie Palmer officially stepped down as Chair and we would like to thank him for all of his hard work and dedication over the previous years.