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Board Members Appointed at SCA AGM

Thu 22 November 2018
Our New Recreation Director is Elizabeth Cain 
Liz has a lifelong passion for the outdoors with particular emphasis on outdoor education and adventurous activities, having begun kayaking and canoeing at the age of ten with the Scout Association. She has participated in the Womens Adventure Education Conference and is currently studying Outdoor Environmental Sustainability in Education at the University of Edinburgh. She began her outdoor career in PGL in 2000 as a water based activity instructor and progressed through to roles of River Leader, Chief Instructor, Beach Manager and European Summer Watersports Programme Manager.
 
Liz has a wealth of paddlesport qualifications including inland kayak, sea kayak and canoe.  Liz has also taken on a variety of other roles in outdoor centres. One of her roles involved working with regional and centre managers to ensure all training was coordinated and all health and safety met the required standards for AALA, RYA and BAHA.  She has the main contact for a lot of these inspections at various centres and has made sure the inspections run smoothly and all paperwork is up to date and signed. As part of the Training Officer role she was responsible for completing centre audits for Health and Safety trails. Liz has a wide range of experience to offer in the Recreation Director role as well as her current Regional Officer role and aims to support other volunteers in the sport and offer advice based on her experience. Email: liz.cain@canoescotland.org
 
Kelso Riddell has been re-elected for his second term as Finance Director 
As an active volunteer with the SCA in many different capacities since the 1970's Kelso was instrumental in the transfer of the SCA from an unincorporated body to a Company Limited by Guarantee. Since then he has been responsible for devising and updating SCA financial policies. He has a good working knowledge of accounting principles, budgeting and financial management and is familiar with using accounting software. In his previous role as SCA Treasurer Kelso was responsible for creating a financially stable association and ensuring that adequate controls are in place to demonstrate accountability to the SCA’s investors.
 
Kelso has had responsibility for developing the SCA campsite at Grandtully for the last 20 years. This major "business unit" has been the main contributor to the organisation's accumulated reserves. He is also the organiser of the country's biggest Slalom competition event each year and within his club has developed the club activities, membership and facilities over 25 years. As a qualified BC coach, with specific experience in Wild Water Racing, he has practical knowledge of canoe and paddle building and manufacturing techniques. Professionally, Kelso founded an Oceanographics company and is currently involved in oceanographic equipment sales and operational support in Europe and Latin America. He is also involved in the promotion and management of musical groups and shows. Email: kelso.riddell@canoescotland.org
 
Dean Hollis has been confirmed to continue his role after being a partial term appointment last year – General Director
Dean is just completing one year as General Director on the Board following a previous director vacating the post before the end of their term. He joined the 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 had a break from our sport due to work and family commitments and is now committed to applying his passion for paddling to enable the next generation of paddlers to enjoy the same opportunities and experiences. Email: dean.hollis@canoescotland.org