"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors makes the fundamental policy decisions that underpin SALSC’s operations. The Board provides strategic leadership for the Association and sets the work plan for National Development Officer and working groups to ensures that SALSC is not only delivering a quality service to its members but is working with the right partners, securing appropriate funding and heading in the right direction for the years to come.

The Board meets quarterly and consists of a Chair, Vice Chair and five directors responsible for finance, events, international, youth and marketing – all of whom are volunteers elected from within the membership (the descriptions for each of these positions can be viewed by clicking on the relevant position). The Board has the option to appoint a further two directors out with the membership to provide specialist support.

The Board is also serviced by SALSC’s National Development Officer and supported by a partnership manager from sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland.

The key strategic objectives of the Board, outlined by SALSC’s Articles of Association are:

  • To be the voice for and maximise the potential of local sports councils and associate organisations; 
  • To promote (1) participation in sport, (2) physical recreation and education and (3) health and fitness at a local and national level;
  • To promote and create partnership opportunities with other national agencies with similar aims; and
  • To promote and develop links with other countries committed to the ideology of sport for all and develop international relationships and opportunities with like-minded organisations.


Board of Directors for 2015-16


Bob Ellis

Perth & Kinross Sports Council

Elected Director (2013-15)

Role Description

For a number of years Bob was heavily involved with SALSC both as a member and Vice Chairman and through SALSC went on to be a Director and Vice Chairman within Volunteer Development Scotland. It's good to have Bob back in the fold through the Audit Group. Bob is also the Chairman of Sport & Active Recreation within Perth & Kinross Council and sits on the Sports Development Conference Organising Committee.

Although Bob has always been quite a keen sportsperson (hill running and marathons in particular) he didn’t get involved with his Sports Council in Perth & Kinross until becoming a Councillor 17 years ago. For the last 15 years Bob has sat on Perth & Kinross Sports Council in his own right, taking on the role of Chairman for the last 6 years and getting heavily involved in numerous projects. A strong supporter of their work, Bob feels that local sports council are crucial to grassroots sport and volunteers and will use his position to speak up for them at every opportunity.


SALSC Vice Chair & Finance Director

Kenneth Ovens

Club Sport Berwickshire

Elected Director (2012-14)

Finance Director Role Description

Vice Chair Role 2015

Kenneth worked in Local Government for over 30 years spending his time in Internal Audit and Project Management.

Since retiring Kenneth has taken on a number of voluntary roles, many of which in a financial capacity, including the positions of Treasurer with Melrose Rugby Footbal Club; Director/Trustee of the Border Sport and Leisure (Finance Convenor since 2009) responsible for administering all sporting activities with the Borders Region; Treasurer of Berwickshire Sports Council for 10 years and Treasurer for SportsBorders for 6 years.

When not involved in the administration of sport, Kenneth likes to play golf, watch rugby, take part in quizzes and act as an Independent Auditor for a number of non-profit making organisations.

International Director

Dilawer Singh MBE

Sports Council for Glasgow

Elected Director (2013-15)

Role Description

Dilawer was the first Asian and Sikh police officer in Scotland and spent over 30 years with Strathclyde Police and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.  Dilawer is pictured on the left in the picture above.

A former wrestler Dilawer, keen kabbadi player, referee and coach, badminton player and coach and marathon runner, Dilawer has raised thousands of pounds for different international charities through his sporting exploits. Dilawer was also part of the 2014 Bid Team and now sits on sub committees for recruiting volunteers and planning the legacy of the games.

Amongst a list of prestigious awards and titles, particular highlights include Dilawer receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lord Provost of Glasgow for his contribution and service to Sport; Past President of the Vaisakhi da Mela Committee and Govan Rotary Club, Founding Member and Chair of SEMPSER Scotland,; Honorary President of the Association of Indian Organisations (AIO); Chair of Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA Scotland) since 1989 and Vice Chair of the Sports Council for Glasgow.  Dilawer is also a member on the sportscotland Trust Company Board.

Events Director

Doug Soutar

Nairn Area Sports Council

Elected Director (2015 -17)

Role Description

Doug worked in the Civil Service for 27 years before joining Scottish Enterprise for the last ten years of his working life.  Throughout these periods he fulfilled a number of different roles in a middle management capacity and in his leisure time played and coached tennis at his local club in Edinburgh.

Following his retirement Doug and his wife moved home from Edinburgh up to Nairn and on learning that there was a shortage of tennis coaches in the area, he updated his coaching skills, also qualifying as a Tennis referee since when he has organised and run the North of Scotland tennis tournament for the last seven years.

For the last three years Doug has been involved in a voluntary capacity with the Nairn Area Sports Council in which he serves as both Secretary and Treasurer.  


Marketing Director and Chair of Audit Working Group

Richard Kenney 

Club Sport Ettrick & Lauderdale

Appointed (2014-16)

Rick is pictured on the right in the picture above, presenting one of the Service to Sport Awards in 2015.

Rick Kenney has worked in sport and leisure for 40 years working as the Director of Leisure Services at Inverclyde Council, CEO of JudoScotland and Sport & Recreation Manager with Scottish Borders Council, retiring in July 2011. As a volunteer Rick has been a member of local sports councils in Motherwell, Inverclyde, Hamilton and the Scottish Borders.

A qualified physical education teacher with an MBA degree, Rick is a former two-term Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland involved in the bid process for Glasgow 2014. Rick was Scottish Assistant General Team Manager at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Melbourne 2006 and Depute General Team Manager at Manchester in 2006 and is currently Vice President of the Commonwealth Judo Association and Vice President of JudoScotland.

A 7th dan in judo, Rick is a former multiple Scottish and British Champion and competed for many years in both judo and wrestling. After retiring he coached many judo players over the years and was the Coach to the successful judo team at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990.


Rona McCraw


Elaine Oliver

Elaine first got involved with Perth and Kinross Sports Council over 10 years ago as part of her remit at work, as the Sports Council's administrator.  In 2007 she changed jobs and became a member of the Executive Committee.  Elaine then became Vice Chair, a post she only recently resigned from.  Although she does not have any particuar sport she has excelled in and has enjoyed being an actve spectator and participant in all the events the Sports Council have been involved with.  Elaine is looking forward to the the challenge of being an actve SALSC Board member.


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Youth Director(s)

Catriona Morton

ClubSport Edinburgh / YouthSport Edinburgh

Catriona has been involved in sport development since her time at school. Now studying Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University, she is spending her spare time volunteering with a variety of organisations with an interest in developing sport within Scotland. Through her time as a gymnast, and now coach, Catriona has seen first-hand the difference that involvement in sport and activity can have and this has been her driving force behind her continued involvement in youth sport particularly.

Catriona joined SALSC after being involved in YouthSport Edinburgh, the first panel for young people set up by the local sports council, ClubSport Edinburgh.  Now as one of the Youth Directors for SALSC, Catriona is now looking to involve more young people in the development of sport across Scotland.

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