Commonwealth Games Scotland member sports meet at least once a year at an AGM. Every four years they elect an Executive Board, who are appointed as Directors and manage the affairs of CGS. They are appointed for a four year period from the year immediately after each Commonwealth Games.
The Board consists of an elected Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past Chair, a Board member representing athletes and four Executive members appointed by member sports. In addition the Board has the power to co-opt up to four non-Executive Directors.
An Honorary Medical Adviser and Honorary Legal Adviser are also appointed in an advisory capacity. All these positions are appointed following an open recruitment process. A full list and details of all Board members and advisers can be seen in the Board Members section of the website.
There are currently three honorary life members, George Hunter OBE and Dame Louise Martin CBE, with David Webster OBE acting as honorary life president. The Board also appoints representatives of CGS to the Team Scotland Youth Trust, an independent charitable trust, The Chair and Past Chair also represent CGS on the Scottish Commonwealth Games Endowment Fund. Representatives also attend meetings of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and European Region Group of the CGF to help direct strategy and policy of the parent body.
The Commonwealth Games Scotland Board meets approximately every second month, with an AGM usually held in May or June, with minutes from the Board meetings available to download below.
Paul Bush was elected as Chair of CGS in May 2015. As Director of Events at VisitScotland, Paul has led the development of Scotland as one of the world’s leading events destinations, delivering Scotland’s Major Events Strategy. Prior to that Paul was the Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming which, amongst other achievements, he led in the planning and set up of the National Swimming Academy.
At previous Commonwealth Games, Paul has held the voluntary positions of General Team Manager (2002) and Chef de Mission (2006). At the Delhi 2010 Games, he was Director of Scotland House and again led the Scotland House project for Glasgow 2014.
Paul was also a member of the Glasgow 2014 Audit and Risk Committee.
From 1990 until 1996, he was British Swimming Team Manager, including the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. In the 2007 New Year Honours List, he was awarded the OBE for services to sport and Commonwealth Games.
Having served her second term as a Board member, Maureen Campbell was elected as Vice Chair in May 2015. She is a former swimmer, and represented Scotland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and has been Chair of Scottish Swimming since 2006.
In her professional role, Maureen served as Chief Executive of Falkirk Trust until August 2021, and has strong skills in governance, as well as extensive experience of the management and delivery of complex projects and partnerships involving both capital projects and people development programmes.
Having come to the end of his two term tenure as Chairman in May 2015, Michael Cavanagh became the Past Chair on the CGS Board. He joined the Board in 2003, was an Assistant General Team Manager at the 2006 Games and became Chair in 2008. He was then re-elected Chair in May 2011 for the four year term up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he represented CGS on the Organising Committee Board.
Michael is a former Scottish wrestler and represented Scotland at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, was Wrestling Coach at the 1994 Games and Wrestling Team Manager in 2002. Michael has managed British Teams at World Wrestling Championships and was the 2004 Olympic Wrestling Team Manager. He is a former President of the Scottish Wrestling Association and a former director of the British Wrestling Association Ltd.
In his professional capacity Michael is a Senior Manager with sportscotland, previously being in charge of the East of Scotland Institute of Sport.
Jennifer Barsby has worked for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) as Opportunities & Equalities Manager since July 2013, where she is responsible for member branches governance, safeguarding and equality, leading SDS through the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard. She also manages the Young Persons Sport Panel and has covered the organisation’s performance co-ordination role for a period of maternity cover.
Prior to this, she has held roles as an Active Schools Co-ordintor and a Disability Sport Development Officer. In a voluntary capacity she has been Scottish National Boccia Squad Coach for five 5 years, was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and a Clydesider in Glasgow 2014. Jen was responsible for the Village for Team Scotland as part of the General Team Management at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
As Head of Performance Sport at the University of Stirling, David works closely with a number governing bodies in supporting elite student-athletes to pursue a dual career. As a Senior Manager within Scotland’s University for Sport Excellence he is responsible for developing the International Sports Scholarship Programme which supports a number of Commonwealth, Olympic and professional athletes.
As an ex-international hockey player, David is currently an active member within Scottish Hockey, working as a coach within the national age group programme as well Chairing the Scottish Student Hockey Development Group. He is also a member of the Scottish Hockey Management Group as well as the Triathlon Scotland Performance Management Group. David is also a member of the Winning Students Advisory Board.
Bruce is a consultant in sport sponsorship, marketing and insight, and has been involved with the CGS Board since May 2017.
He served as Director, Consulting of YouGov Sport for over seven years, following a two year stint as Head of Group Sponsorship at Royal Bank of Scotland.
Susie Crawford joined the CGS Board in 2015 as the marketing specialist.
She has over 15 years senior marketing experience in both the commercial and third sector and is a former lecturer for the Chartered Institute of Marketing, with a passion for consumer insight and the power of branding.
Susie is a freelance marketing consultant and is a specialist in the area of world-class performing arts organisations. Prior to this she was the Head of Marketing for the Dundee Rep Theatre and Scottish Dance Theatre, where she led marketing and commercial development. She is also a former Scottish and British international judoka.
CEO since 2001, Jon is responsible for CGS management and leadership, overseeing team preparations, partnership and commercial programmes. He has managed Team Scotland at six Commonwealth Games and was Chef de Mission in 2010 and 2014. From 2002 he was centrally involved in the development and promotion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid and in the management of Glasgow 2014 in a partner role from 2007.
Awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to sport, Jon previously worked for sportscotland as the Head of High Performance and the Hillary Commission, the national sports agency of New Zealand, in the areas of coaching, sports science, Fair Play and Anti-Doping.
Colin Gregor joined the CGS Board as Athlete Representative in 2015.
Scotland Rugby Sevens’ highest capped player and third highest points scorer of all-time, Colin represented Team Scotland at two Commonwealth Games, including as captain at Glasgow 2014.
Colin is a member of the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) ‘Player Advisory Board’ and is the sole representative for rugby at the International Olympic Committee Athlete Forum. Recently retired from the sport due to injury, Colin has established his own business incorporating leadership consultancy, sports media, public speaking and specialist coaching.
Nigel Holl was elected to the CGS Board in May 2021. Nigel is the Executive Performance Director for British Curling, and also serves on the Scottish Cycling Board of Directors. He has a wealth of experience across at executive leadership, board governance and performance director level in Scottish and UK sport.
Susan Jackson was elected to the CGS Board at the May 2015 AGM, having been the Athletes’ Representative on the Board from 2011 until 2015. She represented Scotland in small bore rifle shooting at three Commonwealth Games, winning: bronze in 1998; silver in 2002; and, gold in 2006. She has also held a number of voluntary positions within the sport over the last 20 years.
Susan was part of the Achieve 2014 programme at the Delhi 2010 Games acting as an Athlete Mentor, allowing her to share her experiences with aspiring athletes and coaches. For the Glasgow 2014 Games she was instrumental in supporting the Organising Committee’s Athlete Representative Group. She also co-ordinated the Athletes’ First programme, with former athletes inspiring and offering support to Team Scotland members.
In her professional life, Susan is a Chartered Accountant with her family business. Previously she worked in the corporate finance team at Deloitte for 12 years before joining the Winning Scotland Foundation as a senior director where she was instrumental in the development and growth of one of its programmes, Champions in Schools.
As Honorary Legal Adviser Carolyn Morgan is responsible for providing advice on legal and constitutional issues in terms of Company and Team Scotland related activities.
Carolyn is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Team at Scottish commercial law firm, Harper Macleod LLP, who were legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and an Official Supporter of CGS and Team Scotland. She joined the firm in 2008 and handles a broad range of civil and commercial disputes and has considerable experience in advocacy.
Carolyn has been involved in dealing with a number of sports-related matters including anti-doping issues. Carolyn enjoys playing golf and tennis, which she plays at a competitive level, having regularly represented her county at senior level.