Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) employs a small number of permanent staff to lead Scotland’s preparations for each Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. As each Games approach these staff are supported by additional personnel, carefully chosen to ensure that Team Scotland’s athletes receive the best preparation and support possible.
Jon Doig OBE, Chief Executive
CEO since 2001, Jon is responsible for CGS management and leadership, overseeing team preparations, partnership and commercial programmes. He has managed Team Scotland at five 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 OBE in 2014 for services to sport. Jon previously worked for sportscotland as the Head of High Performance where duties included developing the High Performance Sport Programme and policies, Commonwealth Games team support, development of Scottish Institute of Sport where he acting as Interim Director on its establishment, and development of the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame.
A native of NZ, Jon previously worked for the Hillary Commission, the national sports agency of New Zealand, in the areas of coaching, sports science, Fair Play and Anti-Doping. His sporting background also includes senior team management roles at two World University Games and a background as a competitive swimmer and water polo player winning NZ University honours.
Elinor Middlemiss, Games Team Operations Manager
Elinor joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in July 2011 as Games Team Operations Manager. She supported the Chief Executive and led on the technical planning and preparation of Team Scotland for Glasgow 2014, where she was General Team Manager. She was also Deputy General Team Manager for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man and General Team Manager for Youth Team Scotland in Samoa in September 2015.
A former Badminton player, Elinor won two bronze medals for Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in the Women’s Doubles and again four years later in Manchester in the Mixed Team event.
Adrienne Sunderland, Corporate Services Manager
Adrienne joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in 2003 from the Scottish Institute of Sport where she provided programme team support to athletes and coaches. She has been Office Manager for Team Scotland at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and seconded to sportscotland from 2008, was heavily involved in planning and preparations throughout the Commonwealth for pre Games Training Camps as well as supporting Team Scotland.
Helen Toole, Team Services Manager
Helen joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in December 2017 as Team Services Manager. She volunteered at Glasgow 2014 as a front runner, working pre-Games to interview other volunteers. During the Games she worked within Sports Competition organising transport and logistics for Games officials. Helen has also previously supported Team Scotland Team Camps for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Gillian Cooke, Digital Services & Communications Officer
Gillian joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in December 2014 as Digital Services & Communications Officer and supported Youth Team Scotland at both the 2015 and 2017 Youth Games as the team Media Officer. As an athlete Gillian won World Championship gold in two-woman Bobsleigh in 2009 and went on to represent Team GB at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Prior to bobsleigh, Gillian competed in two Commonwealth Games in two different events – in Pole Vault in 2002, and then in the Long Jump four years later. She also competed at the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games in the Triple Jump.