Meet the Judges
Team Scotland have put together an expert judging panel from across the world of sport, with a range of backgrounds in community sport, volunteering, coaching, high performance and media.
Judges are asked to utilise their experience and knowledge of the sporting environment in Scotland to decide the finalists and winners across all 14 award categories.
Paul Bush OBE
Paul Bush OBE is VisitScotland’s Director of Events, leading the Events Team, Business Events and Industry Development. The VisitScotland’s Events Directorate takes a strategic lead in the Scottish events industry and is responsible for working with partners to attract, bid for and secure major sporting, cultural and business events worldwide; which over the past decade has brought some of the world’s biggest event properties to the country including the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014, the European Championships in August 2018, The Solheim Cup 2019 and Euro 2020 Football.
Paul was appointed Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland in 2015, building on a long history within Commonwealth sport, including as Chef De Mission at Melbourne 2006, General Team Manager at Manchester 2002, Team Manager of the Great Britain Swimming Team and as Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming.
Susan is a former world top-20 badminton player who represented Scotland at international level for over ten years, amassing almost 100 caps. She competed at three Commonwealth Games, winning two bronze medals and was also a member of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
She now is now a sports journalist for The Herald and Sunday Herald and also appears regularly on Radio Scotland.
Scotland Rugby Sevens’ highest capped player and third highest points scorer of all-time, Colin competed at two Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland; Melbourne 2006 and as captain at the “best games ever” Glasgow 2014. Colin also represented Scotland in 58 World Series Tournaments and 3 Sevens World Cups. He also played over 120 games for Glasgow Warriors.
Since retiring from rugby he has continued to follow his passion for sport. In 2015 he was appointed as Athlete Director on the Board with Commonwealth Games Scotland. He is also the European Representative on the Commonwealth Games Federation Athlete Advisory Commission and maintains his interest in rugby through a role as co-commentator with BBC Radio Scotland.
Colin had the honour of leading Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas last summer and recently has started working with basketballscotland.
Chair of the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust, Caitlin is a three-time Olympian and five-time World Championship medallist in swimming. She is a double Commonwealth Games champion, winning gold in both 200m and 400m Freestyle at Melbourne 2006. She reached the Olympic 200 m Freestyle final in 2008 and 2012 and is a former British record holder in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m Freestyle.
First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007, Jack became an MSP in the inaugural elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, holding the positions of Finance Minister, and Education Minister before his appointment as First Minister. He played a pivotal role in bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, submitting the host bid in 2005.
Between 1989 and 1998 he was a member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention, playing an important part in the creation of the Scotland Act, which created a Scottish Parliament for the first time. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2010 where he committed himself to continuing his work to tackle poverty in Africa and to developing the relationship between Scotland and Malawi.
He is a UK Ambassador for Action for Children; a Fellow of the 48 Group Club, which promotes relationships between the United Kingdom and China and an Ambassador for Pump Aid. Jack was appointed Honorary President of scottishathletics in 2017.
Gavin MacLeod is the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), the governing and co-ordinating body for all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory and learning impairment in Scotland. In his previous role, Gavin was Youth Development Manager for Disability Sport with sportscotland.
With over 25 years of sports development experience, Gavin held a variety of posts with local authorities south of the border before returning to Scotland to pursue a disability sport focus. Educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Sport Studies from Sheffield Polytechnic, a PGCE (Further Education) from Notts Trent University and a Diploma in Community Education from Dundee College of Education.
Rhona was an international athlete, her preferred events included sprint hurdles and long jump and she enjoyed a wealth of travel experiences around the world competing for her country. It was always her aim to combine her interest in sport with a future career in journalism. After a freshman year studying Broadcasting at the University of Wyoming, she completed a BA degree in Media Studies at the University of Stirling. At the start of her working career she contributed to the specialist sports magazines Scotland’s Runner, Scottish Tennis, The Punter football magazine and Today’s Runner.
In 1995, she joined BBC Scotland and has worked as a Sports and news presenter on Reporting Scotland. In her time with BBC Scotland She has also enjoyed working at the World Cup in France in 1998, the London 2012 Olympic Games and 5 Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne, Glasgow, Gold Coast).
Away from work, Rhona can be found on athletics tracks around the country as she is a qualified UKAthletics Club Coach specialising in sprints, hurdles, long jump and relays. She and her husband Bruce are also proud supporters of teenage daughters Briagha and Coirilidh who are both Scottish hurdles champions
As Director of High Performance & the sportscotland Institute of Sport, Mike has overseen the most successful cycle for Scotland and the UK system for High Performance sport on the world stage. This has included Team GB’s record Olympic and Paralympic medal haul at London 2012, where 25% of the Gold medals and 20% of overall medals came from Scottish athletes, best ever Winter Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 and Pyeonchang 2018 and Team Scotland’s record medal haul at Glasgow 2014 and best overseas Games at Gold Coast 2018.
He has an excellent understanding and knowledge of High Performance/Elite sport throughout the world, having worked at several major sporting events including 11 Olympic Games, 12 World Championships and six Commonwealth Games.
A former GB International he was National Coach for both 400 metres and 400 metre hurdles, he has coached some high profile athletes to numerous medal winning success including Olympic medals as well as the Men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team at the World Championships in 1991.