Team Scotland Youth Trust

The Team Scotland Youth Trust is led by a Board consisting of an independent Chair, Company Secretary, two Directors appointed by CGS and three independent Directors. 

Gavin Hastings OBE – Chair

Gavin is a former amateur International rugby player for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions and worked as a Chartered Surveyor during his playing days firstly in Edinburgh followed by spells in London and then Glasgow.

Upon his retirement from playing he set up his own sports marketing consultancy working with high profile companies in the sponsorship sector. Amongst the highlights, was being instrumental in helping the Ryder Cup come to Scotland in 2014 as well as bringing Barcelona FC to play pre season friendlies against Hearts, Hibs and Dundee Utd in successive years.

Gavin joined the Board of TSYT in 2014 and has been active as a patron of a number of other charities during this time. He took over as Chair in late 2019 and oversaw the appointment of the three Independent Directors on the Board.

Michael Cavanagh OBE – Director (CGS appointed)

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.

Jen Barsby – Director (CGS appointed)

Jen Barsby has worked for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) since July 2013, initially as Opportunities & Equalities Manager where she was responsible for member branches governance, safeguarding and equality. Currently as Performance Manager she manages the Scottish Boccia Programme, Cerebral Palsy Football Squad, SDS Athlete Academy, Classification and Clean Sport

Prior to working for SDS, she 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 7 years, was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and a Clydesider in Glasgow 2014. For the Gold Coast Games, Jen was the General Team Manager responsible for the Village.

Jen is excited to be part of the TSYT moving forward and is passionate about ensuring young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential in sport.

Ryan Carenduff – Independent Director

Ryan Carenduff is a two-time graduate of the University of Stirling; Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Combining a life-long passion for sport with extensive work in the fields of start-up businesses and innovation, Ryan founded the UK’s first sports business-specific incubator, “The Sport Hive”, in 2016. Ryan subsequently set up global partnerships with hubs in France, USA, Canada, Australia and The Netherlands and worked with companies such as Adidas, Under Armour and Pure Gym.

Currently the Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Pack, a Scottish company helping children learn to swim with its award-winning swimming aid, Ryan has helped steer the company through its seed investment round and launch into market, selling to over 22 countries worldwide.

Katharine Ford – Independent Director

Katharine works in regulatory risk within the energy sector. She is an Affiliate member of CIMA and the IRM respectively and is a qualified Sports Therapist as well as having a background in charitable fundraising. Outside of her role within the TSYT, she is the current Chair of British Dodgeball.
During her cycling career, Katharine – a 4-time world record holder, became the first ever Briton to ride 12 hours or more on an indoor velodrome and is the first Scot to complete the 3000-mile Race Across America. She was also the first woman in her sport’s history to lead ultracycling globally, as WUCA’s President & Chair.

She has previously served on the Board of Advisors for Sported in Scotland, and the main boards of London disability sports body; Interactive, the 1948 Olympic velodrome regeneration body; the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, and the World Ultra Cycling Association. In 2012, she carried the Olympic flame in London and is also an Ambassador for the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Jon Doig OBE – Company Secretary

Company Secretary of TSYT, Jon has been Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland since 2001 and 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. His duties included developing the High Performance Sport Programme and policies, Commonwealth Games team support, development of the Scottish Institute of Sport where he acted as Interim Director on its establishment, and development of the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame.

A native of New Zealand, Jon previously worked for the Hillary Commission, the national sports agency of NZ, 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.

Helen Toole – Administrator

Helen joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in December 2017 as Team Services Manager. From June 2018 she also became the Administrator for the Team Scotland Youth Trust.

Outside of work, volunteering has played a huge part in her life, in a variety of roles from Guiding, to a 6 week project in Zambia raising the awareness of HIV through Sport aswell as supporting numerous sporting events including the London 2012 Paralympics, Glasgow 2014 as a Frontrunner and at the European Championships in 2018. From 2018 to January 2023 her main volunteer role was National Teams Manager for Scottish Water Polo.

Danny Cockroft – Administrator

Danny joined Commonwealth Games Scotland in February 2021 as Programme Administrator after various roles engaging communities into sport and physical activity. From February he also became an Administrator for the Team Scotland Youth Trust. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, he adapted his MSc Psychology of Sport degree to support the Wallace Group’s ‘Volunteer Zambia’ project, establishing and delivering pathways in sport for children in Lusaka, Zambia. This work aligned with his former roles in the UK and overseas, with basketballscotland, Think Pacific (Fiji), and work with multiple Higher Education institutes, including operations alongside the Royal British Legion.


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