A legacy for the next generation

The Athletics Trust Scotland is a new charity that has been established with the purpose of supporting the ongoing development of athletics in Scotland through fundraising activities.

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The Athletics Trust Scotland (ATS) operates for the benefit of the public as a non-profit distributing charity.

The principal objectives of ATS are the advancement of public participation in athletics as a sport by:

  • Providing support to those in the sport who are in need, for reasons of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • Promoting and encouraging individuals towards accreditation for coaching and the role of competition officials.
  • Providing new opportunities for more people to participate in athletics and running activities.
  • Supporting the improvement of facilities provision.
  • Advancing learning and development opportunities for athletics leadership – athletes, coaches, clubs, club volunteers and officials.
  • Supporting projects and initiatives delivered in line with scottishathletics and in conjunction with national strategies for the sport of athletics.
Fundraising initiatives

In order to deliver its charitable objectives ATS will undertake a number of fundraising initiatives which will allow the charity to make donations to key projects which benefit athletics in Scotland. The supported projects will be delivered in line with the national strategy for athletics in Scotland, Building a Culture of Success, which is led by the governing body for the sport, scottishathletics.

Increase investment

To increase investment across athletics in Scotland over the next decade and beyond ATS will seek major donations and legacies in addition to grant funding and generic fundraising activities. ATS has identified several key projects that will initially be supported to ensure the charity can deliver against its charitable objectives. ATS will work with scottishathletics, clubs, local authorities and other key partners to promote the work of the charity and to widen access to the support available through ATS.

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Board of Trustees

Graeme Jack

Graeme Jack spent many years working in communications as an advisor and in executive roles with organisations like international consultancy Weber Shandwick and Robert Wiseman Dairies plc. For more than a decade he has been communications director of Müller UK & Ireland.

He is chairman of West End Road Runners, an award winning and values based community running club in Glasgow, and is a UK Athletics licensed running coach.

He is passionate about helping people to transform their mental and physical health through running and athletics, a core objective of Athletics Trust Scotland.

Eilidh Doyle

Eilidh Doyle (née Child) is a former Scottish track and field athlete, who specialised in the 400 metres hurdles and the 4 x 400 metres relay. She is a three-time Olympian, Olympic medallist, and Scotland’s most decorated track & field athlete of all time. She was also the flag bearer at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in the Gold Cost where she won her third consecutive medal. Eilidh is also a Board Member at scottishathletics.

She also has a degree in Physical Education from Edinburgh University and was formerly a full-time PE teacher at Perth Grammar School until she decided to focus further on her training. Eilidh has been involved in numerous projects over the last decade, predominantly involved within schools and education as an ambassador and helping children realise their potential, in life and not just sport.

Eilidh has also been an ambassador for the Beatson and has supported various campaigns for the SSPCA, and recently hosted “The Show Scotland” in Glasgow for Breast Cancer Care.

Joanna Butterfield MBE

Joanna Butterfield MBE is a Paralympic Champion, World Champion and European Record holder in athletics in the F51 club throw event. Joanna is a Board Director at scottishathletics and is also an ambassador for “Help for Heroes”, having previously served in the military. Unfortunately, she was discharged from the military on medical grounds and awoke from surgery to remove a tumour on her spinal cord in January 2010, paralysed from the chest down. Four years later, she became Paralympic Champion, having won with a world record throw.

She is a regular presenter in schools across the UK as well as various military events, telling her story and helping others overcome traumatic experiences. Other key roles include:

  • Helping form the first wheelchair rugby club/charity in 2012, the Caledonian Crushers. Joanna became a trustee and then took up the position of Chair for a few years before leaving in 2015 to concentrate on her athletics career.
  • Sitting on the Board of a sports charity in Glasgow called Movement Park as a trustee and has recently taken over as secretary.
  • Volunteering regularly at Movement Park, coaching young people and giving talks to their community.

Paddy Burns

Paddy Burns is the Chief Executive and co-founder of 4J Studios Limited, world renowned and BAFTA-winning British video game developer based in Dundee, with a second office located in East Linton. He is also a Board of Trustees Director in the athletics club, Team East Lothian and is also a philanthropist, investing in various projects beyond game developers, including community charities as well as sport. Among his professional roles have been:

  • CEO, 4J Studios Ltd – May 2005 – Present
  • Board Trustee Team East Lothian AC – Aug 2018 – Present
  • Director- Puny Astronaut – Mar 2018 – Present
  • Director – Broker Insights Limited – Nov 2017 – Present
  • Director – TAYFORTH PROPERTIES LTD – Jul 2015 – Present

Mark Munro

Mark Munro is the Chief Operating Officer at UK Athletics and was previous Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at scottishathletics. Mark is previously a Board Member of sportscotland, and co-creator and Board Trustee of ATS. He was previously Board Director at Tennis Scotland, formerly Head of Development at scottishathletics, as well as working in a senior development role at the Scottish Football Association for seven years (2004-2011), and the head of sports development and a lecturer at the University of Abertay (1999-2004).

Scott Black

Scott is a graduate of what is now The University of the West of Scotland and also of the University of Strathclyde, where he studied Public Policy and Finance. His entire executive career has been in the recruitment industry, mainly working at board level with public and private companies and public sector organisations.

Scott is the Managing Director of FWB Park Brown, an executive search business he co-founded in 1993. The business is exceptionally well connected and has worked on behalf of its clients throughout the UK and internationally.

He has also held a number of board appointments with private companies and charitable organisations, including with organisations focussed on the support of disadvantaged groups. He is a past President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, a post he held for 5 years, and former Director of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former Trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival.

David Ovens

David is Joint Managing Director of Archangel Investors, a leading venture capital business based in Edinburgh. He is an experienced corporate financier, having previously worked for HSBC Investment Bank in London and Noble Grossart in Edinburgh. He is Chair of SIS Ventures (a subsidiary of Social Investment Scotland) and a non-executive director of LINC Scotland, the trade association for early stage risk capital investors in Scotland.

David is also the Chair of scottishathletics and a member of Fife AC. He previously competed as a middle distance track athlete for Law and District and Pitreavie AAC.

He is married to Hayley, who competed for Scotland over 1500m and was a finalist in the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006, as well as a member of Team GB for the World Indoor Championships in 2003. He has two daughters, Holly and Millie, who both compete on the track for Fife AC