A legacy for the next generation

The Athletics Trust Scotland in 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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Board of Trustees

Ian Beattie MBE (Chair)

Ian Beattie is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer for Lindsays law firm in Edinburgh (11 years). He is also a long serving athlete, event organiser and club volunteer for more than three decades, Ian took up the role of chair for Scottish Athletics, the governing body for the sport in 2012 having been a Board member between 2003 and 2007. Ian has also been the vice-chair of the national agency, sportscotland  for the 4 years previously. Most incredibly, under his leadership, he has successfully driven transformational change and within 4 years the sport has grown by more than 50% in participation within clubs, he’s brought the athletics community back together with new initiatives around clubs, coaches and volunteers.

Whilst acknowledging his roles in sport, he has had a significant role to play in the positive growth and recognition of mental health awareness in Scotland and recently served as vice-chair for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) (2012-2018). His passion and enthusiasm that he demonstrates in sports is more than matched in his voluntary role within mental health. He has helped shape the strategy for SAMH that has seen the profile of mental health awareness in Scotland reach its highest level ever.

Ian is a visionary and his 30+ years involved in voluntary leadership roles in sport has been phenomenal, whether at club level, sports governing body or the national agency of sport, he’s impacted positively at every stage.

Eilidh Doyle

Eilidh Doyle (née Child); is a Scottish track and field athlete who specialises 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 athlete of all time. She was also the flag bearer at the Commonwealth in the Gold Cost where she won her third consecutive medal. Eilidh is also a board member at Scottish Athletics, having served on the Board since 2018.

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. She also recently hosted the, 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 Scottish Athletics, the governing body for the sport, 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, but four years on 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;

  • helped 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.
  • Joanna currently sits on the board of a sports charity in Glasgow called Movement Park as a trustee and has recently taken over as secretary.
  • She also volunteers 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, Scotland 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.  A list of his career over the last decade or so includes;

  • 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


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