Who are the SPFL Trust?
The SPFL Trust is an independent registered charity associated with the Scottish Professional Football League.
We work in partnership with Scotland’s 42 professional clubs and external agencies to promote, support, fund and administer activities which inspire SPFL clubs to help meet the identified social needs of the people of Scotland.
Our purpose is to use football’s unique presence to assist Scotland’s people to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.
Our vision is to work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities.
Click here to download a copy of the SPFL Trust Five Year Plan 2016 to 2021
There are a number of ways The SPFL Trust can work in partnership with your organization to help make a positive difference to the local community you serve.
Charity number: SC041121
Meet The Team
I first started with the Trust in November 2013 after 7 years at Falkirk Football Club and Falkirk Football Community Foundation. To this day I am not quite sure how I ended up having a career in the world of football, but I love it. I started off in the direct delivery of projects that use football to engage with those who may be struggling for whatever reason and love seeing the journey that participants take. My colleagues would say I am a hardworking, enthusiastic multi-tasker. My friends would say I am bubbly, friendly and patient ( with bouncy hair lol! ).
I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art and worked with a community arts organisation before coming to the trust. I love working with people and this job gives me the opportunity to do so. I am part of a small friendly team and no one day is ever the same. This has given me the chance to learn new skills and take on many challenges which is an aspect that is important to me. My colleagues would describe me as organised, hardworking and friendly. My friends would describe me as loyal, kind and fun.
I have had a varied career working in many different, challenging and rewarding jobs. I started out in the Royal Navy before joining the Scottish Police service which was a career that spanned some 25 years. During my time in the Police I worked in three different Police services in two countries. My career started off in Glasgow with the then Strathclyde Police. I then moved to London to work in the Metropolitan Police Service before eventually retiring from the Police whilst serving in Grampian Police.
After taking a short retirement, I started employment with Central Scotland Regional Equality council as their General Manager. I was there for a year, when the lure of working in football brought me to work with the SPFL Trust a decision that have not regretted. My colleagues would say I am a “typical” policeman but I would say that given there is no evidence to substantiate that, I would have to disagree.
Hampden has always been a place of mixed fortunes for me, I’ve seen lows such as losing the league cup final to Kilmarnock in 2012 (my first final) and losing in the Scottish Cup semi final to Rangers. But this is definitely the best thing I’ve done at Hampden, the offices are superb and getting to work for the SPFL Trust is amazing. To get the hold the league cup as many of my idols have done, is a highlight in my life let alone in this job. I’m loving every minute.
I was told that when you love your job, you don’t work a day in your life so I set out to follow my passion. I’ve spent my whole working life enthusiastically delivering, developing and managing football, health and community projects for a wide variety of partners and client groups. Having spent several happy and productive years at Celtic Football Club and CFC Foundation, I spent over a year running a football programme in Australia before returning to manage a project very close to my heart- FFIT. My colleagues would describe me as sociable, helpful and a perfectionist (a nice way of saying a bit OCD!).