Board

British Curling is predominantly governed by a volunteer board of directors, listed below. They are selected through open transparent process. 

The directors of the board are responsible for directing the sport in a conscientious manner and within the law. The directors can appoint staff to help them in their tasks although the directors (and not the staff) carry the ultimate responsibility for the sport.  Employees from sportscotland and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club support the board of directors and have delegated authority for specific tasks and areas of operation for British Curling.

Willie Nicoll - Chairman
Willie Nicoll
Willie starting his career in banking in 1966 with The British Linen Bank in Kirkcaldy. Willie held many positions during his 40 year banking career, retiring in 2006 after managing the cash and cheque clearing operations for HBOS on a UK-wide basis, following the merger of Bank of Scotland and Halifax in 2001.

Willie has been a member of the Bank of Scotland (Fife) Curling Club for almost 30 years and has served as their Captain on two occasions. The club is an active member of the West Fife Province winning the Province League 7 times in the past 10 years. Willie is also a member of Kennoway Curling Club. Willie is a member of the Rotary Club of Cupar and held the office of President in 2013 - 2014.

Willie was previously a Director of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club from 2008 - 2014 and Chairman from 2009 - 2014. In his capacity as Chairman of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club he was a member of the Board of British Curling from 2010 - 2014.
He was appointed Chairman of British Curling in August 2014.
Dawn Watson - Director
Dawn Watson
Dawn is an experienced Financial Director of both high potential start-ups and established businesses across a range of industries. After gaining her degree in accountancy at GlasgowUniversity, Dawn became a qualified CA with Ernst & Young. Having gained great experience there, she founded her own business, FinStra Ltd, in 2009 to provide strategic and financial support to a range of companies. Dawn has considerable experience of board participation, both as a director and company secretary. Dawn started curling at school (she was secretary for schools curling for a while) and learnt the game at Crossmyloof rink in Glasgow. She currently plays with the Reform and Carmunnock & Rutherglen clubs and participates in weekend competitions although she is keen to stress it’s all for fun and “not at the serious end of the sport”!
Margaret Richardson - Director
Margaret Richardson
Margaret is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. She qualified in Glasgow with Deloittes and has worked in London, Jersey and Toronto specialising in Corporate Finance. Leaving the world of high finance to join the family insurance broking business allowed Margaret to use her financial expertise to help grow the business whilst achieving that work life balance that is important to her.

In curling Margaret has had the opportunity to see the sport from all angles. As a competitor at all levels (she holds Junior, Ladies and Senior Scottish titles) she still competes successfully being current World Seniors Champion. As a coach Margaret successfully guided the 1990 Scottish Ladies team to World Silver. In 2005 Margaret was Vice Chairperson in charge of finance at the Women’s World Championships and Seniors Championships held in Scotland. Although she notes that sometimes it’s just nice to watch having attended the Vancouver and London Olympics as a spectator. Most recently, Margaret had the honour of being Tour Captain of the 2015 Ladies Curling Tour to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada.
Nigel Holl - Director
Nigel Holl
Nigel became CEO of scottishathletics in April 2010, and has held a number of voluntary and professional roles in sport over the past few years, including serving as a board director with Commonwealth Games England.
Through his work with the Scottish Institute of Sport, Nigel became involved with the gold medal-winning men’s and women's curling programmes in 2002, during which time he learned much about the sport at an elite level. He also has experience of other elite sports, having managed England Netball to a top-three world ranking in a previous role.
Nigel is passionate about the sport of curling and cites a desire to see British Curling teams succeed at the Sochi Winter Olympics as a major motivating factor in his decision to join our board. He is an active curler himself - playing for Blairdrummond Curling Club - and is also involved in coaching Stirling Young Curlers.
Russell Keiller - Director
Russell Keiller
Russell was appointed by the Board of Directors in August 2014. Beginning his career in banking in 1986 with the Clydesdale Bank, Russell held a number of Management positions over the years within several areas of the Bank including Marketing, Training, Insurance Services, Personal and Corporate Banking and Business Development. In 2013 he was part of team who opened the first Handelsbanken office in Perth, where he holds the position of Corporate Banking Manager.

Russell has been a member of of St Martin's curling club for over 37 years and holds a very impressive list of accolades including Scottish Schools Champion 1980, Scottish Junior Champion 1983 & 1984, Scottish Men's Champion 1984 & 1995, Scottish Mixed Champion 1993, RCCC Champion 1983 & 1984, World Junior Bronze Medallist 1983 & 1984, European Curling Champion 1982 & Bronze Medallist 1983 and World Silver Medallist 1995.

Russell has also coached both men’s and women’s teams to national and international success, having coached Scottish Teams at European Ladies Curling Championships in 1991,1996, 1999, 2001, 2005 and the World Ladies Curling Championship 2000 where they reached the Semi-Final. His coaching honours include World Junior Men's Championship Silver Medallist, 1990 World Junior Ladies Championship Gold Medallist 1993, European Ladies Championship Silver Medallist 1990, 1992 & 1998 and Olympic Women's Champions 2002. Russell also assisted Olympic Head Coaching in developing and delivering a world class performance programme for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006.
Gillian Howard - Director
Gillian Howard
Gillian began curling at the age of 15 and curled for a period of 24 years mainly at her home rink of Greenacres with the Reform Curling Club then, until 2011, with the Barbarians and RBS Curling Clubs at Murrayfield. Gillian is a past Scottish Junior Curling Champion and Scottish Mixed Curling Champion and has represented Scotland on an international level at the World Junior Championship (1994), European Ladies Curling Championship (2000) and the European Mixed Curling Championship (2008).

During her years as a performance athlete, Gillian returned to university to re-train and began a professional career building a wealth of experience in Change Management and Data. She started as a Data Warehouse Developer then moved on to Project Management and Data related roles with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life Investments and HSBC. She will be joining Kames Capital in November 2014 to lead their Data team.

Though no longer able to play, she has remained keenly interested in curling and is also now an avid runner, musician and part-time Psychology student.
Alastair MacNish - Director
Alastair MacNish
Alastair became a director of British Curling upon appointment as Chairman of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club in June 2014 and remains a director of British Curling while holding that position.
Alistair spent his career in local government, initially in finance as a Chartered Accountant and then as the Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council 1995-1999, Scotland’s third largest local authority at the time. He served as the Chairman of the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland from 2001-2007 and has advised the Scottish Government on a wide range of issues, including being part of the review group for MSP remuneration, chairing the Leadership Advisory Panel on Local Government Leadership Capacity and providing evidence to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee on the budget setting.

Alistair is a member and past president of Gourock Curling Club and has competed in both the Scottish Curling Senior Championships and the National Masters Curling Championship. As well as this he also won the prestigious Dolly Cup in Geneva in 2014. Alistair was the first chairman of the board of directors of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in 1997. He also chaired the World Women’s Curling Championships in Paisley in 2006.
Professionally he brings a wealth of experience from senior posts in local government and national audit office.
Our Mission

To provide world class coaches and support programmes to our world class athletes, leading to a culture of consistent podium performances at a world class level.

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