British Curling is predominantly governed by a volunteer board of directors, listed below. They are selected through an 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 Scottish Curling support the board of directors and have delegated authority for specific tasks and areas of operation for British Curling.
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 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 menâ€™s and womenâ€™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.
Rob has a broad and diverse business background, coupled with a passion for curling. He has been the Senior Partner in his family Business for 20 Years. It is involved in farming, retail, restaurant hospitality, renewables, property and leisure.
Employing 70 people brings a knowledge of people management, contractual law and employment law, but also emphasises the need to get the best out of a team through incentives and targets.
Rob has served on various committees, the most relevant being the Perth Masters, World Juniors 2011 and also served for two years as a director of the Kinross Curling Trust gaining insights into finance generation and budgeting for a curling facility.
As a club player at national level he has an understanding of what is required for performance athlete. By actively performing in our Scottish Tour, WCT events and Scottish Championships he has gained exposure to the feedback of those inside and outside of the programme. I have participated at all levels of RCCC competitions from Rink Championships, Province, Pairs, Mixed, Scottish Finals and District Medals. This gives me an understanding of the link between grass roots curling and Elite levels of the sport.