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Derek Keir – Chief Executive Officer

Derek joined the Camanachd Association in 2017 after spending four years with the National Agency for Sport, sportscotland. Previous to that Derek held positions in Disability Sport with Sheffield Wednesday and as a PE Teacher and School Sport Coordinator in London. Derek has also started and led International Sport for Development Charity Umutima supporting education and sport in Zambia and also coached across America. Throughout his career Derek has held positions that have supported others in achieving their goals as well as playing sport to a semi professional level. Derek said "Shinty is a vibrant and integral part of Scottish life and the favourite part of my role is getting to support the incredible efforts of volunteers and all those that contribute to our sport across Shinty playing communities. 

Graham Cormack – National Development Manager

Graham has been with the Camanachd Association since July 2007. Previously he held positions with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Rugby Union and Highland Council Education department.

In his long involvement in sports development and education he has always focussed on providing opportunities for people to participate and perform to the highest levels possible. This covers Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Club volunteers and supporters from Primary School to International level.

Graham said: “The most rewarding aspect is witnessing people demonstrating their commitment, techniques and skills while enjoying all the benefits of health and wellbeing. 2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways but I look forward with confidence to our sport restarting in 2021 and providing excitement and rewards to all involved in the Shinty Community.”

The CA Development Team and Staff are dedicated to helping Clubs, Schools and individuals. Please make contact if you require assistance or just want to talk SHINTY.

Astie Cameron – Operations & Events Manager/Regional Development Officer – West

Deborah MacPherson – Finance & Admin Manager

Ronald Ross – Regional Development Manager – East

Katie Drain– Regional Development Officer – North 

Paul MacArthur – Regional Development Officer – Central

Although Paul is the Central DO he hails from Newtonmore and has played shinty at all age groups from primary school through to International Level. You might not think it but Paul is a quiet guy. He has a real passion for Sports Development and improving opportunities for everyone to take part and is always willing to jump in and help with projects. As well playing shinty, Paul is also a keen golfer. He is competitive and does not like to lose…but then, who does? 

Aarron Duncan-MacLeod - Marketing & Communications Officer

Despite only being at the CA a short time, Aarron has managed to get himself photographed at every possible event

Aarron is the newest member of our team having joined in the Summer of 2019. Before joining the Camanachd Association, Aarron studied Politics, International Relations & Geography at Aberdeen University.

Living in Beauly, Aarron has spent much of his life in and around shinty and is keen to help grow our presence both on social media and on the ground across our varied communities.

Aarron said: “My most enjoyable time at the Camanachd Association so far was travelling with the National team to Ireland in October 2019 to watch us win the Mowi Shinty/Hurling International (again).

If you have any questions regarding how to grow the social presence of your club or require any support with marketing, communications or just want to know how you can get more involved with the Camanachd Association then please make contact with Aarron.

THE BOARD (At 9.12.2020)

Steven MacKenzie – President

Ross Brown – Coaching & Development

Ross, a native of Wester Ross was a noted player and former manager of his home club Lochcarron. During his playing career Ross was part of a Lochcarron team that gained promotion to the Premiership in 2002 as well as winning the Balliemore Cup. During that time Ross also won a Scotland U21 cap.

After a spell away from the game when he worked as a Real Tennis Professional in Melbourne, Paris and Oxford, Ross returned to Lochcarron to play and manage before moving south to work with the Scottish Ambulance Service.  

On his return Ross served as a coach for the Scotland Women’s International side during a period which saw them win in both Dublin and Inverness.

As an active official Ross referees regularly in the Mowi Premiership. He has also taken charge of the 2018 Glasgow Celtic Society Cup final and in 2019 he handled the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup final at Fort William and the televised Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi between Newtonmore and Caberfeidh.

Daniel Palombo  – Finance

William MacDonald  – Youth

Lyndsay Bradley  – Officials and Women's Camanachd Association

She has coached the South U14 girls for the past few years and was selected to coach the Scotland U18 Ladies team for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Additionally, she was recognised by the WCA on three occasions in the last few years being awarded Development Coach of the Year, South 2 Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at the annual awards. In 2019 she received the Donella Crawford Award.

In her role as a Cluster Headteacher, she continues to develop shinty within the curriculum and will also be assisting Ardnamurchan High School as they move to become a School of Shinty.

Since joining the Board, she has already taken steps to improve the links between the CA, WCA and CRA and also brought her knowledge of the Education system to help take forward initiatives to further develop school and Youth Shinty.

Burton Morrison - Competitions

A chartered civil engineer, now retired, Burton is a native of Drumnadrochit and was part of the successful Aberdeen University team of the early 70s which he captained to Sutherland Cup success in 1973.

After moving to Glasgow, he played for Glasgow Mid Argyll for over twenty years, managed the first team and became Club President in the early nineties.

Burton gained representative honours playing for Scotland in each of the shinty-hurling matches which took place between 1976 and 1979. Later on, he assisted Kingussie legend Donnie Grant in managing the Scotland U21 team in 1991and 1992, taking over as manager for the period 1993-96. In 1996, he returned to coaching, and was a founder member and first chairman of Milngavie and Bearsden Junior Shinty Club.

Roddy McCuish - Communications and Facilities (South)

Roddy McCuish (left) alongside former President, Keith Loades

Roddy is a great friend to shinty in Oban and brings to the Association a wealth of experience gained over many years in Local Government. He is an independent member of the Argyll and Bute Council, having formerly been the leader of the council twice and at present he is Deputy Provost of Argyll and Bute. His knowledge of the workings of the Council and his membership of various committees and his position as President of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) fits him well for his role as Comms & Facilities South Director with a special remit on the Argyll & Bute Focus Group with the Camanachd Association.

Shinty-wise, Roddy is a member of the Macaulay Association and takes a keen interest in the sport and is always eager to protect the interests of his home town clubs and Oban’s strategically important Mossfield Stadium. In this role he presented the Macaulay Cup and the silver mounted caman to 2019’s winning captain, Robert Mabon (Kingussie). 

John Finlayson - Communications and Facilities (North)

John has been involved in shinty for over 50 years having started playing when in High School. Other than 5 years when he played for Glasgow University, where he also assumed the role of manager and administrator for the team, the rest of his shinty career was with Skye Camanachd. During his playing career he was lucky enough to win both Sutherland Cup and Camanachd Cup medals and also coached and then managed Skye Camanachd in the 1990’s.

In his previous career as a H.T. he was very involved in supporting youth shinty and sustainable efforts to grow the game in communities across the country. He established a very successful youth pathway in Portree when he was H.T. and  he  was also Chairman of The Isle of Skye Primary School’s Camanachd Association for many years.

John has served as a director for 3 years up to 2020 and during this period was influential in marketing projects such as; obtaining funding to employ a Marketing & Comms Officer, raising the profile of shinty online (both through the website & social media). In addition to this he has supported on many facility developments including the Feasibility Study on the Bught Park, Inverness which is ongoing. He also believes strongly that the work of the Board needs to revolve around a strong team ethos and an empowerment agenda and good communication with clubs. While giving the keynote speech at a Sport Scotland regional event last year he said, “Shinty belongs to clubs and communities and the Board is there to offer advice and support to shape a sustainable and strategic direction for our beloved sport.

Kirsty Deans - Club Leadership (Volunteers) & Young People

Kirsty was first co-opted onto board  in April 2020 later ratified at AGM November 2020. She grew up in Kingussie and is still based there, currently teaching PE at Forres Academy. She has played for Badenoch Ladies since 2008 when the club was formed and has enjoyed a great deal of success in doing so, winning the Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup on 2 occasions and enjoying her first league victory in 2019.

Kirsty is also a multi-time Scotland international, having made her debut in 2009 she first captained the national team in 2018. Despite her proficiency with a caman, Kirsty also boasts great technique with a  football and currently plays with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Her role as a teacher undoubtedly prepares her well for the Club Leadership & Young People portfolio she will be taking on and we look forward to the further development of our successful School of Shinty programme. 

Non-voting Observers at Board

  • John MacKenzie– The Chieftain
  • Sarah Birrell sportscotland
  • Vacant - Player Representative

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