Introducing Neil Rankin, SOA Welfare Director

We are truly delighted to welcome Neil Rankin to the SOA Board of Directors. As an Independent Director, Neil was approved by the Board following an application and interview process. Neil brings to the role significant experience in the Scottish sporting system and professional insight into the areas of welfare, equity and inclusion.

Welfare Director

Neil Rankin, SOA Welfare Director

Neil is currently the South East Regional Development Coordinator for Scottish Student Sport, a diverse role working closely with some of Scotland’s biggest academic institutions and governing bodies. Neil leads on delivering a series of best practice webinars which have covered topics including Disability Sport, Mental Health and Engaging the Inactive. He is also leading a project on developing safeguarding resources for student clubs.

In previous roles in sport Neil has worked with The Swiss Academy for Development, Beyond Sport, Commonwealth Games England and BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport). In these last two roles Neil enjoyed the opportunity to work as HQ staff at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the World University Games in Naples.

Neil is a keen footballer and runner, having completed half marathons and with a goal of running the Seven Hills of Edinburgh in 2021.