Tag: SOA BOard

Meet the SOA Board – June 2024

After the June 2024 AGM, we thought now was a pertinent time to give you a bit of background about your current board and a quick summary of what their jobs involve. You will have seen from the 2024 AGM Booklet that some of the board ( Chair, President, interim Operations Director and Finance Director) have indicated they will step down from their posts in September when an EGM is being held as part of the Club Networking Day in Perth on 14th September (more to follow on this later).

Chair – Keith Dawson

The role of SOA Chair is an interesting and varied one, including Charing the Board to ensure it provides a clear strategic direction to SOA, through ensuring the Board meets it’s financial duties to maintain the health of SOA, to an ambassadorial role with stakeholders. This leads onto ensuring good governance practices are maintained. All this, working with a committed group of like minded individuals working to make sure the sport is a thriving one. 

The last two years have been particularly challenging and interesting. Highlights were ensuring that WOC24 eventually took place amidst major financing challenges, successfully applying for the World Masters MTBO Champs in 2026 and helping shape SOA strategy for the next four years with our major funder Sport Scotland. Sadly my increased responsibilities to Ukraine and recovering from a major injury preclude me continuing. I know my successor will find it an interesting role and much less challenging with WOC24 behind us.

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Seeking New Board Members

The next few years will be an exciting time for Scottish Orienteering as we build towards the World Sprint Orienteering Championships in Edinburgh in 2024 and beyond.

There are a number of SOA Board Director roles coming up in the next few months, to be filled at the AGM in May. They give the opportunity to put back into the sport and have a strategic impact. The Board Team work to help develop and grow our great sport alongside our Clubs and Development Staff, funded by sportscotland. Board Directors are also Trustees of the charity.

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