Outgoing CEO Vincent Bryson shares a laugh with Sandie Graham
21.03.2022

Chair update - 2 new Board members & CEO departure

CHAIR UPDATE - STAFF AND BOARD – 2 New Directors & CEO moving on

I would like to update everyone on some changes within the organisation. 

We have recruited 2 new Board Directors and we will see some changes within the staff team as CEO Vincent Bryson moves on in a few weeks.

Vinny has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish Archery over the last 7 years, both on the board and as CEO. He has been a significant part of the transformation of the organisation and an excellent leader of the staff team throughout this time. 

Coming into archery as an Independent Director back in 2015, Vinny was brand new to the sport but was keen to volunteer his time on the board. Since then he has been at the forefront of strategic innovation for the sport, seeing Scottish Archery through two strategic review cycles which have had a demonstrative impact on Archery in Scotland.

The Board and staff team are very sorry to lose him but we wish him all the best for his next venture and we hope he stays connected with the sport in some way.

In terms of board recruitment, I am delighted to confirm Alison Ross from East Kilbride Archery Club has joined the board. I am equally excited to announce Shabaz Khan has joined as an Independent Director.

Alison will be well known to many of the members, with a long archery CV and a driving force within the East Kilbride club. Alison has also sat on the Scottish Archery Equality Group for a number of years and will fulfill this portfolio on the Board – contact her on equalities@scottisharchery.org.uk 

Alison had this to say about her appointment.

“Faced with the prospect of standing around for 3 hours whilst my sons took part in a beginners' course, I decided to take part myself. I was very quickly hooked! After shooting with Glasgow Archers for 10 years I decided to explore the possibility of setting up a club myself – and resurrected East Kilbride Archery Club after it had lay dormant for 10 years. I was approached to join the Equality Action Group in April 2019 and am delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Scottish Archery with the Equalities portfolio.”

Shabaz has been involved in sport for a number of years, beginning with Modern Apprenticeship at Scottish Rugby. He then went on to college to secure HND in Sport Coaching and Development before gaining a 1st class honours degree in International Sports Management from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2019. 

He said;
“Throughout my years as a student I continued to work in sport within a number of roles including coaching, coach education, sports development and project management. Since 2019 I have been working full-time in Motorsport as National Development Officer at Scottish Motor Sports and more recently Learning and Development Manager at SACU - Motorcycle Sport Scotland. I've volunteered in sport since 2012 and I've always had a passion for inclusion.

I feel Archery has the potential to be the most inclusive sport in Scotland and I'm hoping to bring my experience in communication as well as equality & diversity to the board. “

Shabaz will fulfil an Independent Director without Portfolio role – contact him on Independent@scottisharchery.org.uk 

Chair Jennifer Griffin Said
“I am delighted to welcome Shabaz and Alison on to the Board. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from different sectors which supports diversity in perspective across the board. 

Alison has been connected to archery for a long time, and as member she can relate directly to what is going on within clubs which is hugely valuable. She has also been a member of the Equality Committee for a number of years, so her expertise in this area will support us as we implement the new strategy. 
Shabaz has worked and volunteered in various roles across several sports, so he can bring in new examples of effective practice he has seen along the way. His knowledge and experience in the inclusion and diversity space will also go a long way to helping us achieve the strategic vision for the sport.

I hope the members of Scottish Archery join me in welcoming them on board”.
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