Dr Grant Ralston – Co-Founder and Chair : August 2018
Grant is a co-founding trustee of the foundation and presently is a senior lecturer at Forth Valley College where he delivers a wide range of sport and fitness orientated courses. He graduated with a BSC (Hons) in Sports Studies with Sports development in 2008 from the University of Paisley and completed an MSc Strength and Conditioning Physiology in 2012 from the University of Edinburgh. He gained his PGCE in teaching from the University of Stirling (2015). Grant completed his PhD in the field of exercise science with a series of internationally recognised research publications in exercise physiology in 2019.
Grant has previously worked within sports and community development for several years in the areas of football coaching and swimming. Also, Grant is a keen cyclist and endurance runner with a passion for promoting physical wellness.
Hope Gordon – Appointed Jan 2019 : Vice Chair
Hope was a competitive swimmer in the Scottish Para team from 2010-2018, She won medals at National, British and International level. In 2018 Hope started kayaking and after only a couple of months in the sport she was selected to train full time with the British team and relocated to Nottingham in September 2018. Hope is training hard to take her sport as far as possible and hopefully succeed at the highest level. In 2018 Hope graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. She is very passionate about the physical and psychological benefits of taking part in sport, and also the importance of inclusion in sport at both a recreational and elite level.
Michael Clarkson – Appointed October 2020 : Charity Treasurer
Michael is a certified public accountant who has over 30 years experience in his chosen field, owning and running his own accountancy practice. Michael has quite a varied and diverse interest outside of working life and likes to keep fit by walking, swimming, using Wii Sports and visiting the gym. Michael is passionate about music and was formerly a professional singer, writing and producing two albums in addition to being the author of published poetry. Michael also enjoys archaeology and astronomy but when it comes to sport, his passion is Formula 1 and Football
Chris Kane – Appointed Jan 2019 : Charity Secretary
Chris was for many years a freelance radio broadcaster popping up occasionally on stations including BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Forth and Smooth Radio. He also hosted full time programmes on Central FM and Talk107. On Westsound Radio in Ayrshire, he was the full-time host of “Super Scoreboard” for a number of years. Today, Chris runs a media production company where he creates digital content for organisations across Scotland. He is also a Stirling Councillor and is part of the Council Administration where his portfolio includes Sport, Physical Activity and Active Living. Chris plays golf (badly) and the saxophone (worse). He also likes flying drones (thankfully quite well), is a keen amateur historian (reasonably good) and is a beekeeper (performance dependent on the mood of the bees). He’s a Trustee on Braehead Community Development Trust in Stirling and is a former Trustee of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum. He has a soft spot for Stirling Albion.
Colin Flinn – Appointed Dec 2018
Colin began his social work career in 1980 with Lothian Regional Council before moving to England to work with Barnardo’s, then NCH as their Children’s Rights Officer – the first such post in the UK. In 1994 he was appointed as Assistant Director of Children’s services with NCH Scotland and following a spell as its Acting Deputy Director of Children’s Services he became their Head of Fundraising and Marketing (Scotland and Northern Ireland) prior to moving to veterans’ charity, Poppyscotland as their Head of Fundraising. Colin joined RCET – Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity, as its Chief Executive in June 2016.
Mark Reid – Co-Founder: August 2018
Mark is a Co-founding Trustee of the Fair Play Foundation and fulfils the role of the Foundation’s Chief Executive. Mark previously worked for Supporters Direct Scotland as Project Manager before which he worked at Celtic FC as a Senior Football Development Officer. In that role he oversaw Celtic’s UK wide grassroots football programmes and separately coached within the Celtic Academy. Mark has experience co-ordinating and delivering a range of community development and health related projects in addition to Football development programmes around the world in India, Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland, Kuwait.
Mark has a BSc in Sport Studies from Paisley University.