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Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen strengthens its board with three new appointments


Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen has recently strengthened its board with the appointment of three new trustee directors – Kathleen Johnston, Mary Forbes and Leigh Mair.

As an Aberdeen medical graduate, Kathleen enjoys a multi-faceted career. She is a consultant anaesthetist in NHS Grampian – her current practice is around neuro-anaesthesia and anaesthesia for trauma and orthopaedics. She is a director and trustee of the Association of Anaesthetists and has represented anaesthetists in the UK and Ireland, providing strategic direction on clinical, political and social matters.

Mary is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of dispute resolution –most recently as senior associate at CMS Cameron McKenna. Throughout her career, she has held roles in both private and public sectors including serving as a legal officer for the British Army. She has various sporting interests including golf, tennis and CrossFit.

Leigh is passionate about the benefits of physical activity for all ages and has more than 20 years’ experience working for blue chip pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Her previous roles include strategic development, change management and improving business performance in large organisations. She has contributed to several Scottish Parliament Cross-party groups including diabetes, health inequalities and rural policy. 

Leigh currently works at InnoScot Health – in partnership with NHS Scotland – to identify, protect, develop and commercialise new innovations from healthcare professionals.

Tony Dawson, Sport Aberdeen chairman, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have added this eclectic mix of individuals with an array of experience and knowledge to the board of directors.

“Each new trustee director brings a wealth of skills and insights from both a professional perspective and from their personal interests, which I believe will further strengthen the leadership of the charity.”