Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson


Appointed Chairman in 2019, having served as Vice Chairman since 2017, and as Trustee Director and Sub Committee Chairman since 2012; Anthony Dawson is currently Senior Partner at J. & G. Collie & Co. and Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen. He is a former holder of the Scottish and British University Badminton titles, won various Tennis titles and represented Scotland in both fields. He has held various public appointments and including Chairman of the Active Aberdeen Partnership. In 2007, his sporting achievements were recognised by the Aberdeen Sporting Hall of Fame.
Gordon Edwards

Gordon Edwards

Vice Chairman & Sub Committee Chairman

Appointed Vice Chairman in 2019, a Trustee Director and Sub Committee Chairman since 2012; Gordon Edwards is a former Corporate Director for Resources Management in local government.  Gordon currently services on a number of Trusts and Boards in both the public and private sectors, including Grampian Housing Association and Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO).  He is also a Trustee of a national Third Sector Pension Fund. Gordon completed a postgraduate certificate in coaching in 2012 and provides coaching, mentoring and financial advice to a range of organisations.

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Paul Adderton

Sub Committee Chairman

Appointed in 2012; Paul Adderton is a former Television Producer / Director with ITV. He has worked on and covered a number of sporting events in his professional career such as Football, Shinty, Hockey, Boxing and Swimming. For ten years he managed the Multi-Media Centre at Aberdeen College holding a teaching qualification in Further Education. A follower of Test Cricket, having once been an amateur player for a local team, he now spends his spare time rifle shooting and angling; an active committee member of Aberdeen and District Angling Association.

Alistair Robertson

Alistair Robertson

Managing Director

Alistair Robertson is the Managing Director of Sport Aberdeen.  He began his career with the Scottish Sports Council in the late 1980's moving on to England where he held a variety of posts in sport and leisure management over 25 years. Before moving to Aberdeen in 2012, he had been Head of Leisure & Culture for a Metropolitan Council in Merseyside. He has had several advisory roles on leisure/sports agency committees and is a past Trustee Director of a UK Leisure Management Institute. He is a Board Director of Community Leisure UK and member of the Scottish Executive. He is passionate about the importance of leisure and its ability to improve quality of life. Away from work, he enjoys gardening, cooking and golf – but not in that order.

Colin Taylor

Colin G. Taylor

Trustee Director

Trustee Director Colin Taylor served as Sport Aberdeen Chairman from 2017 – 2019 and Vice Chairman from 2010 – 2017. Colin was born in Aberdeen and is currently Dean of Guild for the City. Colin's active sporting involvement is in golf, snooker and cycling. He is a regular spectator at Pittodrie, where he is an active Aberdeen F.C. season ticket holder. Colin also holds a number of voluntary roles in organisations and charities across the city.

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Alan Forsyth

Trustee Director

Appointed in 2015; Alan Forsyth is presently a Director of Health Safety and Environmental Management within the subsea sector of the Offshore industry.  Having raised his two children in the City of Aberdeen he has been actively involved in supporting the various sporting clubs his family have been associated with. Alan is still heavily involved in sport and is an advocate for clubs creating and maintaining pathways through their respective sports to allow all individuals to participate as a lifestyle choice. 

John Cooke

Trustee Director

Appointed in 2017; John Cooke was first elected to Aberdeen City Council representing the Hazlehead, Queens Cross & Countesswells Ward, in May 2017.

His career includes holding senior public policy/regulatory roles in the telecoms, pharmaceutical, and financial services sectors, mainly in a blue-chip environment. He has also chaired a Scottish Government Committee concerned with attracting and retaining inward investment.

He is an avid sports fan, being a passionate supporter of Scotland’s rugby and football teams, and a fan of Partick Thistle FC and Manchester United.

Gordon Graham

Trustee Director

Appointed in 2017; Gordon is a former, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager of an Offshore Oil Service Company with over 25 years experience. 

A Councillor for 18 years he has serves on various Trusts and Boards in the public sector.

He is involved in sports such as football and golf and is a founder member of Auchmill Golf Club, he is a past Captain and is currently Secretary, he is a level 2 coach and teaches golf to juniors at the club and local schools.

Claire Imrie

Trustee Director 

Appointed in early 2018, Claire Imrie is currently a Director of a small food company and serves on a number of trusts and boards around the city, including Aberdeen Performing Arts, Friends of Hazlehead, Integrated Joint Board within ACC and the Gordon Highlanders Museum.

Claire has always had an interest in sports and completed a diploma in Fitness, Health, Exercise & Anatomy Physiology as well as assisted in teaching Kickboxing at JJB Sports. She also enjoys running in local parks and playing badminton at various clubs around the city. Claire has recently been appointed the Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador for Aberdeen City Council and feels that health and fitness play an invaluable role in helping diminish mental health issues and improve wellbeing.

Board Member Dean Phillips

Dean Phillips

Trustee Director

Appointed in 2018, Dean Phillips is currently Assistant Director of Digital and Information Services at the University of Aberdeen. With a career spanning over 30 years, he is a highly experienced leader of strategy, vision and change. Dean has held a number of senior roles with the University of Aberdeen and the NHS, managing relationships with and between key stakeholders, recent focus has been on the delivery of shared services across the city. 

A chartered IT professional, he was awarded a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (IoD) in 2009. Currently Director and Chair of Garthdee Alpine Sports, Trustee Treasurer of UCISA and USL Ltd., Director of Medical Illustration at NHS Grampian and committee member of IoD Aberdeen branch. He participates in many sports and enjoys all aspects of keeping active outdoors and has also gained professional qualifications in fitness training.

Tracie Watson

Tracie Watson

Trustee Director

Appointed in 2018, Tracie Watson is currently the Business Development Director for a Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality company based in Aberdeen. Having worked in the oil and gas services industry for 25 years, Tracie who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has held a variety of senior positions.

Having raised a family in Aberdeen and as a keep fit enthusiast, Tracie and her family continue to enjoy many of Sport Aberdeen’s services through, tennis, golf, gym, swimming and skiing.  Tracie is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of sport and activity in the community and has held several voluntary roles in a variety of organisations and professional bodies in Aberdeen. 

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Susan Elston

Trustee Director

Appointed in December 2018, Susan Elston is currently the Senior Vice President Offshore and Marine for SODEXO UK&I. Born in Middlesbrough and moved to Aberdeen in 1999. Susan joined Sodexo in 2011 following a career in oil & gas operations.

Susan is a MBA graduate  and chair of Board for Aberdeen Foyer, Board Member NESCOL, Former Board member of Oil & Gas UK and Trustee of Hardship Committee of Oil & Gas UK Chaplaincy.

Susan is a recipient of the Institute of Directors Scottish Female Director of the Year Award and Grampian Director of the Year. Susan has Numerous awards for Safety including British Safety Council Sword of Honour and seven consecutive RoSPA sector Awards. Susan is also a member of the steering committe of SoTogether – Sodexo Advisory Board for Gende-rand co-sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Development programme.

Below you will find the various Terms of Reference documents pertaining to Sport Aberdeen.

Terms of Reference Committees