Our Board Members

Anthony Dawson – Chairman

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 sports. He has held various public appointments including Chairman of the Active Aberdeen Partnership. In 2007, his sporting achievements were recognised by the Aberdeen Sporting Hall of Fame.
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.
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; and is an active committee member of Aberdeen and District Angling Association.
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 was Head of Leisure and 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 its Scottish Executive. He is passionate about the importance of leisure and its ability to improve quality of life. Away from work, he enjoys golf, gardening and cooking.
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.
Alan Forsyth – Trustee Director

Appointed in 2015, Alan Forsyth is 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 Graham 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 served on various trusts and boards in the public sector. He is involved in sports such as football and golf. He is a founder member and past Captain of Auchmill Golf Club, and is currently Secretary and a level 2 coach, teaching golf to juniors at the club and local schools.
Dean Phillips – Trustee Director

Appointed in 2018, Dean Phillips is 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. He is currently Trustee Treasurer of UCISA and USL Ltd., Director of Medical Illustration at NHS Grampian and a 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 – Trustee Director

Appointed in 2018, Tracie Watson is 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.
Susan Elston – Trustee Director

Appointed in December 2018, Susan Elston is the Senior Vice President Offshore and Marine for SODEXO UK&I. Born in Middlesbrough, she moved to Aberdeen in 1999 and joined Sodexo in 2011, following a career in oil and gas operations. Susan is a MBA graduate and Chair of the Board for Aberdeen Foyer, a 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 committee of SoTogether – Sodexo Advisory Board for Gender and co-sponsor of their Women’s Leadership Development programme.

Below you will find the various terms of reference documents pertaining to Sport Aberdeen Committees of the Board.

Terms of Reference

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