Trustees and Officials
The aim of the trustees is to build up the General Fund, to give assistance wherever appropriate and approved by the Trustees, taking into account the possibility of several large requests for assistance in any one year.
Ian Rankin - Chair
Ian is a member of Howe of Fife and an honorary member of Dundee High Rugby and played club rugby for Howe and for North Midlands.
His coaching career took him from Club to Caledonia Reds, Edinburgh Reivers, Edinburgh, Combined Districts, Scotland 20s and Scotland A and the Scotland Club International squad.
He was elected SRU Vice President in 2013 and became President in 2014-15 when he became senior trustee of the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation becoming Chairman in 2015. He is also on the Board of the Guinness Pro 12 representing the interests of Scottish Rugby.
Jim Littlefair - Trustee
Jim served as President of North Berwick RFC from 2009-12, during which time he led a major refurbishment of the club's facilities. As a player he played for Stewart's Melville FP from 1972-84. Jim was elected as one of the Scottish Rugby Council's representatives on the Scottish Rugby Board in 2015.
Jim is also a Director of Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust.
Alan Brown - Trustee
Alan Brown was born in Galashiels in 1956 and educated at Galashiels Academy, Hawick High School and the Scottish College of Textiles.
During his playing career Alan played for Galashiels Academy, Gala Red Triangle, Hawick High School, Hawick Trades, Gala 'A', Gala Star and Royal High.
A chartered accountant by profession he has worked in the social housing sector for many years and is currently the Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Eildon Housing Association Ltd.
He has served on the committee of: Royal High RFC, Gala Star RFC and Gala Wanderers RFC as well as serving as Treasurer of the Gala Junior Rugby Council and the Secretary of the Border Semi-Junior League.
Alan is currently Treasurer of Gala Wanderers RFC and of the Borders Semi-Junior League and serves as a Trustee on the Murrayfield Centenary Fund.
Graham Kerr - Trustee
Graham has been a member of Alloa RFC for many years, serving the club as a player, Coach Secretary and Vice President. As a rugby administrator Graham was employed as Caledonia Rugby Administration Executive between 1997 and 2006.
Since 2006 he has served on the Caledonia Competitions Committee and is currently Caledonia Midlands Age Grade Convenor. He also chairs the National Youth Forum and serves as the Council Ambassador with the Scotland U18 team.
Adam Gray - Trustee
Adam played for Stewartry RFC from 1982-92, captaining the first XV from 1987-89. An accredited Level 3 coach Adam coached Stewartry from 1992-2006, winning three promotions and being recognised as National Leage "Coach of the Year" in 2005. He coached at Glasgow U18 level in 2003 and Glasgow U19 in 2004 and travelled with the Scotland U17 squad to their training camp in Valladolid as an assistant coach in 2007 and 2008.
From 2006-10 Adam was employed by Scottish Rugby as Performance Development Manager in Glasgow South.
Adam served on Scottish Rugby's Referee Selection Panel from 2011-13 and is currently a member of the Referees Advisory Panel.
Mike Monroe - Trustee
Mike is a former pupil of Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and thereafter attended Aberdeen University obtaining a degree in Law in 1974. His professional work has been in private practice specialising in criminal court matters.
Mike is a member of Aberdeen Wanderers has also been a member of Aberdeenshire since 1971. At Aberdeenshire Mike served on the committee in many roles including secretary and president. After retiring as a player Mike refereed for seven years and served as secretary of his local referees society.
Mike was a committee member of the now defunct North District Rugby Union and remains a committee member of its successor, Caley North Forum and Caley Championship Committee.
Rob Flockhart - Trustee
Rob Flockhart was elected as Vice President of the SRU at the Union’s AGM in 2015. A retired solicitor, Rob played for the High School of Dundee, Panmure, Edinburgh University, Melrose, Boroughmuir and Corstorphine. He also gained representative honours with Edinburgh.
Following his retirement from playing Rob served as Team Manager of the Edinburgh U21, Scotland U21, senior Edinburgh and Scotland “A” teams, and for a period acted as a selector of the Scotland team. Rob is an experienced international Citing Commissioner and has served on disciplinary panels for the SRU, Pro12, ERC, Six Nations and World Rugby.
During his long service to the game Rob has contributed significantly to Scottish Rugby’s governance procedures, not least through Chairing the Union’s Second Governance Working Party in 2005/06 and acting as the independent Chair of the Union’s Governance Working Party for a number of years thereafter.
Ian Forsyth - Independent Trustee
Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1969. Joined Scottish Widows investment team in 1972 with numerous roles including Head of UK Equities in 1979/80. His final role was that of Investment Director in the Corporate Pension Fund team with responsibility for client liaison for a number of large Pension Fund clients.
Ian played 1st XV rugby for Stewart’s FP and Stewart’s Melville FP from 1964 to 1981; playing career ended in 1983.
He was capped six times for Scotland at centre in the early seventies, played thirty four times for Edinburgh from 1969 to 1980. Also played for Barbarians, Combined Cities and Co-optimists.
From 1983 until 1995 filled a number of non-playing/administrative posts at Stewart’s Melville, including Chairman, President, Assistant Coach, Secretary and Selector.
Elected to Edinburgh Committee in 1995, manager of Edinburgh “A” XV.
Scotland “A” selector, 1995 – 2003.
Currently a volunteer with St Columba’s Hospice and was an Independent Examiner for the accounts of two small charities for a number of years.
Hugh Pollock - Administrator
I was delighted to be invited to take over as Administrator following Bill Hogg’s death in 2011. Bill of course had been the administrator since the early days of the Murrayfield Centenary Fund, set up in 1972.
Bill & I were fellow CAs (I ran my own practice for over 25 years), and both with a long involvement in all things rugby. In my case at Melrose – as a player, then treasurer for 20 years, and President (1999-2001), and still serving as a member of committee.
I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement with MIPF and it has been inspirational meeting many of our beneficiaries, as well as some similar visitors from England (RFU) & Ireland (IRFU) in recent years where some reciprocal arrangements have been put in place.
Ian Rankin, MIPF's chairman, is taking part in not one, but two fundraising events shortly.
He'll be cycling the Etape Loch Ness (66 miles) on 23rd April 2017 and the Caledonia Etape (81 miles) on 21st May 2017 to raise money for the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.
Please support Ian's effort at Just Giving.