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.

Foundation Trustees

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.

Dee Bradbury - Trustee

Scottish Rugby President

A founding member of the women’s section at Oban Lorne R.F.C., Dee went on to occupy several Committee roles within the club and is now Honorary President of Oban Lorne R.F.C. She was a Police Officer with Strathclyde Police and latterly Police Scotland and is now retired. Dee currently sits as Scottish Rugby’s representative to Rugby Europe and is also on the Women’s Committee for Rugby Europe. She has previously managed Scotland Women U18. An accomplished athlete, she has represented Scotland and GB in athletics as junior and Masters level. Married with two sons, one playing professionally for Edinburgh Rugby and the other currently enjoying University rugby having previously represented Scotland at U20 Level.

Ian Barr - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Vice President

Ian is currently managing the family farming and sportsground contracting business and is a spin Instructor for Midlothian Council. Ian was President of Lasswade RFC for 15 years, served on the Scottish Rugby Council from 2012-2017 with 2 years on the Board and was a Scotland under 20 Ambassador from 2013 -2017.

Bob Richmond - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Council Member

Bob joined Mackie FPs at its inception in 1976 and has been involved ever since. He has been on the committee for 42 years and served as Captain , Treasurer, Vice President , President three times and coach. Bob is currently Hon President and Chairman. He also worked with North East Hurricanes for 12 years and has a wealth of coaching experience. He spent 10 years on the old north district committee and more recently has been on the Caledonia Championship Committee for five years.

Hazel Swankie - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Council Member

Hazel has been a member of Dunfermline RFC since the late 90's. She initially got involved in the fundraising and sponsoring of the club. She joined the Management Committee as secretary in 2008 and still holds this position. She has also been fixture and referee secretary, Vice President and the first female President of the club. During her time in these roles, Hazel has gained a good understanding of what challenges clubs face on a daily basis in trying to remain sustainable and financially viable.

William Gardner - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Council Member

William is a past President and Life Member of Lanark Rugby Football Club.He was re-elected as the Glasgow North Representative on the SRU Council in 2019 and is also a Council Representative on the Advisory Group to the West Regional Academy Group. He is a Trustee of the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.

Alistair Forsyth - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Council Member

Alistair has been a member of the Earlston club for 40 years, from player to serving various committee roles, ultimately being President Seasons 1996-1998. A graduate of Heriot- Watt University he also played rugby whilst attending. Following on from hanging up his boots he was elected on the then Scottish Borders Rugby Union Board. He is a past secretary of the Border League. Alistair is currently employed by Scottish Borders Council as Senior Quantity Surveyor.

Murdo Gillanders - Trustee

Scottish Rugby Council Member

Murdo has been involved in Scottish club rugby for many years playing for Kelvinside Accies and GHK in his native Glasgow, before moving through to Edinburgh and joining Lismore. He is a past captain, coach and President of Lismore. Murdo is also Hon Vice President and Senior Adviser to University of Edinburgh Sports Union and Trustee of Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.

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.

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Support Chris Laidlaw !

The son of one of Scottish Rugby’s all-time greats is preparing for an “amazing challenge” for charity in 2021.

Chris Laidlaw, 30, a Scotland Club XV International stand-off and captain of Boroughmuir Bears (winners of the FOSROC Super6 Scottish Cup), is taking a year out of the game in 2021 – to run 12 marathons in 12 months!

The 12 in 12 quest will begin on New Year’s Day when he will set off from the Boroughmuir clubhouse at 10am to pound the pavements for some 26 miles.

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