Ken Hughes - Chairperson

Ken has recently retired as the Assistant Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament, with considerable experience in parliamentary and governmental affairs, with a previous background in strategic management and organisational development

Kim Atkinson

Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Sports Association. She took up post in March 2010 following a wide ranging involvement in sport, especially within governing bodies of sport.

Dennis Breugelmans

Dennis is currently Finance Director for Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, one of world’s largest offshore wind developments for SSE plc, a FTSE 30 company.  A former professional tennis player and coach. 

Flora Jackson

Flora’s current role is as Health Improvement Manager (Physical Activity) at NHS Health Scotland. She has extensive experience in this field, having worked nationally with NHS Health Scotland for the past 14 years.


Mark Kernaghan - Financial Director

Mark is Financial Director at the SSA. He is a qualified actuary and is currently a Financial Controller at Prudential having previously worked in a range of senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Scottish Widows and Hymans Robertson.

Gareth Maritz

Gareth is currently Global Lead: Home Partnerships at, having formerly been Commercial Manager at Scottish Rugby. His previous roles including as Account and Bid Manager (Dell) and Business Development Manager (PRM Group), include experience in sponsorship, branding and marketing, business development, value appraisals and managing procurement and tendering processes

Jillian Merchant

Jillian is currently an Associate Solicitor with Thompsons Solicitors, specialising in employment, equalities law and professional regulation. She is a strong advocate of equalities and is a regular contributor for broadcast and print media. 

Susan Rowand

Susan is currently Head of Business Banking in Scotland for HSBC Bank plc. With 20 years of experience in professional banking, in her current role she sets and implements their strategy. This incorporates: client satisfaction, financial objectives, employee engagement and development, operational risk as well as evaluating, challenging and monitoring all aspects of business performance. 

Bryan Winning

Bryan is currently heading sponsorship for the Department of International Trade, leading on cross-government projects such as Expo2020 Dubai, Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics. He was formerly Business Development Director of Oman Sail. 


Sue Beatt

Sue is the recently retired co-founder and Director of People Solutions (Scotland) Ltd, an HR and Training Consultancy, started in 2006, specialising in HR and employment law advice to numerous and varied small businesses throughout Scotland. She is a Chartered Member of CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) and hold both HR and training qualifications.

Sue has been a Director with Bowls Scotland for seven years, five of those as the first ever female Chair of the organisation.