Craig Burn is Scottish Cycling's New Chief Executive


Craig Burn is Scottish Cycling's New Chief Executive

Posted: 14th June 2011

Scottish Cycling is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Burn as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 August 2011.

Craig leaves his post as Sport and Outdoor Education Manager with North Lanarkshire Council where he was responsible for managing the Council's sports development, Active Schools and outdoor education services. This encompassed driving the Council's strategic approach and leading a diverse team of over 70 full time staff, 150 sessional coaches and over 400 volunteers. Craig was also the Council's corporate Legacy lead for Glasgow 2014.

He has extensive sports development experience at local, regional and national level including working as a Lead Manager with sportscotland where he became a member of the senior management team. His work there included managing a team of governing body partnership managers and successfully building the foundations for a new performance and development regional infrastructure, particularly in Tayside and Fife where he was Regional Manager for four years. Craig also supported the development of SGB performance plans and managed the relationships and investments for 2014 Ryder Cup Legacy Programme, the Scottish Golf organisations and Scottish Rugby.

Commenting on his appointment Craig said:

"I am delighted to be joining Scottish Cycling at this exciting time with London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 rapidly approaching. I look forward to ensuring the sport capitalises on these unique opportunities and will strive to ensure that we deliver growth and success. The passion and enthusiasm from the Board, staff and members is clearly evident and I look forward to working with all who are committed to developing cycling in Scotland".

He succeeds Jackie Davidson who left at the beginning of May after five years to take up the appointment as the new Manager of the clubgolf Ryder Cup Legacy Programme based in St Andrews.

Craig stays in West Lothian with his partner Lorraine and their young family Gregor and Orla.

Alasdair MacLennan, President of Scottish Cycling said:

"Craig is a first class appointment for us - he comes to us with a strong track record of success and the experience to take Scottish Cycling to the next level as a sport and as an organisation. His local authority and sportscotland experience will be invaluable as we work to grow the sport and perform at the 2012 and 2014 Games".

"Jackie did a tremendous job in growing the sport and strengthening the organisation during her five years. She established our new Regional structure and was instrumental in creating the Consortium that established the Mountain Bike Strategic Framework (Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland) which will lead the development of the sport throughout Scotland. We thank her for all her hard work on behalf of the sport, and wish her well in her new post".

To enable Scottish Cycling to continue to operate smoothly, sportscotland has supported the interim appointment of Brian Samson as CEO for the three months until Craig takes up his post on 1 August.