Trio join Scottish Women’s Football Board

Ainslie Pettie, SWF;s new Policy Director
Ainslie Pettie, SWF’s new Policy Director

Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) has made a number of key appointments to strengthen its Board to support the further growth of the women’s and girls’ game in Scotland.

Former professional footballer, scout and coach Derek Allan joins the Board as Strong Quality Growth Director, focussed on the further development of the youth game. Derek is Head of Recruitment and Talent Acquisition at engineering consultancy Booth Welsh.

Ainslie Pettie has been appointed Policy Director. Ainslie is currently Deputy Nominated Officer at NatWest and is passionate about both football and ensuring equal opportunities for girls and women.

David Stephen becomes the organisation’s new Finance Director, taking over from Gavin Michie who has decided to retire after over a decade in the role. A qualified accountant, David brings valuable finance, IT and planning experience from a range of roles including his current position as Finance Director of Macsween of Edinburgh.

David Stephen becomes the SWF’s new Finance Director
David Stephen, SWF’s new Finance Director

Commenting on the appointments, Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of Scottish Women’s Football said: “We have been delighted with the calibre of applicants for the Board roles and the passion and commitment they demonstrated for the further development of the women’s and girls’ game.

“I’d like to welcome our new Board members and look forward to working with them over the next few years.

“I’d also like to thank our outgoing Finance Director, Gavin Michie. His absolute focus on growing all that we do has been unwavering. His knowledge and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. We thank him for over 10 years of support and wish him well in his continued role as Chair of Boroughmuir Thistle FC.”

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