Meet The Staff

Alan McMillan
(Chief Executive Officer)

Alan has been CEO of Bowls Scotland since its inception in 2010 and was for the year preceding this, the CEO of the Scottish Bowling Association. His role is to support both staff and Board in the delivery of the 4 year strategy, link with external partners to secure funding and overview the daily delivery of the organisation.
Having worked with a number of other sports as well as sportscotland prior to being employed by Bowls Scotland, Alan has built up a successful career in sports management over a 26 year period.
A former badminton Internationalist, Alan is still a keen all-round sportsman, playing bowls at his local club- JG Fleming in Houston, Renfrewshire as well as playing golf and cycling both at his local clubs.

John Kemp
(National Development Manager)

John manages a team responsible for the development of the sport – increasing participation in the sport, supporting volunteers in clubs, and working with clubs to improve. He has worked in a range of sport development roles both in Scotland and internationally, and volunteers in sport in various capacities.
John has represented Scotland in Clay Target Shooting, recently took up cycling and enjoys occasional games of golf and bowls with friends and family.

Claire Johnston
(Competitions & Events Officer)

Claire joined Bowls Scotland in 2015 and is responsible for supporting the delivery of Bowls Scotland’s competitions and events throughout the season. She works closely with the Competition & Events Group to plan, co-ordinate administer and evaluate the programme of events and volunteer/official training within Bowls Scotland.

Rhona Howie MBE
(High Performance Manager)

Rhona started with Bowls Scotland in May 2015 working closely with the High Performance Coach to ensure the players are prepared to compete on the world stage and implementing a Performance pathway to provide opportunities for Bowlers across Scotland.
She has been selected as Team Manager for Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Rhona competed competitively in Curling for 22 years winning a Gold medal in 2002 Winter Olympics, then coached at various World Junior, Ladies and Olympic Games and was Team Manager for the GB Olympic Curling Team.
She was inducted into Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and completed the UK sport Elite Coach Programme.

David Gourlay
(High Performance Coach)

David Gourlay is the High Performance Coach and works with the High Performance Manager to ensure the players are prepared to compete on the world stage.
David is one of Scotland’s most successful bowlers having won 11 World Bowls Tour Titles and represented Scotland in 1998 Commonwealth Games.
David was the Head Coach that led Team Scotland’s bowls team to the success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

(Marketing & Communications Officer)

Graham Cole
(Office Manager)

Graham is responsible for the day to day running of the Bowls Scotland office and managing the office staff. The Office Manager role involves working with and managing Bowls Scotland office staff and overseeing the office administration and procedures. As a key role within Bowls Scotland, the Office Manager contributes to the overall aims of the organisation by ensuring the smooth running of the office.
Graham is also a Bowls Scotland District Secretary and a member of Kingswood Bowling Club.

Liz Craig
(Finance Officer)

Liz joined Bowls Scotland in 2015 and is responsible for dealing with finance procedures, paying invoices and managing payments.

Cheryl Gibson
(Office Administrator)

Cheryl began in the Bowls Scotland office in November 2010 and is the main point of contact for any enquiries to the office via email and phone. Cheryl assists with general administration in the office including PVG applications.

Gemma Smith
(Office Administrator)

Gemma started working for Bowls Scotland in October 2015.
She has undertaken a Business Administration Apprenticeship as part of her role in Bowls Scotland and is currently the Apprentice Procurement Administrator for the office.
A large part of Gemma’s role involves supporting the Development staff in administrating the coaching courses and register of interest as well as running the administration side of Try Bowls.

Steven Barclay
(Competition & Events Administrator)

Steven started with Bowls Scotland in June 2010.
Steven is responsible for supporting the Competition & Events Officer in delivering of Bowls Scotland’s competitions and events throughout the season. He is responsible for administration of the National Championship draws and also supports in areas of IT.

Duncan Caithness
(Coach & Volunteer Education Officer)

Duncan has the role of leading, planning and delivering the Bowls Scotland Coach Education and Volunteer Development Programme which aims to increase the number, quality and diversity of bowls coaches in Scotland. This in turn will help support the growth in club membership nationally and contribute to promoting a more positive and modern image of the sport.
Duncan has over 15 years of experience in the world of Sports Development and Coach Education, in both a professional and voluntary capacity. Duncan has supported local Sports Clubs and developed Coach and Volunteer Education opportunities for coaches and committee members in Fife. It was in this role that Duncan developed a passion for bowls and when the opportunity arose to work for Bowls Scotland, he grasped it with both hands.
Married to Kelly, Duncan has three young boys and a cocker spaniel, and in his spare time (what little of it there is!) he is the President of Kingdom Handball Club and a member of Beveridge Park Bowling Club (Kirkcaldy) and Leven Thistle Golf Club.

Stuart Bell
(Regional Development Officer - Central, Tayside & Fife)

Stuart is the Regional Development Officer for Central, Tayside & Fife where he supports clubs in areas such as membership recruitment and retention, partnership building with local authorities, funding applications, business planning and more.
Stuart has been a bowler for over 20 years and is past President and Secretary of Alva Bowling Club. Currently he is the club’s Treasurer, a club coach and helps out behind the bar.
As a keen bowler he plays at County Level for Clackmannan & Kinross and has in the past qualified for the Nationals at Ayr in the singles.
Stuart is married to Anne and has daughter Olivia who will be 10 on 31st March.

Lawra Cox
(Regional Development Officer- West & South West)

Lawra is currently the Regional Development Officer for the West and South West regions where she supports clubs in areas such as membership recruitment and retention, partnership building with local authorities, funding applications, business planning and more.
Lawra started with Bowls Scotland as the Office Manager and her experience in this role as well as her experience as a bowler means she has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by bowling clubs and how best to support them.
Lawra is a current Internationalist for the Ladies Senior team and a member of West Kilbride Bowling Club.


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