Meet the Board
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Maureen is the former Chief Executive of Falkirk Community Trust and a key leader in the development of The Helix, Home of the Kelpies. Maureen has held various board positions in the sport, recreation and culture sector. Currently Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland and a board member of Sportscotland, Maureen is an experienced leader in the Scottish recreation culture, sport and tourism community. Maureen’s interested in strategic development and placemaking to improve health and well-being while contributing to the tourism offer in Scotland. Maureen lives in Stirling and enjoys swimming, cycling and walking.
Carolyn Sawers is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Corra Foundation which makes grants to and works with community groups and charities across Scotland. She was previously the head of policy and learning with the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. Carolyn brings experience in strategy development and delivery along with knowledge of the voluntary sector and social enterprise to the Board of Scottish Canals.
Robert McGregor is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in transport for Network Rail in commercial and operational roles and then for London 2012 where he helped develop, test and run an Olympic Park control centre. Rob brings experience in corporate strategy, Board governance and risk. Until recently he worked for the Financial Conduct Authority supervising financial services firms and now works for the Scottish Government in regulation and International Trade. Job title: Head of Regulatory Cooperation and Cross Border Trade Directorate: International Trade and Investment Directorate.
Michelle Wailes is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with over 20 years’ experience in the professional and financial services industries and the public sector. She started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working in the Government and Public Sector team. During this time she was engaged on the delivery of statutory audit services, internal audit services and specialist advisory projects across a wide range of Public and Private Sector Bodies in Scotland and the South East of England. She then spent over a decade working at the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Group where she gained extensive experience in internal audit, risk and corporate governance. Michelle is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and a member of the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Audit and Accountability Committee.
Robin has extensive experience working within the public and charity sectors, and is the former Chief Executive of West Lothian Leisure and Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust. He is currently a Board member of Scotland’s charity regulator (OCSR), Sportscotland’s Trust Company and Chair of Community Leisure Scotland (the organisation that represents leisure and cultural trusts). Robin is passionate about promoting the benefits of physical activity and the power of the natural environment to improve people’s health and wellbeing.