We are delighted to share the news that Netball Scotland’s former Chair, Freda Hutchison, has been named in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to netball.
Freda, who was the Chair of the Board from 2011 until September last year, lead the organisation through its most significant phase of growth and development, including moving the HQ to the Emirates Arena, hosting the World Youth Netball Champs in 2013, competing in our first ever Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and successfully bidding for, and last year launching, a Netball Superleague Franchise, the Sirens.
Joining the organisation at a time when there were only a handful of staff and members, and the national team, the Scottish Thistles, were ranked 17th in the world, Freda was instrumental in helping to build a strong Board and Staff who could deliver an ambitious strategy of progression and advancement for the sport. Today, Netball Scotland is recognised as one of the most respected and exciting NGBs in UK sport.
Outside of her demanding role as Chair of the NS Board, Freda was a highly respected Head Teacher in Secondary Education before retiring in 2010. Always a trailblazer, Freda was one of the first women to be promoted to Principal Teacher in Lanarkshire in the ‘80s, and was always passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.
Freda has also been a Chair of the Children’s Panel and now sits as Chair of Netball Scotland’s newly formed Child Wellbeing and Protection Panel. She also leads one of the country’s biggest Health Walks, with over 60 participants taking part each week!
On being awarded the MBE, Freda said:
“I am very proud and hugely delighted to be honoured by the Queen with an MBE for my former role as Chair of the Netball Scotland Board. I wholeheartedly feel this award is also national recognition for all of the volunteers in our organisation who, in tandem with our hard working, dedicated and professional staff, have helped the sport and organisation to achieve our fantastic successes in recent years. Together we have been responsible for the exciting development of our sport.
I am immensely proud of Netball Scotland’s achievements and feel privileged to have played a very small part in its history and legacy. I look forward to continuing to be involved as we move forward and go from strength to strength as a sport.”
Netball Scotland CEO, Claire Nelson, added:
“It is wonderful that Freda has been recognised in this manner and awarded the MBE. She has dedicated the last 7 years to supporting and driving the advancement of our sport, and she has played an integral part in getting Netball Scotland into the shape it is in today – well governed, confident and ambitious.
We are so proud of Freda, and the entire Netball Scotland family would like to congratulate her on being awarded this richly deserved accolade. Together we #SucceedAsATeam.”