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Netball Scotland Appoint New Chair

Netball Scotland are delighted to announce that Ed Crozier has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board.

He will be replacing Pam Radage who has been interim Chair since Caroline Mansley stepped down from the role due to personal reasons last year.

No stranger to the world of sport, Ed was the 126th President of the Scottish Rugby Union and served on the Board of the SRU through a period of significant transition and growth into the successful professional sport it is today. Formerly a rugby referee, Ed is passionate about grassroots and community sport and has long been a champion for women in sport.

Professionally, Ed is an executive producer in film and theatre, and joins Netball Scotland after having completed two terms as Chair of Dancebase Scotland where he was instrumental in leading transformational change for the organisation and it’s members. Ed has also worked at Senior Partner level in the financial services industry and was also a founding Director of Glasgow Life CIC Board so brings with him an extensive portfolio of expertise across sport, business, politics, culture and finance.

Speaking about his new appointment Ed says: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Netball Scotland as Chair and am excited to start working with Claire Nelson and the wonderful staff and Board in the organisation to further realise the ongoing potential of Netball in Scotland, both on and off the court. Collectively we have huge ambitions for the sport, from growing opportunities for everyone to connect with the game at a community and grassroots level to increasing our impact and engagement with young people in schools. At an elite level, we want to see our National Team, the Scottish Thistles, progress up the world rankings with a real focus on achieving our best ever results at the Netball World Cup in South Africa 2023, and developing our Superleague Franchise, the Strathclyde Sirens, into a fully professional team that challenges for the UK League title.

There has been a huge movement happening in women’s sport, with netball at the forefront of increasing visibility, innovating through digital and developing new opportunities for women and girls to play, volunteer, watch, coach, officiate and support – I am thrilled and extremely motivated to be a part of the next important stage of this journey.”

CEO of Netball Scotland, Claire Nelson, added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Ed as the new Chair of Netball Scotland. He is joining the organisation at probably one of the most critical times in our history as we navigate our way through this pandemic and focus on rebuilding into being a stronger, bigger and more successful sport, brand and business for the future. Ed understands and is passionate about our vision for netball and we believe that his proven track record, his expertise and his profile will help us to achieve our ambitions as a sport and organisation. I am really looking forward to working with Ed as we continue to keep #ChangingTheGame for netball and for women’s sport in Scotland.”

Interim Chair of Netball Scotland, Pam Radage, added: “I am so pleased that Ed is joining our Board at this crucial time. He adds a lot of strength and profile to the organisation and we believe that he is absolutely the person to lead us through the challenges we face as a result of COVID and onto realising our strategic vision and ambitions. Ed’s experience provides our sport and members with a great opportunity to learn, grow and develop, and I am confident that it will be an exciting time ahead for all of us.”

Ed officially commences his role on 1st December 2020.

FWB Park Brown Ltd led the search process for the Netball Scotland Chair.