Scottish Swimming announces Forbes Dunlop as new Chief Executive Officer

Scottish Swimming today announced Forbes Dunlop as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his role with the governing body on 1 March 2013.

As well as forging strong networks and relationships across a wide range of sport at both Scottish and British level, Dunlop has a deep understanding of sports governing bodies and is delighted to lead Scottish Swimming into a successful future.

Dunlop said of his appointment,

‘I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity and it is going to be a real privilege to lead the team at Scottish Swimming. I am very much looking forward to getting into post and meeting and working with the partner organisations, volunteers, coaches, swimmers and clubs that are critical to the on- going success of swimming in Scotland.’

Dunlop has extensive experience of swimming, not least of all having swum for Scotland on many occasions during the 1990s.  He has also taught, coached and tutored swimming coach education courses and was part of the team that helped secure the National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling as a location for one of British Swimming’s Intensive Training Centres.

Dunlop has served on the Board of Directors, recently as Chairman, of the British Paralympic Performance Services in the lead into the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Maureen Campbell, Chair of the Scottish Swimming Board, is pleased about the appointment: ‘Forbes has demonstrated the leadership, experiences and qualities that Scottish Swimming require to ensure optimal delivery in all aspects come 2014, coupled with the vision and innovation to develop and implement Scottish Swimming’s next strategic plan. With a clear understanding of governing bodies like Scottish Swimming I believe that he has the right set of skills and experience to lead the organisation into and through its next exciting period of development, and I am delighted to welcome him to the team on behalf of the Scottish Swimming staff, board and council.’

Dunlop leaves his current role as Head of Sporting Pathways at sportscotland to take up post in the New Year, succeeding Ashley Howard, who left Scottish Swimming after eight successful years on 30 November to relocate to Canada. Dunlop has held roles at sportscotland since 2002, including Lead Manager Achieving Excellence from 2004 – 2009 and Partnership Manager, Achieving Excellence from 2002 – 2004.

Stewart Harris, CEO sportscotland commented,

‘Forbes Dunlop has made a tremendous 10 year contribution to the development of sportscotland towards being a world class organisation. We look forward to working with Forbes and his new team to take Scottish Swimming to the next level with Glasgow 2014 the first destination on that journey.’

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We are the national governing body for swimming in Scotland.  Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway.  We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

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  • Date published: 04 September 2013
  • Date updated: 07 October 2015
  • Published by: sportscotland Scottish Swimming