Former tennis player excited to take over as chief executive of national body
By Ed Hodge
Blane Dodds has described his appointment as the new chief executive of Scottish Golf as a ‘great honour’. The 49-year-old former Scottish international tennis player took up his new position on August 15, succeeding Hamish Grey who stood down earlier this year.
Dodds, pictured right, has held various senior management roles within sports management and marketing, the health and fitness industry and Charitable Trusts, and was recently the Chair of Tennis Scotland and UK president of the European Capital of Sport Association.
A keen golfer, who plays off seven at Kilmacolm Golf Club in Renfrewshire, he has a proven track record of delivering increased participation, combined with experience of transformational change, notably in his most recent role as CEO of North Lanarkshire Leisure.
“Being asked to lead the governing body of amateur golf in Scotland is a great honour and I look forward to going round the country to better understand the challenges faced by clubs and golfers,” he said of his appointment.
“I want to ensure this great game continues to be at the heart of communities across Scotland and will work hard to build the partnerships needed to achieve that, putting down strong foundations for future generations of golfers.”
Dodds’ previous positions include Sales and Marketing Manager at David Lloyd Leisure, which included the creation of the first David Lloyd centre outside of London in Renfrew, before becoming founder and managing director of International Golf Network Limited, a web-based golf membership and tourism company.
He also worked at North Lanarkshire Council as Head of Cultural and Recreational Services and was Glasgow Club Manager for Glasgow City Council, leading their membership scheme following managing one of their flagship facilities.
He joined North Lanarkshire Council in 2002 before becoming CEO of North Lanarkshire Leisure in 2006 where he oversaw significant changes to the business, which has become one of the leading Sports & Leisure Trusts in Scotland.
Confirming Dodds’ appointment, Eleanor Cannon, the current Chair of Scottish Golf, said: “We are delighted to have attracted somebody of Blane’s talent and experience to Scottish Golf.
“The Board was excited at the vision and ambition articulated by Blane during the recruitment process and look forward to working with him and the team to better support our clubs and encourage more people into the game.”