New Era | Staffing Structure
Scottish Gymnastics continues to leap into a new era with a revised staffing structure to provide an uplifting experience for all.
The aim is to maximise the impact of the Leap without Limits strategy by bringing different departments together. The development of clubs, people and gymnasts were supported by separate teams under our previous strategy. The focus areas of Leap without Limits are interconnected and require us all to work together more than ever.
The new structure means all aspects of gymnastics provision come together in a new sport department. This allows our staff to collaborate more closely to benefit our members. The sport department is led by Sam Hendrikson who was most recently head of performance and events.
Sam has 12 years of experience in all aspects of the organisation and gymnastics having first joined in 2009. She then returned in 2014 and was key in creating the Scottish Gymnastics strategy at that time and more recently, Leap without Limits.
Sam will use her expertise to support lead managers across the sport department who oversee four teams.
Development & experience – led by Sarah Logan
Ross Hutton and Kaylin McKay join Lindsay Thomson and Laura Hamilton as we combine our club and community support activities into one. This allows a more coordinated offer and support to our members and partners.
Facilities & events – led by Steven Maloney
Steven continues to lead on major facility projects with clubs but this will also provide crucial additional resource to the events team as we look to develop a clear direction for our events programme.
Learning & development – led by Jay Runga
Jay takes on the lead role bringing together the education team and the workforce development activities into one single learning and development team.
Performance & pathway – new position
Wendy Purdie and Becki Campbell and the performance team continue to drive forward the programmes across all disciplines. We are shortly advertising the newly created position of lead manager performance and pathways. This role allows Sam to step away from the operational detail of the current performance team.
Out with the sport department, head of wellbeing and safe sport Lindsey Booth continues to lead the five-strong team which offers guidance and proactive support to clubs and members. Our head of operations Lara Gregson will progress our work in key areas such as mental health, equality, and inclusion along with our culture and values.
Chief executive officer Doc McKelvey said: “This is an exciting time for us as we bring together our strategy with an updated structure to deliver increased local engagement with clubs. We can offer support, resources and opportunities in a more cohesive way with staff out and about in the community where they’re needed. As well as continuing to build on what’s already in place, we are also working on new funded projects.
“We believe this is a positive step in the way our teams operate which will help more clubs make the most of their membership. This in turn allows us all to create a better experience for gymnasts and embed the gymnastics values of supportive, inclusive and aspirational. Our Leap Without Limits strategy only works if we are all working together, as we strive to ensure gymnastics is enjoyable, safe and open to everyone.”
Sam added: “I’m excited about this new opportunity to bring together the four key areas of the business to drive forward our new strategy. The sport is the reason we’re all here and this structure allows us to transform our support and how we proactively offer that to our members.
“Gymnastics has been my passion for over 35 years and that is what drives me. I really want people to have as many positive experiences and enjoy the sport as much as I have. My aim is to ensure the Scottish Gymnastics’ wider team provides works together with clubs, coaches, and everyone delivering the sport to provide an uplifting experience for all.”