Executive vacancies

Date Posted
April 2016
Job TitleCEO - Scottish Golf
LocationSt Andrews & Edinburgh

the merger last year of the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies’
Golfing Association, Scottish Golf was born. A new Chair and a 9-strong board
of directors, all with extensive business experience has come together at a
time when many clubs are facing significant financial challenges with
traditional membership in decline. The need for change therefore has never been
so timely and essential. 


Scotland is
widely promoted as “The Home of Golf” and it is a game that since the 15th
century has played a key role in the nation’s sporting consciousness. The Royal
& Ancient Golf Club (The R&A) is the game’s world governing body
headquartered in St Andrews, but more significantly the nation is blessed with
606 golf clubs located across every community in Scotland, including
unquestionably some of the best courses in the world; The Old Course,
Turnberry, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Gleneagles and Kingsbarns Links
to name but a few.  


With the
game in Scotland requiring major change and modernisation, the challenge ahead
for the new Chief Executive will be to
reignite these sporting assets by transforming club culture and shifting traditional
perceptions of the game. The successful candidate will lead change through the
introduction of new formats and embracing digital technologies to appeal to a
wider and more diverse audience – younger generations, families, women and
those that would like to see golf clubs not purely as venues to play golf but
also as a social hubs for the communities, making golf in Scotland a great
experience for everyone.


revolutionary strategy will break down traditional barriers to entry so that
affordability, inclusiveness, welcoming and fun become the new adjectives
synonymous with the game. Scottish Golf is also a “business” requiring the new
CEO to attract greater levels of sponsorship to boost investment, to build
strategic partnerships, and to develop impassioned teams who work hand in hand
with the clubs to deliver this new and exciting vision.


Our ideal
candidate will be a proven and highly visible board level business leader who
can demonstrate transforming an organisation both culturally and commercially.
He/she will possess the intellect, courage and outstanding communication skills
to both define and passionately articulate the future vision and furthermore to
inject the same passion for change to key stakeholders, clubs and sponsors. A
person of absolute integrity with a genuine love for the game of golf in
Scotland as well as the vibrancy, humility and modern thinking to appeal to a
new audience will be critical.                        


If you have
the experience, appetite and belief to fundamentally transform our game putting
“participation for all” at the heart of what we represent and see this
opportunity as an irresistible privilege then please email your CV in
confidence to our recruitment partner - Peter Millard at peter@harlingmenzies.com or post to  Harling Menzies
Executive Search - 180 Piccadilly London W1 J 9HF.


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