scottishathletics are pleased to confirm the recruitment of Stewart McMillan as our new Welfare Officer.
The appointment of the former police inspector from Fife follows on from a move to UK Athletics for Angus Macdonald.
A former Scotland international athlete with Pitreavie AAC, Edinburgh AC and Sale Harriers, Stewart will lead on all Welfare issues in Scotland.
Stewart started in his new role with us last week and one of his first tasks will be establishing close links with club Welfare Officers.
In the coming weeks we will also be working with UK Athletics to highlight and explain new procedures for anyone wishing to report a concern or safeguarding issue.
‘I’m delighted to be appointed as Welfare Officer for scottishathletics and look forward to working with the other members of staff and of course the clubs,’ said Stewart.
‘I have a real love for athletics and look back fondly upon my time training and competing.
‘I was the Senior Men’s Team Captain at Pitreavie AAC and competed in the British League for both Edinburgh AC and Sale Harriers Manchester, attaining representative honours for Scotland at all age groups.
Stewart McMillan . . . appointed as our new Welfare Officer
‘My experiences are exceptionally positive and revolve around coaches enthusiastically sacrificing their time to improve the club’s athletes, building a strong team spirit of inclusion and pride.
‘I hope my memories become a reality for current and future athletes in Scotland and I would like to play my part in making this happen.’
With 30 years in the police working on protecting the public and law enforcement, Stewart clearly has vast experience across a number of areas – he was Course Commander for the British Open at St Andrew’s in 2015, for example.
He also has a passion and reputation for diversity and proposed and led a Wellbeing Champions programme while with Fife Constabulary.
‘I recognise the important role strategic leadership has in promoting diversity across any organisation,’ he said.
‘My attendance on diversity courses and my inclusive and supportive approach with staff and students has allowed me to further explore personal issues around diversity and how I can improve my effectiveness in building, maintaining, and developing strong relationships with diverse groups both in the community and in the workplace.’