Sandy Hodge has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of The Scottish Football Partnership and Trust.
A former professional footballer at Motherwell and Partick Thistle, Sandy brings a wealth of experience as a sports development professional with sportscotland and North Lanarkshire Council where he worked with sporting bodies at local, national and international level.
James Clydesdale, chair of the SFP, said: “We are delighted Sandy has joined us. He has been involved in the Scottish sporting system at various levels over the last 25 years both as an elite athlete and a sports development professional. This combination, particularly his experience at sportscotland and working with local and national government bodies and the Scottish FA, will be a real asset to the SFP and Trust.”
Sandy worked as both Lead Manager and Partnership Manager in the sport development department at sportscotland. He brings direct experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management, elite and grassroots coaching, sport science, media, community engagement and increasing participation across all levels of sport.
He is also fully conversant with the Scottish Government Physical Activity and Sport Policy and sportscotland’s national strategy ‘Sport for Life’, implementing key national outcomes.
In his recent sportscotland role, he developed partnerships with the six governing bodies of sport and managed public investment agreements of up to £3m per annum.
He was also part of the team on the national approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the respective governing bodies.
Sandy’s qualifications include a BSc Sport and Exercise Science, CIPFA Certificate in Corporate Governance and various SFA qualifications.
In his career as a professional footballer, apart from Motherwell and Partick Thistle, Sandy also played for Queen of the South (club captain at 18) and Hamilton Accies where he was Players’ Player of the Season 2003/4.