Former Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen joined Scottish Women’s Football as CEO in 2021 determined to accelerate growth in the game and build resilience from the grassroots game up.
Aileen has been committed to ensuring that the grassroots game remains linked to the top, and a requirement for clubs to provide opportunities for girls to participate and have pathways to succeed has been central to league reconstruction.
Newly elected to represent the non-professional game board (NPGB) on the Scottish FA board, Aileen is passionate about promoting the positive impact football can have on communities and the vital role women’s football can play in leading that.
Shirley is Head of Girls and Women’s Football at the Scottish FA, a role which she started one year ago. Shirley is responsible for driving and implementing the country’s first ever strategy for the girls and women’s game – Accelerate Our Game. Having worked at the Scottish FA for over 10 years in Club Development and then as National Project Lead she is very passionate about giving girls the opportunity to play the game.
As a former player, Shirley firmly believes in The Power of Football and continues to play recreationally with friends. Shirley also currently sits on the UEFA Women’s Football Committee.
Fiona is the Managing Director of the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL), having joined the SWPL in 2022 from her role as Head of Girls’ and Women’s Football at the Scottish FA. During her time at the Scottish FA, Fiona was responsible for delivering the first ever strategy for girls’ and women’s football in Scotland and supporting the move of the women’s national team to Hampden Park.
Prior to that, Fiona led Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) through a significant period of growth in her role as their first ever Chief Executive and represented women’s football on the Scottish FA’s Non-Professional Game Board and Congress. As a former player, Fiona is a passionate advocate of girls’ and women’s football and also sits on various international working-groups focussed on the development of women’s football, such as the European Club Association (ECA) and World Leagues Forum (WLF) Women’s Task Forces.
Leanne is a dedicated and driven individual, currently working as Assistant Coach/Player at Motherwell FC (Women) who compete within the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
She is also a highly ambitious media professional and UEFA qualified Coach. Leanne was the only female selected as part of a 22 strong cohort by the SFA to undertake the UEFA Pro Licence this year. She has made a seamless transition into both her broadcasting and coaching roles, while continuing her extremely successful playing career.
Leanne secured 72 caps for her country and 3 goals. She qualified for and represented Scotland at the FIFA Women’s European Championships in 2017 and the UEFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. She has made over 400 first team appearances amassing many domestic honours and reached the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with leading club Glasgow City in 2019.
She is an integral member of BBC Scotland and their Scottish Football coverage, working across their flagship football shows on both television and radio.
In addition, Leanne completed a Degree in Professional Sports Writing & Broadcasting in 2022 awarded with First Class Honours through Staffordshire University
Former BBC journalist Steph Todd is a Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at ScottishPower with responsibility for the company’s public and media relations. She has been integral in driving the green energy company’s recently announced deal to become Principal Partner of SWF and the SWPL, the largest single sponsorship announcement in the history of the women’s game in Scotland.
Prior to life at ScottishPower, Steph was part of the communications team behind the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where she led the media strategy around the transformation of Hampden Stadium into a world-class athletics venue which graced the likes of Eilidh Doyle and Usain Bolt.
A retired footballer, Steph captained Falkirk Ladies for many seasons at both U16 and Senior level and has played in every division in Scotland from the lower leagues to the Premier League. She also proudly chairs ScottishPower’s UK-wide network championing the company’s LGBT+ employees and allies.
Kate’s journey in women’s football started on the field, at a time when resources and opportunities were scarce for female players in Scotland. Her experience as a player gave her a deep understanding of the game’s intricacies and the unique hurdles that women face in sports. This shaped her desire to influence and develop the future of women’s football.
Currently, the Head Coach of St Mirren Women’s team, Kate plays a central role in driving growth and progress in the club’s women’s and girls’ programmes. Her vision revolves around nurturing budding talents and laying a strong foundation for players, coaches and volunteers in the game.
Going beyond coaching, Kate’s impact extends to her role as the Chair of the League Management Committee for Championship and League 1 clubs. She wants to ensure the enhancing of the governance and operational aspects of women’s football, as it will be pivotal to the sustainability and development of the sport as a whole.
A connector of people, Kate wants to also ensure that others within the game are being provided with opportunities and recognition for their ongoing advocacy, leadership, and determination, to develop the sport. To demonstrate the transformative power of collaboration by those who champion the advancement of all women’s and girls football.