The Inclusive Skating Charity has a Board of Trustees and hundreds of volunteers who fulfil many roles.
The Board of Trustees are responsible for the management of Inclusive Skating and the Charity.
Margarita Sweeney-Baird BEM, Founder and Chair of Inclusive Skating
Margarita is the founder and driving force behind the Global Project for Inclusive Skating and the Charity. A former Scottish ladies champion and skating coach in the UK, she originally took a year-long sabbatical from her distinguished legal career to mastermind this project. The sabbatical started in 2010 and was extended because the competition format she created worked better than she could ever have hoped. Margarita is also the mother of Juliana (who is an Inclusive Skater), Christina and Kenny. Another one of her favourite activities is curling! Margarita was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List 2020 for services to skating.
Perry O'Connor, Secretary
An adult skater, Perry has skated under both ISU and ISI organizations, (she started skating many years ago in New York under the USFSA Learn to Skate Programme) and competed in SkateAsia twice while living in the Middle East. Her husband and three children also all skate and have taken part as a family in numerous shows and events in the Middle East. Back home in Ireland, she is a a judge for the ISAI.
Perry is helping to lead the project in Ireland. This has been with great success as Ireland piloted the system and Ireland has already included the Rondinelli scale in its test rules. An Irish skater has already used the Inclusive Skating format in a national ice skating test. As a parent of an Inclusive Skater, Perry understands first-hand the difficulties and restrictions imposed on skaters with challenges skating without the Inclusive Skating marking system.
Gordon is one of the Inclusive Skating Charity Trustees. Gordon specialises in digital technology and is an independent member of the Board.
Nora has recently been appointed to the Inclusive Skating Board. Nora has a wealth of knowledge and skills. She was CEO of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust for many years & Convenor of ACOSVO. Nora is a keen skater and volunteered at 2019 Scottish Championships too.
Honorary Past Trustees
Over the years Inclusive Skating has benefited hugely from the services of several Trustees. To recognise their extraordinary achievements the status of Honorary Past Trustee was created. We involve our Honorary Past Trustees in many of our activities on a continuing basis and we are forever grateful to them for their valued contributions.
Walter Stewart, Treasurer
Walter is a former British Junior Skating Champion and coached many outstanding skaters to Championship level over the years. Walter retired from skating for a few years and since his return has become very active with Inclusive Skating and has trained and qualified as a judge. Walter also helps regularly at the Inclusive Skating club at Braehead. He served on the Board for 3 years with extraordinary distinction. Walter was the first Kiltwalker that has now successfully developed the Kiltwalk as the key fundraising initiative for Inclusive Skating. Thank you Walter. You're an absolute star!
Hannah Lee, Inclusive Skating Honorary Past Trustee
Hannah was the youngest of the Inclusive Skating Charity Trustees when was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016 at the age of 21. Hannah is a superb skater and is now a qualified occupational therapist. She is also a keen fundraiser and is continuing in this role. Thank you Hannah!!!
Noel Grimshaw, Inclusive Skating Honorary Past Trustee
Noel was one of the first Inclusive Skating Trustees in 2011 and served for many years until his retirement. He has judged for Inclusive skating and has represented inclusive Skating at many functions, including meeting HRH The Earl of Wessex at the Scottish Inclusive Skating Championships in 2019! Thank you Noel!!!
Bryan Morrice, Inclusive Skating Honorary Past Trustee
Bryan Morrice was the first person Margarita Sweeney-Baird contacted to join the Inclusive Skating Board of Trustees in 2011. Thankfully he said yes and served Inclusive skating with extraordinary distinction for many years until his retirement! He was also the Chairman of Sk8Scotland and was the Chair of the LOC for our events. The successful event structure that was put in place in 2012 for Inclusive Skating owes much to Bryan. Thank you Bryan!!!
Alison Sargent, Inclusive Skating Honorary Past Trustee
Alison served Inclusive skating with dedication and skill for many years until her retirement! Alison was part of the LOC for our events for many years and is our resident Announcer still. Events virtual or otherwise just would not be the same without Alison Thank you Alison!!!
Susan Williams, Inclusive Skating Honorary Past Trustee
Susan served Inclusive skating with dedication and skill for many years until her retirement! Susan was part of the LOC for our events for many years and is still serving Inclusive skating with these days but in a different capacity. Susan, now provides treasury and book keeping support for our accounts and funders reporting systems. Thank you Susan!!!