Sir Ian McGeechan
Ian has a great empathy with players, an ability to get the right people around him and is incredibly knowledgeable about the game. His quiet passion and determination to achieve excellence offer some fascinating insights about the nature of success, not just in sport but also within business.
During his playing career Ian won 32 caps for Scotland. He toured with the British Lions as a player in 1974 in the unbeaten tour to South Africa and in 1977 to New Zealand playing all eight tests. During his coaching career he spent five years with Northampton Saints after which he was appointed assistant Scotland Coach in 1986, promoted to Head Coach in 1988. His team won a Grand Slam victory in the Five Nations Championship in 1990.
McGeechan was the British and Irish Lions Head Coach in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009.
In December 2003, Ian took up the post of Director of Rugby of the Scottish Rugby Union after Jim Telfer retired. However, 18 months later, he was back to hands on coaching as Director of Rugby with Wasps RFC.
Ian left Wasps in May 2009 and went on to manage what has widely been acknowledged as one of the best British and Irish Lions tours, despite a narrow series defeat.
Ian was entered in to the Sportscoach UK Hall of Fame in 2001 and appointed Chairman of Sportscoach UK in April 2005. In 2011 McGeechan took over as the director of rugby at Bath following Steve Meehan's departure.
In July 2012, McGeechan was appointed the Executive Chairman of Leeds Carnegie.
His knighthood in 2010 was widely applauded from all quarters of sport and he is attributed with having renewed the vigour of the Lions’ brand.