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Saints Sport Staff

Sport and Exercise

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Gary Brankin

Assistant Director (Facilities & Operations)

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2012

Gary oversees the operations of all sports facilities at University Park, leading a team of Duty Managers and Operational staff to ensure that the facilities run efficiently and effectively. Please contact him if you have any feedback about any of the services and facilities offered by Saints Sport. Gary is a keen golfer and football fan and can be regularly seen taking part in the Saints 6 a-side football leagues.

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Pete Burgon

Assistant Director (Sport Development)

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2175

A member of the Saints Sport team since April 2012 when he joined from the University of Abertay Dundee, Pete has been an Assistant Director since April 2016. Pete’s role is to provide strategic leadership and management of all sport development at the University of St Andrews. This includes managing, developing and improving sporting opportunities at all levels with the ultimate objective of enhancing the student experience and providing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for participation in sport. Alongside this Pete plays a role in supporting the Athletic Union President and Executive to improve opportunities to participate in sport at all levels.

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Elaine Finlay

Administration Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2183

Elaine Finlay manages the fixtures and administration of the Athletic Union. Fixtures include the scheduling of matches against universities in Scotland and throughout the UK, encompassing SSS and BUCS leagues. Elaine is also responsible for assisting with the general day-to-day running of the AU and has vast experience in dealing with the whole array of operations. She is also ultimately responsible for the health and safety of all student sport and is also the contact between the university and the Links Trust for all students.

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Allan Gartshore

Strength & Conditioning Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2013

Allan's main role is to manage the Strength and Conditioning support services. As part of the management team it is Allan's job to ensure all our University sports teams, individual athletes, as well as the local talented athletes, receive the support they need to improve in their sport. This could be basic programming for athletes on the path to sports performance, or for athletes already performing at a national, or international level.

Allan works within a team of experts (including physiotherapists and physiologists), to ensure that the individual needs of athletes are catered for.

If you have a need for Strength and Conditioning to improve your sports performance then please contact Allan.

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Ian Gaunt

Deputy Director

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2186

Ian assists the Director in managing Saints Sport, planning and monitoring sport activities for students, staff and the local community. Ian also manages the University's Performance Sport ProgrammeIan was previously a footballer at Walsall FC and a former Loughborough student. During his student years Ian won BUSA (now BUCS) gold twice and represented England Universities and British Students. He is now a keen golfer and a member of The St Andrews Golf Club.

Mark Gillespie

Finance Officer

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2160

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Rhona Hendry

Sports Development Officer

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2189

Rhona assists with the design, planning and delivery of a Sport Development Programme aimed at students, staff and the local community. Her main responsibilities are to organise and develop both the annual Hall Sport programme and the Saints Sport Leagues.

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Dr Fergus Knight

Assistant Director (Commercial Operations)

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2168

Fergus oversees the delivery of all commercial operations and special projects at Saints Sport. His remit includes managing the marketing and publicity of sport at the University, working with Admissions and Corporate Communications to enhance the national and international standing of sport at St Andrews. Fergus also works closely with colleagues in Development to pursue various investment opportunities and engage with alumni, individuals and groups to encourage participation in sports fundraising. In addition, Fergus heads up the marketing for the Wallace Group on behalf of the seven UK universities involved in the Volunteer Zambia Project. A double graduate from the University, Fergus joined the Saints Sport team in 2014 after four years as a Postdoc Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. During his time as a student he represented the University at both cricket and rugby, gaining a half-blue in his first year and a full blue a year later, representing Scottish Universities from 2001-2007.    

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Callum Knox

Health and Fitness Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2193

Callum manages the Saints Fitness exercise class timetable, co-ordinating the various instructors and trainers, and also oversees all Personal Training services at the University Sport Centre.

Saints Sport works with Fife Sport and Leisure Trust to offer referral classes to people in the local community and Callum has managed to grow the programme to reach almost 50 referral patients in any given week. He also works closely with Occupational Health to provide consultations and programmes to help staff members improve posture, cardiovascular health etc.

Part of Callum’s role is to instruct fitness classes and provide personal training – he prides himself on resistance training and the more technical aspects of barbell, dumbbell and kettlebell movements.

As a Basketball Coach/Fitness and Wellbeing Advisor previously for Nuffield Health – Callum started coaching the Women’s Basketball team at St Andrews in 2014 and took on the role of Health and Fitness Manager the following year.  

Claire Lawson

Administration Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2180


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Alison Rintoul

Bookings & Memberships Officer

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2182

Alison is responsible for welcoming visitors to the sports centre and helping customers as much as possible, whether that be in person, over the phone or via email. Whilst Alison is the only full time member of reception staff  there are other staff working at reception. Therefore for general enquires please email

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Claire Scott

Sport Development Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2185

Claire joined the Saints Sport team in September 2016 and is responsible for delivering our sector leading Volunteering and Coaching Academy and our Training and Education programme, aimed at developing better students, enhancing the student experience and building better links with the local community. As part of her role Claire works closely with other departments within the University including Careers and CAPOD.

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Stephen Stewart

Director of Sport and Exercise

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2181

Stephen has been the University's Director of Sport since January 2008. He is responsible for overseeing the Department and the services within. Previously Stephen was Loughborough University's Deputy Director of Sport and therefore has a wealth of experience in both elite and university sport. Rugby is Stephen's sport although he enjoys most sports. He is a keen Ulster and Ireland fan.

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Claire Tracey

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2011

Athletic Union

Fiona Murray

Athletic Union President

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2176

Fiona is the current elected AU president. Within the sabbatical position, Fiona represents the students' view in various forums: at the University and throughout Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). She is there to support all students who are involved in sports clubs and exercise at the university; whether that be on a club or individual basis. Responsibilities include chairing the Executive committee, leading developments in AU strategy and running AU operations. Working alongside University staff, she also aims to promote and progress student sport.

The following students have been chosen to sit on the Athletic Union Executive Committee.

Sophia Caragianis



The Treasurer sets and monitors the AU budget and reports to the AU Executive on the AU's financial position on a regular basis. They are responsible for formulating a Club Financial Agreement between the AU and its affiliated clubs and supervises the actions of all club treasurers and ensures that all clubs are in control, recording and managing their finances effectively. The treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the AU's financial procedures are in line with that of the University's.

Amy Shaw

Events Officer


The Events Officer provides support and advice to teams and clubs who wish to put on an event, whilst also helping to organise the big events run annually by the Athletic Union and Saints Sport. 

Alex Tait

Development Officer


The Development Officer role incorporates all activities which relate to alumni of the Athletic Union. Responsibilities include liaising with the University Development Office and AU Club Committees to gather future alumni contact details. The position manages the AU Alumni & Blues and Colours databases. Additional tasks include editing the AU Alumni newsletter, the AU Alumni Website, and managing the Hall of Fame.

Maddie Tarr

Media & Publicity Officer

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2176

The Media & Publicity Officer duties include the visual output of the Athletic Union, which includes the creation of posters, flyers, web graphics and the annual AU Club Guide. They are responsible for the integrity and development of the Saints Sport brand, for ensuring that a good amount of University sports photography and media is produced and that all clubs have an up to date website. Tasks also include developing and maintaining the Athletic Union websites, including the Club Management Portal

Leah Allcock

Volunteering and Engagement Officer


Directors of sport

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Mike Aitken

Director of Tennis

Telephone: +44(1334)46 7180
Mobile number: 07946 536818

Mike has been in post since 2010 as Director of Tennis having previously spent 25 years as a tennis teaching professional.
His main roles are:

  • Developing the team players through coaching, analysis, creating more competitive opportunities for them, and encouraging them to take a lead role in their own development.
  • Working with the student committee to develop a club that encourages more students to play more tennis by catering for all members of different levels.
  • Working with the student volunteer group to help them gain teaching and leadership skills.
  • Working with all colleagues at Saints Sport to develop the provision of sport at the University and help create the best environment we can for all users.
  • Generating income for the University through the provision of tennis coaching.

Euan Bell

Tennis Coach

Telephone: +44(1334)46 7180

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Jamie Carnegie

Director of Hockey

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2178
Mobile number: 07538075119

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Heather Gaunt

Director of Netball

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2179

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Benji Heywood

Director of Ultimate

Mobile number: 07896919900

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Callum Knox

Head Coach of Women's Basketball

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2193

Callum currently  oversees all four of the University’s basketball teams (two Men’s and two Women’s) as well as coaching the Women’s 1s and 2s. He is a UKCC Level 2 Coach, a SportScotland Sports Educator and a Scottish Sports Futures Young Coach Mentor. This year Callum was named Head Coach of the Scottish Student Sport National Women’s Basketball Team – the first time a St Andrews Coach has had the honour. He is also part of the coaching staff for the National Under 16 Women’s Basketball Team, which will be competing in the Euro C Championships in Moldova in 2018.

In recent years, Callum has also led the Women’s 1s to two BUCS Scottish Division 1A titles, a promotion to Premier League, two quarter final runs in the BUCS Trophy and a National League Cup Final appearance. Along the way he has also received several personal awards for his contributions to the sport, the most prominent two being Saints Sport Coach of the Year in 2015, and BasketballScotland Development Coach of the Year in 2015. In 2016-2017 Callum was the Head Coach of the Scotland Under 15 National Development Squads, which competed in Barcelona, Spain. 

Callum’s current plan to improve the club is to put more resources and time into development and, with the introduction of the Women’s 2s this year competing in the BUCS championship, the club has already seen a rise in the standard of play across all teams. Using more video analysis and breakdown tools, the performance preparation in place continues to improve and will continue to do so as Saints Basketball moves forward.

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Scott Lawson

Director of Rugby

Telephone: +44(1334)46 7193

As Director of Rugby at the University of St Andrews, Scott oversees all aspects of the rugby programme from performance on the field to community outreach and volunteer work off it. The rugby programme consists of four men’s teams and one women’s team who participate in BUCS weekly as well as different rugby events throughout Scotland. Our major event is The Scottish Varsity Match which is the oldest university fixture in the world and takes place against the University of Edinburgh at the home of Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield.

Scott joined the University from Newcastle Falcons, bringing a wealth of experience playing Premiership rugby for over a decade. He started his rugby career at Biggar RFC, before earning a professional contract at Glasgow Warriors, spending four seasons playing in the Pro12 before a move to the Premiership, spending a season with Sale before moving to Gloucester Rugby for four years.

Scott is a vastly experienced former Scotland international with 47 caps, which include a try-scoring performance in his team’s opening match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup while also appearing in the 2011 tournament. In addition to his playing commitments with Newcastle Falcons, Scott was Director of Rugby at National Two North Club Tynedale RFC, having previously been an Elite Specialist Skills Coach with Scottish Rugby.

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Ian MacCallum

Director of Water Polo

Mobile number: 07973 114097

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Stuart Milne

Director of Football

Telephone: +44(1334)46 7196
Mobile number: 07875483003

Stuart has been the Director of Football at the University since January 2011 and in that time has overseen a major growth in the Performance Football Programme. Stuart, a UEFA A Licensed coach has the overall responsibility for the planning and organising of the programme which consists of six competitive men's teams and three competitive women's in addition to development squads. Aside from the performance programme Stuart also works on a number of community football programmes with external bodies which includes the annual hosting of Academy Scotland pre season tournaments, Midnight league football for local teenagers and work with the local Community Football Club.

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Colin Paterson

Director of Volleyball

Mobile number: 07708981042

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Iain Rice

Director of Rowing

Mobile number: 07712047386

Iain Rice joined the University as Director of Rowing in 2014. He previously coached as a Henley Stewards Coach at St Andrew Boat Club (Edinburgh) and Strathclyde Park Rowing Club (Hamilton). Iain has also coached at Glasgow University Boat Club as Head Coach, Senior Men’s coach, and Novice Men's Coach. Through Iain’s career, he has helped athletes gain selection into the Scottish Home countries team and qualify for Henley Royal Regatta. In his own rowing career, Iain has won an Irish Junior Championship, competed for Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. In 2008 he competed in the M8+ at the European Universities Regatta.

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Stan Stoodley

Director of Fencing

Mobile number: 07720 860461

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David Watt

Director of Golf

Mobile number: 07891367970

Sports Centre

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Scott Carr

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Scott is one of the centre's Sports Assistants and holds a Level 3 Personal Training and Sports Nutrition qualification. Please approach him if you would like any help with using the gym equipment safely and effectively. Scott's main specialities are in the areas of weight management & fitness, and injury rehabilitation. In his youth Scott was a keen footballer having signed professionally with Heart of Midlothian F.C. and has previously worked as a junior and senior football coach.

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Richard Crighton

Duty Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2187

Richard is one of the centre's Duty Managers and is responsible for the day to day running of the facilities. In addition to this role he also heads up the Saint Sports First Aid Training Centre and as an experienced trainer, delivers and assessors a range of first aid programmes. Having joined the team in 2016 he brings with him a wealth of student sport experience having previously worked for the University of Dundee (Institute of Sport and Exercise). A background firmly embedded in sport, Richard holds an honours degree in Sport, Health and Exercise and as an avid hockey player has represented several hockey clubs as both a player and coach at regional and national league level.

Kieran Errington

Customer Service Advisor

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Kieran is a member of our reception team and is responsible for welcoming visitors to the sports centre and helping customers as much as possible, whether that be in person, over the phone, via email or on social media.  

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Scott Grant

Duty Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2187

Scott is one of the centre's Duty Managers and is responsible for the day to day running of the facilities. He is a fully qualified first aid trainer assessor, regularly delivering first aid courses from the Sports Centre. Scott is a keen gym user and can regularly be seen in the gym in his own time. Having grown up in St Andrews he is keen golfer and a member of The St Andrews Golf Club.

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Ailsa Gow

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Ailsa is a qualified Instructor in Exercise to Music, Zumba and Studio Weight Resistance. With a passion for dance Ailsa can often be found leading classes in the Studio. Alongside her core Zumba classes she also teaches Hiit, Circuits, Fit Blast and Workshop Workout. 

Ailsa is keen to use her enthusiasm and skills to promote fitness and wellbeing for as many participants as possible using Zumba to assist in fundraising for the Volunteer Zambia Project, local children’s charities, as well as completing preseason workouts for University sports clubs. 

She is a regular gym user and as a Level 2 qualified full time Sports Assistant is keen to help all users with their fitness questions whilst assisting with the smooth operation of the Sports Centre.

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Fraser Hayles

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Fraser is one of the centres Sport Assistants and act-up Duty Managers, responsible for facility set ups prior to users arrival and events, along with general building operations and emergency first aid.

Fraser holds a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification and is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Sports Supplementation. Feel free to approach him with any questions on the use of gym equipment and general fitness. In his spare time Fraser plays rugby and holds a 5 handicap as a member of the Dukes golf course. 

David Hodge

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

David is a one of the centre's Sports Assistants and is responsible for facility set up prior to customers arrival, along with general building operations and emergency first aid. 

David holds a Level 2 gym instructor qualification and is interested in all aspects of fitness. In his free time, he enjoys working on his own personal fitness and playing rugby to a high level. He would gladly help you if you have any questions or require any assistance.

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Jared Love

Customer Service Advisor

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Jared is a member of our reception staff and is responsible for welcoming visitors to the sports centre and helping customers as much as possible, whether that be in person, over the phone or via email. 

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Alastair Smith

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Ali is a Level 3 qualified personal trainer with a passion for sport and exercise. He keeps up to date with current exercise trends and weight training methods, constantly expanding his knowledge through CPD and assisting clients and gym users. He supports the centre’s exercise instructors teaching activities such as Hiit and Circuits and has previously coached local rugby teams. 

Ali was selected to represent the University as a staff member with the Wallace Group on the Volunteer Zambia Project; coaching, contributing to outreach projects and overseeing a group of volunteers. 

As a full time Sports Assistant Ali is keen to support all gym users with basic queries or delivering gym introduction programmes as well as assisting with the smooth operating of the Sports Centre.

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Dorothy Taylor

Customer Service Advisor

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Dorothy is a member of our reception team and is responsible for welcoming visitors to the sports centre and helping customers as much as possible, whether that be in person, over the phone or via email.  

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Gillian Thomson

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Gillian is one of the centre's Sports Assistants, responsible for ensuring the facilities are set up prior to our users arrival. Gillian also holds a Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification and is happy to advise on all aspects of fitness. Please approach her if you would like any help with using the gym equipment safely and effectively. 

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Tara Watson

Duty Manager

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

One of three Duty Managers responsible for the daily operation of the Sports Centre Tara has a wealth of service experience with a background in hospitality management. A St Andrews graduate, founding member of the Korfball club and parent who’s children hugely enjoyed the Junior Saints programme, she is delighted to return to the University to assist in providing support for the flourishing University sporting environment.

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Laura Webster

Sports Assistant

Telephone: +44(1334)46 2190

Laura is one of the centre's Sports Assistants, responsible for ensuring the facilities are set up prior to our users arrival. Laura holds a Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification and is interested in all aspects of fitness, but especially cardio and strength and conditioning. Please approach her if you would like any help with using the gym equipment safely and effectively. Laura is a keen gym user and can regularly be seen in the gym or attending classes in our exercise programme.