The Camanachd Association is delighted to announce that Ruari Davidson is to become the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. Ruari will take up his post in October.

Ruari is a senior sports development professional with 21 years’ experience in the sport and physical activity sector, with the last 11 years as a Partnership Manager at sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland.

He has previously held roles with Scottish Disability Sport and Glasgow 2014 and has experience in developing strategic partnerships with Scottish Governing Bodies of sport, Local Authorities/Leisure Trusts and, a range of third sector agencies.

Notable examples include influencing and managing change in the development of a new Scottish coaching qualification’s framework, establishment of a programme of inclusive leadership support for CEOs of Scottish Governing Bodies of sport and leading the selection and recruitment process of technical officials and sport specific volunteers for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

He is currently Chairperson of Perth and Kinross Disability Sport and is committed to ensuring opportunities for all individuals and communities are inclusive, affordable, and accessible. He believes passionately that sport and physical activity can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

He is married with two children, both of whom are active and keen sports enthusiasts. His son is a member of Aberdour Shinty Club where he trains and plays with the P4 team and he therefore has first hand experience of the positive impact that shinty has on its members, families and communities.

Ruari said: “Shinty is a sport of rich cultural and historical significance in Scotland and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the Association at this time. There are many exciting things happening in the sport at the moment and I can’t wait to start meeting and supporting our members, clubs and communities”

Camanachd Association President Burton Morrison said: “On behalf of the Camanachd Association, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Derek Keir for his service as CEO. His dedication and leadership have greatly contributed to our organisation’s success.   I am delighted to welcome Ruari Davidson into the role, and I am confident that the experience he brings to the position, together with his vision and passion for sport will enhance the work of the Association and bring benefits to the shinty community at large.”

The Camanachd Association continues to be guided by objectives laid out in the One Sport One Community – Shinty Strategy 2022 – 2026 and are delighted to have acquired Ruari’s leadership skills as we work to ensure we deliver for all clubs and communities across Scotland and beyond.