Scottish Ice Hockey appoints new independent directors

Scottish Ice Hockey is delighted to confirm the appointment of three new independent directors to its board.

Pete Cowan, Rhona Brown and Angus Niven are the successful candidates who will be tasked with providing unbiased advice to stakeholders that reflect the views of our members.

The trio boast a diverse range of skills that will help SIH promote greater levels of participation and raise awareness of the sport in Scotland.

Cowan spent half of his working life in Europe, most recently as a senior project manager focused on information technology projects in the air transport industry.

Now semi-retired, he has closely followed Scottish Ice Hockey since returning to his homeland in 2018 and says he is pleased to have the opportunity to work in the sport.

“As a long time ice hockey fan, I’m excited to be offered the chance to help shape the future of the sport in Scotland,” he said.

“I’m unfamiliar with the way things normally work, which puts me in a unique position to question the ‘status quo’ and propose other ways of looking at things.

“I am convinced that I can work harmoniously and positively with the board to help steer SIH towards the brighter future it deserves.”

Brown believes her career background in European marketing and the public sector will bring some fresh ideas to ice hockey in Scotland.

She has a keen interest in international politics, strategy and the collaborative climate change agenda, and loves to challenge her comfort zone through travel.

“I’m delighted to be joining the board at this pivotal moment of change in Scottish Ice Hockey,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to contributing to the recovery of the sport, post-pandemic.”

Niven’s appointment adds legal knowledge to the board, with the University of Dundee graduate spending the past few years with some of Scotland’s top law and property firms.

He now works as the sole General Counsel for an education technology company and recently won the Law Society award for In-House Rising Star 2021.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Scottish Ice Hockey,” he said. “It’s such an exciting time to work with this passionate team.

“It’s brilliant to see ice hockey growing across the country, and I can’t wait to get started.”