Ali is 30′ish and has been skating constantly since 1988. He is currently an Assistant Vice President for a corporate bank. Got to do something to pay the bills. He is married to Beki and has three kids which keep him busy. He can be found skating Saughton two or three times a week with his son Kieran. He also spends a lot of time trying to organise events such as War of the Thistles for Skateboard Scotland.
Neil Currie, Vice-Chairperson
Neil has been skateboarding since the early 90s. A father of 2 living in Fife and working in Edinburgh. Whenst not carrying out fatherhood duties or skating he can usually be found behind a camera or devising new and ingenious ways of using up spare time.
Beki Menzies, Secretary
Gave up being a skate widow and took up the “if you can’t beat them, join them” policy! I’m much happier on 8 wheels than four, but love being the Secretary for Skateboard Scotland. My sport of choice is Roller Derby and I am currently playing for thr Glasgow Irn Bruisers. To bring the pennies in, I work as a nurse. I also love going back to wee places that we have ran a comp in the past and seeing twice as many kids on a board. It’s a nice sense of achievement and makes it all worth while!
Rick Curran, Vice-Secretary
Rick is 40 and started skateboarding after watching ‘Future Primitive’ in 1985. Rick has been actively involved in skateboarding since then and helped design and build The Factory skateparks that have been built in Dundee since the late 80′s. His main skatespot is the concrete park in Dudhope Park (Check out www.dundeeconcrete.com). Rick’s day job is running his own digital media company. He’s married to Annie and has three children, Natalie, Gabriella and Timothy.
Sam Paterson, Treasurer
Sam started skating in Glasgow in 1987, a Church regular and worked in Clan for 2 years. Moved to Edinburgh to study and then work – still here with a while in between in Ireland. Sam was involved with the efforts to get Edinburgh Council to build a skatepark since 2001 and is happy to finally see it become reality.
Sean Mcabe, Entertainment Manager
Sean’s been skating off and on since 1976 (mostly falling off), been involved in trying to get a skatepark built in edinburgh way back in 1989 and setting up the first ESP which started the bristo jam the same year. He’s done workshops teaching people to skate mini’s (he reckons he can even teach your granny how to skate) and made several skate videos. When he’s not on his board, Sean produces hip hop and drum n bass, and has had several releases over the years.
Kenny Omond, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.
Paul Silvester, Committee Member
Paul is 37 years old and started skateboarding in 89 and has been at it non stop for 20 fun years. Paul has worked in several different skate shops and had the opportunity to become a professional skateboarder for a good few years. Paul now works for a youth trust in South Lanarkshire introducing skateboarding to hundreds of young people each year and is working on a coaching qualification to move skateboarding onto the next level.
Iain Young, Committee Member
Iain Young is a board member at ss, he is 37 years old and involved with SS to help organise competitions, promote skateboarding & skatepark provision in Scotland. Previously a consultant engineer, Iain has given up on working on new buildings for other folk & spends his time helping plan & building new skateparks which he feels to be a far more worthwhile vocation. Bring on the sheeeralp.
Russ Hall, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.
Gary Dickson, Committee Member
Age 29. Always hyped for the shred, has been enthusiastically been face planting on concrete skate parks and streets across Scotland for well over a decade. Through his Shralp Ya Bass guise he has been documenting all things rad and Scottish in Skateboarding for over 4 years. Providing a blog which skaters across Scotland can get updates on whits been happening on the regs. SYB was setup to reflect the way skateboarding should be – having a laugh with your mates and getting a good shralp on at every opportunity. Recently he has been helping to organise a few skate events including the Concrete slayer series and Radical Shralp Vert Party. As well as contributing Skate photos to Sidewalk Skate mag. Outwith this he works as a senior Designer at Tangent Graphic and drinks beer at any given opportunity.