Ali has been in this role since 2005. He has been skateboarding in Edinburgh constantly since 1988 barring a few breaks to heal broken bones. Initially his days were spent at Bristo Square street skateboarding until the new dawn of Concrete skateparks in Scotland. Although the closure of Bristo Square is still a sore point. He can now be found skating Saughton skatepark in Edinburgh a few times a week with his son Kieran who rides for Santa Cruz. He also has two other kids which keeps him busy. He spends a lot of time trying to organise events for Skateboard Scotland such as War of the Thistles and has also recently represented Scotland’s voice at various Skateboard Summits organized by the World Skateboard Federation both in Istanbul and South Africa. To pay the bills he currently works as an Assistant Vice President for a corporate bank.
Sam Paterson, Vice-Chairperson
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.
Rick Curran, Secretary
Rick 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. Rick’s day job is web design & development and occasional blogging about skate / tech stuff etc on suburbia.org.uk. He’s married to Annie and has three children, Natalie, Gabriella and Timothy.
Neil Currie, Treasurer
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.
Aidan Taylor, Vice-Secretary
Aidan, born 1974, skating since 1982. He is currently the coordinator of Radworx. His two main beliefs in skateboarding are there is no such thing as a bad skate spot and the best skater in the session is the one with the biggest smile.
Russ Hall, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.
Taran Campbell, Committee Member
Taran is 28 and from Inverness. He helped create the Highland Skate Parks Association and has spent about half his life trying to improve skateboard facilities in the Highlands.
His greatest success will be the building of the new Inverness Skatepark this summer. He organises the local skate events and trips as well as running skateboard workshops and clubs.
He has a lifelong addiction to skateboarding and travel and is unstoppable at connect 4!