Ali Menzies, Chairperson
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 and spent 3 years working in Clan skates before moving to Edinburgh in 1993 where he’s lived ever since. Sam works for a coffee company and skates with some of the old Bristo crew every week.
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.
Murray McCormick, Vice-Treasurer
But for that pesky Mr Omond, Murray would claim to be the veteran having skated since the 70’s. Two of his sons have thrived on the skate scene thanks to all of the work done by Skateboard Scotland. Murray has been involved in the grassroots/diy build scene in Edinburgh since 2012 and can be found most weekends skating anywhere around the central belt .
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.
Taran Campbell, Committee Member
Taran is 33 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!
Kenny Omond, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.
Mark Burrows, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.
Jamie Blair, Committee Member
Hamish McKnight, Committee Member
GB Snowsport. Head Coach, Freestyle Snowboard.
Beginning his career as a professional snowboarder, Hamish remains to this day a time served and committed skater. Throughout his successful career as a Team GB Head Coach he has led our national team program and athletes to numerous medals in Olympic Games, X-Games and many other world class competitions. Currently working on the Masters in Sporting Directorship through Manchester Met University he’s also able to apply his wealth of action sports knowledge and experience at an executive level.
Russ Crichton, Committee Member
Ally Campbell, Committee Member
Ally Campbell is from Inverness and in his own word’s he’s “been off and on the board for 19 years but never taken my eye off skating. 4 years ago I joined the Highland Skate Parks Association to help where I could. During this time we’ve had a pump track built by Velosolutions and I’ve progressed to the position of vice chairman of the charity. Also during this time I was given the opportunity to build a diy skate spot through redbull. @theforgottenroad for more on that.”
David Mitchell, Committee Member
I took up skateboarding at the ripe old age of 33, this wasn’t a midlife crisis it was so I could enjoy more time with my son Abraham when he decided to take up skateboarding. Since then I have immersed myself in the skateboarding scene, I am the chairman of the Muir of Ord Skate park Association charity, I help out Concreate skateparks write their tenders and I dug a big hole in the bottom of garden that one day might be a bowl.
James Copeland, Committee Member
James has been skating for about 18 years, grew up skating in Aberdeen but has been living and skating in Edinburgh for about 10 years now. The last few years he has been heavily involved in the Leith DIY projects. Managing the money, helping with the build and sourcing funding etc.
Liam Dargie, Committee Member
Liam started skating around 15 years ago and hails from Perth, (the best park in Scotland that everyone forgets about haha) loves a good trip to Copenhagen or anywhere with some good bowls, theres nothing better than a good frontside grind on some pool blocks! He has been helping organise the Perth jam for the last 4 years or so, tasks ranging from organising sponsors to running the event on the day. Its always a blast so make sure to look out for it!
Russ Hall, Committee Member
Biography coming soon.