The Scottish Football Association

The Board

Alan McRae

Alan joined Cove Rangers as a player in 1979. Within five years he had become Chairman, leading the Aberdeenshire club from the amateur status to the ranks of the Juniors and eventually to the Highland League.

Alan relinquished his chairmanship in 1999, becoming President then Honorary President until 2007, when he left to commit more time to his work at the Scottish FA. It was his presidency of the Highland League that precipitated his involvement in the Scottish FA, originally as a Council Member in 1993 before becoming 1st Vice President.

Stewart Regan
Chief Executive

Having graduated from Hull University with a BA(Hons) in American Studies, Stewart spent most of his career in the brewing industry. He held a variety of roles including Sales Managing Director of Bass North, and Strategic Planning Director for Bass Brewers Ltd. Stewart was part of the management team that successfully sold the Bass Brewers’ UK business to Coors, the American brewer. This transaction stimulated a career change which saw him take up a new position in a sporting environment as Director of the Football League Championship.

Stewart joined the Scottish FA in October 2010 from Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where he had been Chief Executive since 2006. Working with the Board, he has been instrumental in driving forward many changes to the Scottish FA and the game, having set out his vision in ’Scotland United: A 2020 Vision’ in 2011.

Rod Petrie
Vice President

Rod Petrie is Chairman of Hibernian FC. He was appointed to the club's board in 1996, became Managing Director in 1997 and Chairman in 2004. Rod has served the Scottish FA continuously since 1998 and was elected 2nd Vice President in June 2011.

He served as a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Premier League for eight years and as Vice Chairman of the East of Scotland Football Association. Before becoming an Executive Director of Hibernian, Rod spent six and a half years as an Executive Director of Quayle Munro, the listed Edinburgh based Investment Bank, and 13 years with Ernst & Young, from trainee to audit partner.

Tom Johnston
Junior FA Secretary, Non-Professional Game Board Representative

Tom became Secretary of the Central Region of the Scottish Junior FA in 1985 until he was approached to join the Association as Assistant Secretary in 1991. After eight years in that role, he was appointed Secretary. 

Tom’s first involvement in Junior football came as a player, when he joined Saltcoats Vice in 1966. He played for North Kelvinside Senior Secondary and was approached by his then Geography teacher, Davie Lambie – who later became MP for North Ayrshire – to join Saltcoats Vice. Tom moved from there to Neilston Juniors in 1969 and in his association with the club served as player, coach, manager and secretary until 1985, after which he enjoyed a two-year spell with Giffnock North.

Ralph Topping
Professional Game Board Representative

Ralph Topping retired as Chief Executive of William Hill, a FTSE 100 company and the largest betting company in the UK, in August 2014. During his tenure Ralph was responsible for the Group's overall strategic direction and day-to-day management. Having joined William Hill in 1973 Ralph held various roles within the Group, including Group Director-Operations. From 2002 to 2007 he was Retail Operations Director and, prior to that, pioneered William Hill's internet presence and online operations, establishing a market-leading position.

As Chief Executive he led the transformation of William Hill's online business, making it one of the largest in Europe, and the development of its innovative mobile platform. Having always held an interest in football, he became Chairman of the Scottish Premier League in 2008, and continues to hold that position in the Scottish Professional Football League.

Michael Mulraney
Alloa Athletic Chairman, Professional Game Board Representative
Mike Mulraney is the Chairman of the Mulraney Group of companies, which has a diverse range of interests in sectors including commercial property, construction and leisure. It owns a number of companies in the drilling industry in the UK and France, including Europe’s largest sonic drilling company, Geosonic Drilling.
Born and bred in the local area, Mike has been the chairman and owner of Alloa Athletic for over 10 years. He became a member of the SPFL board in 2013.

Barrie Jackson
Independent Non-Executive Director

Barrie was the Scottish FA’s first ever Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed in 2011. He has spent most of his career in the brewing and distilling industries, accumulating vast international experience. After graduating from Heriot Watt University with a BA in Business Organisation, he became Group Sales and Marketing Director of the Edrington Group.

He later became President and CEO of the Hong Kong-based International Beverage Holdings Limited, whose leading Asian beer brand, Chang, has become synonymous in UK football circles for its sponsorship of Everton. Barrie has also enjoyed a successful period as Chairman of Amsterdam-based Maxxium Worldwide NV. He retired from the drinks business in 2010 and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Tullis Russell Group, a Non-Executive Advisor to the CEO of ACCA in London, and a Trustee of the Russell Trust.

Gary Hughes
Independent Non-Executive Director

Gary became the Scottish FA's second Independent Non-Executive Director in April 2015. His Operating Executive with Apax Partners LLP, an independent global investment management company and also holds non-executive directorships with J Sainsbury plc, a FTSE50 public company, Premier Farnell and Smart Technologies inc. He is deputy chairman of The People’s Operator and is a senior independent chair of SECC Limited.

In his earlier career, Gary served as Group Finance Director for Scottish Media Group from 1996-2000.

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