The Scottish FA has appointed Scottish education trade union leader Larry Flanagan as the new Chair of the Independent Wellbeing and Protection Advisory Board (IWPAB).

Larry has had a career-long association with the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the oldest teachers' trade union in the world. Following 33 years as a classroom teacher, he took up the post of General Secretary of EIS in 2012, having previously been involved as an activist, school representative, local office bearer, Council and Executive Committee member and Convener of the EIS Education Committee.

He is also a member of both the Scottish Trades Union Congress and Trade Union Congresses General Councils and is currently President of the European Trade Union Committee for Education.

Larry succeeds Jackie Brock, who, having served as Chair of the IWPAB since its creation in summer of 2019, has opted to step down in light of a recent change in her employment.  

The IWPAB was a key recommendation of the Report from the Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football. It ensures a widespread approach to reinforcing child wellbeing and protection across the national game.

Larry Flanagan: “Playing football is a national pastime here in Scotland and having been involved over the years in running youth and school football, I’m acutely aware of the well-being rewards it brings to young people.

“Ensuring that a safe and welcoming environment is the norm at every level of the game is essential for its continued growth so I am exceptionally pleased to have the opportunity the Chair the IWPAB, which is charged with delivering that very objective

“Since its inception two years ago it has already helped the Scottish FA make notable progress in child wellbeing and protection and I look forward to working with the talented Board members, the Wellbeing and Protection Team and the Scottish FA to deliver on our aims.”

Jackie Brock, outgoing Chair of the IWPAB: “Working with the Scottish FA as the first Chair of its Independent Wellbeing and Protection Advisory Board has been a privilege. Over the last three years, the Scottish FA's team has made significant progress in embedding good child protection and wellbeing practice in every club and activity centre.

“There is undoubtedly a huge amount of work ongoing and I know the Scottish FA will receive excellent support and leadership from Larry Flanagan and the top class Board members.”

Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell: “Under Jackie Brock’s leadership the Independent Wellbeing and Protection Advisory Board has played a crucial role in supporting and challenging Scottish football in ensuring that the wellbeing and protection of children is at its heart. 

“The manner in which Jackie has led the Board throughout its initial years has been exceptional. I would like to extend my gratitude to her and look forward to working with Larry in his new role as Chair as we strive to continue the progress we have made in this vital area.”

Independent Wellbeing and Protection Advisory Board Members:

Larry Flanagan, Chair, General Secretary at EIS

Karyn McLuskey, Chief Executive at Community Justice Scotland

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive at Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Jim McBride, Head of Adult Services at Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership

Phil Eaglesham, former Inclusion Health Lead, Public Health Scotland

Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive, Scottish FA

Carolina O'Neill de Sousa e Sá, Leap Sports and former Scottish FA Youth Ambassador of Change