Rocks in the Community CIC has been founded by Glasgow Rocks in response to a growing ambition to work with and for the community where the Rocks have their home.
Today, Rocks in the Community announces new appointments to their Board of Directors.
Born in Stirling in 1983, Kieron Achara made his senior international debut for Scotland aged just 16 and quickly established himself in the British set-up. He went to the US to play on a college scholarship before moving into the professional ranks playing in Europe.
Now a sports development professional and still playing professionally for the Rocks, Kieron has captained Scotland and GB and made 105 international appearances.
On his appointment to the Rocks board he said
“I have always believed in the power of sport to positively impact lives. It changed mine and continues to do so to this day. As a long time Glasgow Rocks player, I feel privileged to be part of Rocks in the Community and look forward to giving something back to the city that has so passionately supported me over the years”
Jamie Cooke: As Head of RSA Scotland, Jamie Cooke leads on the development of the RSA’s activity and impact across a broad range of areas. Key current interests include Basic Income (in which he is a global leader), Resilience, Post-Industrial Cities, Inclusive Growth and the Future of Work. He works closely with a number of contacts in the US, particularly between the cities of Glasgow and Pittsburgh.
Jamie is a frequent public speaker and writer in a range of settings from television to TEDx Glasgow. With a background in civic and democratic participation and research, cultural venue management and education, Jamie is fascinated by the interaction between people, place and society and ways to create a more enlightened country. He sits on the boards of several Scottish and international organisations.
“I am honoured to have this chance to join the inaugural Board of Rocks in the Community. The Glasgow Rocks are a vibrant part of this great city, offering a welcoming, inclusive space for all, and this venture will allow that legacy to have even greater impact. I am looking forward to learning from my fellow Board members and the community we will be working with, and to playing a part in ensuring that we can help ensure that Glasgow is a city flourishing for all.”
Jackie McColl is a highly respected communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field. After a strong commercial career, including time with prestigious communications agencies and global brands, she is now Communications Director at the charity Mary’s Meals International. Jackie recently made the transition into the non-profit sector from a corporate background and is passionate about putting her commercially-honed skills to work for social causes.
“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Rocks in the Community CIC. I am passionate about our great city of Glasgow and believe in the power of communities working together to create opportunities for everyone. Along with the rest of the Board, I want to help this fledgling community organisation grow to serve Glasgow and its people, using basketball as a tool for social good.”
Tony McDaid is the Executive Director of Education Resources for South Lanarkshire Council, having taken up the post in January 2017.
Tony started his teaching career as a physical education teacher in Glasgow. In 2013, Tony became a member of the South Lanarkshire Council Education Management Team following seven years as Head Teacher of Calderglen High School. As Executive Director, Tony is responsible for delivering the education services to people in South Lanarkshire including over 50,000 children and young people while leading a staff of over 6000.
Tony has had extensive involvement in basketball representing Scotland at both junior and senior level and he currently coaches the Lady Rocks Cadette women’s team.
“I’m delighted to become a board member of the Glasgow Rocks Community Interest Company and looking forward to contributing to the many exciting opportunities that will support the development of basketball in our communities.”
Rocks Basketball also hold one corporate seat on the Board of Rocks in the Community CIC