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Staff Team & Board Directors

Pinkston Watersports Board Directors

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Richard Millar


Richard is the Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Canals. His current remit covers the operational management of the canals; project development and fundraising.

Since joining the organisation in 1999, Richard has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the Millennium Link, which saw the regeneration of the Lowland Canals as a visitor destination; the development and operation of The Falkirk Wheel; the delivery of North Glasgow’s Pinkston Watersports – Scotland’s first urban watersports centre – and the creation of The Helix and The Kelpies.

Graham Swanson

(Vice Chair)

Graham has canoed and kayaked since age ten and been involved with Drumchapel and Clydebank Kayak Club for 30 years, coaching and leading on rivers, sea and lochs. He has a  background in chemical engineering, project management,and runs a natural healthcare business. He helps develop grant funding opportunities for many of the organisations he supports. He has paddled at Pinkston since it opened in 2014 and  joined the board in April 2020.

Craig Arthur

(Finance Director)

Glad to have found the perfect role, love managing numbers, love paddleboarding and the water. Firmly believe everyone should have the opportunity to access all sports.

Dougie Shannon

(Technical Advisor)

Dougie has had a long career in Outdoor Education with particular interest in supporting young people who have experienced significant trauma.  He’s been kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting on Rivers and the Sea for over 40 years.  He has a particular interest in Safety and Rescue.  Dougie has played a key role in developing the training in the UK for river leadership and safety awards delivered by The British Canoeing Awarding Body including white water safety.

John Montgomery

(Education & Staff Development)

Senior Curriculum Manager at Glasgow Kelvin College is key to the strong partnership between the college and Pinkston.  John has a lifetime love of watersports – and in fact all outdoor sports.  John being heavily involved in education helps link new adventure students to employment and volunteering opportunities at Pinkston.  He very much enjoys supporting and giving back to our community.

Catherine Brown


Nichola Ross

(Legal Advisor)

Pinkston Watersports Staff