Meet our UKSA Trustee, Gavin MacLeod

We are delighted to put a spotlight on another of our Trustees – Gavin MacLeod. Gavin was appointed to the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Board of Trustees in 2013 and is also Chief Executive for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS).

Gavin brings broad expertise to UKSA and helps to demonstrate the value of our continued collaboration and partnership approach between UKSA and SDS.

We got together with Gavin to chat about his background, career and aspirations for Scottish athletes and the UK Sports Association.  

We hope this helps you ‘get to know’ Gavin and UKSA a little more!


Gavin MacLeod, UKSA Trustee & CEO SDS

Gavin Macleod is the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), the governing and co-ordinating body for all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory and learning impairment in Scotland. He has held this position for 18 years and became a Trustee of UKSA in 2013 as a representative of SDS. 

In his previous roles, Gavin was Youth Development Manager for Disability Sport with sportscotland. With over 30 years of sports development experience, Gavin held a variety of posts with local authorities south of the border before returning to Scotland to pursue a disability sport focus. 

Gavin’s Educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Sport Studies from Sheffield Polytechnic, a PGCE (Further Education) from Notts Trent University and a Diploma in Community Education from Dundee College of Education.

How did you become involved with UKSA and how does your work with SDS relate to your position with UKSA?

I became involved with UKSA as a trustee representative of Scottish Disability Sport. My day job is as CEO of Scottish Disability Sport, the governing body for disability sport in Scotland, leading the delivery of the new strategic plan “Inspiring Through Inclusion 2021-2029”. 

An element of this plan is providing pathways into performance sport for athletes with disabilities and we see UKSA as the custodian of this pathway [for athletes with intellectual impairment] in the UK.

What are your aspirations for the athletes in UKSA and/or your aspirations for the organisation as a whole?

My aspiration is for all athletes with an intellectual impairment to have the opportunity to meet their full potential in their chosen sport and to have a strong and vibrant life, with UKSA as the conduit to support those athletes to access classification, competition and the physical, social and psychological benefits that come from involvement in sport.


Would you like to know more about the work of the UK Sports Association or Scottish Disability Sport?  Would you like more information about the high performance/elite competitive opportunities available for athletes with intellectual impairment through the Virtus or Paralympic pathways?  Please contact us we would love to hear from you.