Rugby is my passion, and I cut my rugby teeth at Preston Lodge, not far from the small fishing village of Port Seton where I was born and brought up. I moved from P.L. to Ross High R.F.C. in Tranent, where I became the president for 10-years, bringing the club from the brink of closure to a now thriving community club with it's own development officer (the first in Scotland). In 2016 (at the grand old age of 53) I retired from playing rugby on a high, when I had the privilege of being part of the Scottish Legends and The Crusaders charity team, beating the Wasps Legends, and ending their 7-year unbeaten record.
My local community means the world to me, and I make an effort to give my time whenever I can. I run a Sporting Memories Group for dementia and stroke sufferers, and I've recently been elected as chairman at the Recharge Youth and Community Facility which is a fantastic small charity working with young people in East Lothian. This year, I felt very humbled to receive the 2016 Forth Local Hero award... such a great honour to be nominated.
During the last 3 years, I've dedicated a lot of time to my Walk With Scott charity. Basically it involves a large group of friends walking 57 miles between six local rugby clubs, playing a game of rugby at each one... all in just 2 days! So far, over the last 4 years we've helped 29 charities, and raised more than £172,000.00. Thank you to all who have donated!
I've earned a reputation as one of the funniest comedians, hosts, comperes, auctioneers and corporate speakers in the country, and with my stories of village life, rugby, and everyday occurrences, I can guarantee that whatever your event, it will be a huge success. As I always say... it's a true story!