Fiona McIntyre, the Scottish FA’s head of girls’ and women’s football has been appointed as the interim managing director for the new Scottish Women’s Premier League.
The appointment comes quickly after the Scottish Professional Football League took responsibility for the elite level of the women’s game in Scotland.
McIntyre moves to the SPFL on a four-month secondment and is tasked with creating the new league and league cup competitions for the new-look two-division SWPL.
“I am delighted to be given the responsibility in the short-term to help drive positive change at such an exciting juncture for the elite women’s game,” McIntyre said: I look forward to working with the SWPL clubs to create ambitious new competitions that will inspire continued progress at all levels of women’s football in Scotland.”
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said that the joint approach from the two governing bodies could only help further the women’s game in Scotland. He said: “A key pillar of the Scottish FA’s Accelerate Our Game plan is to take our elite clubs and competitions to the next level. For the next four months, Fiona will combine her work with the Scottish FA with this interim role as we work with the SPFL to create a new governance structure for the women’s game.”
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Fiona has unrivalled experience in developing women’s football in Scotland and it’s great news that she’s accepted our invitation to help set out the road-map for the top level of the women’s game. We are grateful to Ian Maxwell, Andy Gould and all at the Scottish FA for making it possible for Fiona to assist us during this pivotal period.”