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Former MSP named Scottish Women’s Football chief executive

Aileen Campbell was previously a minister for public health and sport.

Former MSP named Scottish Women’s Football chief executive Scottish Women's Football

Former Scottish Government minister Aileen Campbell has been named as the new chief executive of Scottish Women’s Football (SWF).

Campbell, who was an MSP between 2007 and 2021, said the role was the “perfect opportunity” to make a positive impact across Scotland.

She previously served as the minister for public health and sport from 2016 to 2018, and was also cabinet secretary for communities and local government between 2018 and 2021.

“I’m thrilled to be announced as the new chief executive officer,” said Campbell, who will take up the role towards the end of summer.

“I’ve always been passionate about girls’ and women’s sport and I love football, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to continue to make a positive impact across Scotland.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and working with the various stakeholders across the game.

“This is an extremely exciting time for girls’ and women’s football in Scotland as we witness and prepare for the return of competitive football at all levels.

“All the while media coverage is continuing to grow season after season and I can’t wait to play my part in helping ensure development within the game continues apace.”

SWF chair Vivienne MacLaren said: “We are delighted to confirm Aileen as our new CEO. During the recruitment process she was an outstanding candidate who demonstrated a clear understanding of our game and the wider picture of sport in Scotland.

“Her ideas and ambitions for SWF closely match what the Board want to achieve which at the core, is more people playing and more people watching.

“We believe that Aileen, alongside the skilled and dedicated team already in place, has the vision and knowledge to drive the game forward.”