Friday 19th November 2021
Kevin Harper Joins SSS Equality Steering Group
Scottish Student Sport is delighted to welcome Kevin Harper as the new Equality Steering Group Chair.
We are delighted to announce Kevin Harper as the new Chair for the SSS Equality Steering Group.
Kevin was a professional footballer from 1992 to 2009. The former Hibernian FC striker was the first black player to play for the Hibs, before going on to have a successful career with several English clubs including Premier League sides Portsmouth, Derby and Stoke. Kevin is also the founder of the Kevin Harper Football School of Excellence and is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate.
As Chair, Kevin will provide support and future direction for the group, and be an advocate of equality and diversity within student sport to the wider network.
Speaking to Scottish Student Sport, Kevin said: “I am absolutely delighted to be the Scottish Student Sport’s new Equality Chair. I have been championing equality within Scottish sport and society for over 25 years and I will do my utmost in the role to make student sport in Scotland, open to all.”
Speaking on the appointment of Kevin, SSS Chief Operating Officer, Stew Fowlie, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin to a position of such vital importance to the SSS team. Kevin has a well-informed passion for equality and diversity, and as someone who has faced barriers throughout his own life and career, I know he will provide leadership and inspiration both to our Equality Steering Group and the wider network. I am excited to work alongside Kevin to achieve the cultural and systemic progress required to make sure that sport and active health are truly at the heart of the student experience for all.”
SSS Development Coordinator Eilidh Paterson added: “I am very excited to work alongside Kevin and continue to achieve the outcomes in the current Equality Action Plan and have his experience to assist SSS to look to the future as to what we should be achieving long term.”
The SSS Equality Steering Group
The Scottish Student Sport’s Equality Steering Group was created in 2018 to advise and prompt the staff, committees, and networks of SSS on all relevant aspects of equality and inclusion, with particular emphasis on ensuring adherence to a rolling Equality Action Plan for the organisation.
Kevin joins the group as Chair as they reach mid-way through their annual Equality action plan which will continue to steer the work of the current group (see below):
- Emmanuel Akerele – Ethnicity Lead & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Robert Gordon University
- Georgia Moran – Women’s Lead & East Regional Development Officer, RYA Scotland
- Laura Pilkington – Disability Lead, Scottish Para-Swimmer & student at Edinburgh Napier University
- Carolina Sousa e Sá – LGBTQ+ Lead & Project Officer Communities, LEAP Sports Scotland
- Keith Macleod – Institute of Sport & Exercise, University of Dundee
- Fraser Reynolds – Edinburgh Napier Student Association
- Jenny Beedie – University of Glasgow Sport Union
- Ian Lowe – Head of Development, SSS
- Eilidh Paterson – Development Coordinator, SSS
Scottish Student Sport would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Equality Steering Group Chair and Dr. Robin MacPherson Award winner Barabara Lawson for her expertise and dedication to this work over the last three years.
If you would like to discuss your or SSS’ equality and culture work in more detail, please contact Development Coordinator Eilidh.
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