Roy Clarke to step down as Scottish Fencing CEO

I am sorry to announce that Roy Clarke has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scottish Fencing at the end of January 2017.

Scottish Fencing has gone through a significant transformation over recent years particularly in terms of how professional our organisation has become.  A key part of this professionalisation has been the creation of the new CEO post. Roy took on this responsibility in 2014 and was formally appointed in 2015.

There are so many aspects where Roy has helped both Scottish Fencing as an organisation and our sport as a whole during his time but I have chosen to highlight a few of them below.

One of the major events on the SF calendar now is the annual Scottish representative squad trip to Challenge Wratislavia in Poland.  Roy drove this project from concept to reality including the creation of a series a qualification events and serving as organiser and team manager on the first trip.   This has now become one of the highlights of the Scottish Youth fencing calendar and (in my opinion) one of the best programmes we have offered in recent years, giving many young fencers their first experience of European fencing.

Roy and I worked very closely on the planning and delivery of the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Largs in 2014.  Roy’s attention to detail and relentless hard work on this event (which lasted over two weeks) was hugely inspiring and absolutely critical to what is widely regarded as the best Commonwealth Championships to date and one of the best fencing tournaments ever run in this country.  Roy and I were also very honoured to receive a VisitScotland Thistle Award for this last year.

He has overseen the planning and implementation our latest coach development programme (shortly to be launched) and also masterminded our new club development program Swordmark Scotland; a critical new initiative which is driving up the standards of clubs and helping them grow.

And there many aspects to running a national governing body which are not apparent to the outside world, but which are critical to the continued funding and development of our sport.  Roy has set and expected high standards in every area he has worked in and the quality of our internal policies and systems reflects this.  His extensive experience in both corporate governance and strategic planning will be sorely missed. 

Everyone involved the sport of fencing in Scotland has benefitted from Roy’s efforts (whether they realise it or not).  

Both myself and the board of Scottish Fencing would like to take the opportunity to thank Roy and to wish  him the very best in his next endeavours.  The recruitment process for Roy’s replacement will commence very soon.


Chris Hyde