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Former Scottish CMO, Catherine Calderwood, joins Women in Sport

Calderwood served as CMO for Scotland from 2015 to 2020, playing a significant role in the country's response to COVID-19 (Image: Scottish Government – Licence: OGL v1.0)

Professor Catherine Calderwood has joined Women in Sport’s board of trustees.

A prominent figure in public health, the former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Scotland has dedicated her career to improving health outcomes, with a particular focus on disparities which disproportionality affect women and girls.

Calderwood served as CMO for Scotland from 2015 to 2020, during which time she provided expert advice to the Scottish Government on a wide range of health issues. She also played a key role in shaping Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as addressing the social factors of health that disproportionately affect women, such as poverty, violence, and discrimination.

Julia Newton, Chair of Women in Sport said: “I’m so happy that Catherine is joining our Board. She has shown a passionate dedication to advancing gender equality in society that can only be described as relentless, a quality we hugely admire and share. Her insight and intelligence will be invaluable to us as we continue in our mission to create a society where every woman and girl can believe she belongs in sport.

“While there is much to celebrate during our 40th anniversary year, there is still much work needed to achieve this. Making our board more representative of British society has been a key aim since I took up the role of Chair last year and our recent appointments join an incredibly strong Board team that moves us closer towards achieving this.

“Together with our outstanding executive team we will continue to be both brave and relentless in pursuit of our goals and we are all delighted to have Catherine help lead on this.”

Calderwood’s appointment comes just weeks after Women in Sport named Olympic champion, Tessa Sanderson CBE, as its ambassador.

Other recent appointments to the organisation’s board of trustees include Polly Neate CBE, CEO of housing and homeless charity Shelter; Yama Otung, Head of Dispute Resolution at Livida Sport; and Brian Moore, sports commentator and former England rugby union player.

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