Chess Scotland

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Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland Coaches and Chaperons

These lists of Chess Coaches and Chaperons registered with Chess Scotland, give details of people who have been the subject of enhanced disclosure through the Volunteer Scotland (VS), hold membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Scheme through Chess Scotland (CS)and are published in pursuance of the Child Protection Policy, of CS Policy Documents. This notice explains what people should do if they wish to be included in that list.

It is expected that parents and others will place reliance on the lists as being a quick way to identify who would be suitable to coach or chaperon children and/or vulnerable adults. The lists will be particularly useful where parents do not already know the individual coaches or chaperons.

Chess Coaches

To be included in the list as a chess coach an applicant is required to meet four conditions:-

  • Be a member of CS (where a membership lapses, the person will automatically be removed from the list).
  • Achieve a satisfactory outcome of an enhanced disclosure and be a member of the PVG Scheme, (Protection of Vulnerable Groups under the PVG Scotland Act, 2007).
  • Have a national chess grading.
  • Sign a Job Description and Declaration.

There will be no other form of competency test. This decision recognises that relatively weak players can make a huge contribution to chess by having a good manner in dealing with children whereas stronger players have an irreplaceable role in developing more advanced youngsters and adults. CS has decided to publish the grade of each coach by way of background information. It is worth noting that anyone not on the list but offering chess coaching does not have CS registration.

The advantages of achieving registered Coach status are:-

  • The list of Coaches and contact details will be published on the CS website; the list will be kept up to date.
  • The website will state that anyone not on the list but offering chess coaching does not have CS registration.
  • No disclosure fee is charged where applicants are Chess Scotland volunteers who are prepared to offer their coaching skills on a voluntary basis for activities organised by Chess Scotland. Where anyone is planning to embark on a purely business venture as a chess coach without that volunteer element, it is open to them as an individual, to obtain membership of the PVG scheme direct with the authorities, on payment of a fee, without involvement of Chess Scotland.
  • The website list will be used as the reference point by parents and other existing and potential customers as well as by CS officials in identifying chess coaches recognised by Chess Scotland.

List of Registered Coaches

Chess Scotland has taken a policy decision to cease displaying home addresses on the website. If you have difficulty in contacting a coach, please email the Membership Secretary who will be pleased to assist.

Jacob Aagaard – Milngavie – (Grade 2472) – 0141 585 5294

Keti Arakhamia-Grant – Edinburgh – (Grade 2377)

James Armour – Darvel – (Grade 1500) – 01560 320 612

Clive H Baird – Troon – (Grade 1640)

Luke Barker – Glasgow – (Grade 1650) – 0796 244 0320

Elaine Bamber – Glasgow – (Grade 2084) – 0787 104 8524

Neil M Berry – Edinburgh – (Grade 2143) – 0131 476 9836

Alexander Bond – Lanark – (Grade 1746)

Gerald Bonner – Glasgow – (Grade 2066) – 07742 528 548

Alan P Borwell – Inchture – (Grade 1836) – 01828 686556

Hugh Brechin – Edinburgh – (Grade 2060) – 0131 662 4665

Ian G Brownlee – Lanark – (Grade 1676) – 07899 832 770

J Mel Burt – Bearsden – (Grade 1565) – 0141 569 3361

Sam Collins – Gourock – (Grade 1704) – 0791 640 7484

David G Congalton – Irvine – (Grade 1453) – 01294 673140

Mark Cooke – Badgers Brook – (Grade 1943)

Alastair Dawson – St. Andrews – (Grade 1806) – 01334 477236

David Michael Deary – Dalry – (Grade 1731) – 0129 453 9942 : 0785 259 9065

Tom P Donohue – Carnwath – (Grade 1959) – 01555 840185

Joy Durno – Ellon – (Grade 1874) – 0165 185 1202

Iain Fraser – Prestwick – (Grade 1730) – 01292 471278

Roland Alexander Fraser – Elderslie – (Grade 1426) – 0150 534 3736

Alex Gillies – Chapelhall – (Grade 1986) – 0169 873 4649

Hamish Glen – Chapelhall – (Grade 1572) – 0169 883 3165 : 0793 066 0177

Stewart R Gray – East Kilbride – (Grade 1449) – 01355 235 225

William Gray – Grangemouth – (Grade 1547)

Jonathan IM Grant – Edinburgh – (Grade 2194) – 0759 527 0234

Andrew D Green – Edinburgh – (Grade 2174) – 0131 332 7972 : 0798 189 5497

Michael G Harkins – Prestwick – (Grade 1862)

Andy Howie – East Kilbride – (Grade 1494) – 07921 810 910

Richard Jennings – Aberdeen – (Grade 1934)

Gerald Lobley – Kemnay – (Grade 1674) – 01467 643121

Paul Maiolani – Paisley – (Grade 1783) – 0141 585 031

Alex H McFarlane – Uddingston – (Grade 1579) – 0169 881 7155 : 0167 054 0848  

Kenny McGeoch – Badgers Brook – (Grade 1994) – 01786 870 423

Siegrun Macgilchrist – Maybole – (Grade 1493) – 0165 588 2728

John McIntyre – Cambuslang – (Grade 1731) – 0141 646 1035 : 0784 621 1384

John McKenna – Glasgow – (Grade 1599) 

Andrew MacQueen – Bishopton – (Grade 1726) – 01505 863 521

Calum MacQueen – Bishopton – (Grade 2163) – 0150 586 3521 : 0753 152 4979

Steve Mannion Snr – Dunkeld – (Grade 1599) – 01350 724255

Stephen R Mannion – Paisley – (Grade 2243) – 0141 884 1658

Craig J Manson – Stirling – (Grade 1448)

John Montgomery – Stewarton – (Grade 1441) – 01294 221 486

Robin Moore – Greenwood – (Grade 1660) – 0129 431 2147

Andrew Muir – Dumbarton – (Grade 2204) – 0138 976 4650

Bryan Forbes O’Rourke – Freuchie – (Grade 1359) – 01337 858491

Hamish Olson – Aberdeen – (Grade 2297) – 01224 630817

Colin Paterson – Glasgow – (Grade 1482) – 0141 337 6780

Fiona Petrie – East Kilbride – (Grade 1234) –

William GC Platts – Edinburgh – (Grade 1265) – 0131 312 7761

Craig Pritchett – Dunbar – (Grade 2270) – 01368 860601

Caitlin Reid – Paisley – (Grade 1428)

Robert L Reid – Troon – (Grade 1363)

Wiiliam Reid – Paisley – (Grade 1070)

Mike Ridge – Edinburgh – (Grade 1878)

Lindsay Ridland – Edinburgh – (Grade 1453) – 0131 667 7803

David A Robertson – Dunbar – (Grade 1874) – 0773 822 2832

Nicholas Skettos – Glasgow – (Grade 1972)

Peter R Smith – Ayr – (Grade 2036) – 0787 282 2760

John S R Smith – Edinburgh – (Grade 1743) – 0131 317 1269

Clement Sreeves – Rhu – (Grade 2287) – 0143 682 0350 : 0784 738 2209

Chris Sykes – Edinburgh – (Grade 1777) – 0131 445 4731

Dave J Taylor – Edinburgh – (Grade 1158) – 0131 447 6713

Stephen Taylor – Greenwood – (Grade 1412) – 07743 743 150.

Matthew Turner – Glastonbury – (Grade 2520)

Gordon J Walker – Bathgate – (Grade 1267)

Jim Webster – Dunfermline – (Grade 1717)

Douglas Will – Grangemouth – (Grade 1816)

List of Registered Chaperons

The category, chaperon, was introduced to accommodate adults, typically parents, who may not play chess or are not active chess players but who were willing to help on a volunteer basis. Membership of CS is strongly recommended for chaperons but exceptions to holding membership may be agreed in some cases. The decision on whether or not membership of CS is required will be made by those administering the PVG Scheme. Typically, chaperons would contribute by escorting children to events and looking after their welfare whilst away from home.

Chaperons registered by CS are subject to the same disclosure process applied to coaches and arbiters (which includes PVG scheme membership). Because the approval process is identical, coaches may also act as chaperons subject to signing a Chaperon Job Description. Chaperons are required to sign a Job Description and Declaration similar but not the same as the form applicable to arbiters and coaches.

Chess Scotland has taken a policy decision to cease displaying home addresses on the website. If you have difficulty in contacting a coach, please email the Membership Secretary who will be pleased to assist.

Keti Arakhamia-Grant

Neil M Berry – 0131 476 9836

Hugh Brechin – 0131 662 4665

Claire L Fraser – 01292 471278

Jonathan IM Grant – 0759 527 0234

Andrew D Green – 0131 332 7972 : 0798 189 5497

Elaine Grierson

Henry He – 0753 981 0398

Karen Howie

Ruairidh McKay – 0771 772 1404

Lisa MacLennan – 0146 323 1200

Sapna Maheshwari – 07883 031654

Paul Maiolani – Paisley – 0141 585 031

Judith Milton – 01224 732159

Hamish Olson – 01224 630817

Fiona Petrie

David A Robertson – Dunbar – (Grade 1912) – 0773 822 2832

Ann Roy – 0165 588 3291

Norman Skillen – 0131 466 2700 : 07557 749653

Simon Shepard

Alison Smith

Peter R Smith – 0787 282 2760

Lesley Ann Smith

Charles R Warcup

Jim Webster

Applications for Coach and Chaperon Registration

Anyone wishing to apply for registration as a chess coach or chaperon should email Hamish Glen with full contact details. He, or the additional signatory, will arrange for you to complete the relevant forms and give you details of the documentary evidence that you must produce. The assistant signatory is authorised both by CS and by Volunteer Scotland to act on behalf of Hamish Glen.

Throughout the enhanced disclosure process, all applications will be dealt with in strict confidence and to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. Chess Scotland also operates a service to build confidence that legal obligations are being met at local clubs and congresses. The service is mainly addressing situations where clubs and congresses are specifically aimed at the participation of juniors but may be considered relevant in other cases, e.g. where a local club for adults operates a junior training programme or a congress is running a junior event. The detailed operation of the service is explained in the page Club Coaches.

Full details of the various policy documents which have been registered with the relevant authority, VS, together with the explanation of the underlying thinking are published on the CS website; Policy Documents