Scottish Squash has named Marc Hope, the experienced sponsorship rights sales executive, as a non-executive director with responsibility for financial and commercial areas.
The Edinburgh-based national governing body said that the appointment follows an open recruitment process.
Hope, who will chair the finance committee at Scottish Squash, was recently appointed by the Limelight Sports agency (through his consultancy Marc Hope Consulting/The Winning Tape) to find sponsors for events including the London Duathlon, London Triathlon, Blenheim Triathlon and cycling’s Etape Caledonia.
Commenting on his appointment to the Scottish Squash board, Hope said that he “relishes the opportunity to immerse myself in a new sport, including as an ambassador for Scottish Squash to new sponsors, stakeholders and the public”.
He added: “I know key stakeholders – sportscotland, the Scottish Institute of Sport, UK Sport, and the Scottish Government/MSP’s – well and I’m keen to further develop these relationships for the benefit of Scottish Squash.”
Sponsors of Scottish Squash include sports equipment manufacturer Dunlop, Scottish property developer Springfield and energy prices comparison firm Utility Bidder. The governing body also has an agreement with Scotland-based kit supplier Total Teamware that involves Joma-branded playing and training kit being worn by Scotland’s players and coaches.
Mark Adderley, chair of Scottish Squash, remarked: “In recruiting the position, we were clear we wanted a candidate with a balance of strong financial experience and a track record of driving commercial investment into sport. Marc brings all of this to the table and we are looking forward to working with him and benefiting from his experience, commercial acumen and passion for sport during this bright new future for Scottish Squash.”
Hope, who grew up in Scotland, left The Sports Consultancy at the end of last year after just under five years at the London-based agency and consultancy. He was recruited by The Sports Consultancy from SMAM, the Lagardère-owned Commonwealth Games sponsorship sales agency, in February 2015. Before joining SMAM in 2011, Hope was in charge of Fast Track’s rights marketing team, negotiating sponsorship deals on behalf of UK Athletics. He spent over a decade at the agency, during which time the agency was acquired by Chime Communications (in 2007).
Hope’s consultancy recently added Glasgow Airport as a national sponsor for the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020, as reported by SportBusiness.