Steering Group

Many individuals have given significant input into the Sunshine Appeal since its beginnings. The organisation was fairly informal although a group developed which began to be known as the Steering Group. The group consisted of those who had volunteered to do the initial decision-making and organising of delivering donations.

It was and is greatly assisted by the ideas, support, fundraising, advice and practical help from many footsoldiers of the Tartan Army.

Membership of the group can change as a result of people`s time commitments or availability. Our thanks go to all those who have been involved in a “Steering” role in the past – near past or long ago. If the Sunshine Appeal is successful in its aims and ambitions – and it is – it is because of the hard work and dedication of those who have been here before us.

As at Apr 2018 those on the Steering Group are:


Office Bearers

Chairman        –         Neil Forbes (Trustee)

Neil is CEO of Saltire Executive Golf which organises golfing tours in East Lothian and beyond. Neil formerly ran the Tyneside Tavern pub in Haddington after retiring from Lothian and Borders Police.
He  joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2010. Currently coordinating the Annual Kilted Golf day on behalf of the Sunshine Appeal
First Scotland Game –  Scotland  v England 1970
First away Game – Wembley 1977
Fav Scotland goal -Archie Gemmill world cup 1978

Vice Chairman        –         Paul Smith (Trustee)

Paul SmithPaul joined the Sunshine Appeal in April 2014.
He works for Aviva in the Commercial Product Development team, which in plain English means – he constructs the policy wording you love to hate!
Outside of planning for Scotland games, which includes travelling with his dad who’s now in his seventies, he tries to go and see Dundee when finances permit.
First Scotland Game –  Scotland  v England, Hampden Park, 1982
First away Game – Netherlands v Scotland, Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, 1994

Fav Scotland goal – Richard Gough vs England March 1985 cause it was my first win vs England!!


Financial Officer     –         John Daly

John has retired from paid employment; he joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2007. He owns and manages a couple of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye. John watches his club football at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank.
First Scotland match – Scotland 1 V 0 Italy, Hampden Park, 1965.

Fav Scotland player – (currently) Ikechi Anya (replacing Scott Brown); (all-time) Graeme Souness. Or Kenny Dal. Or Joe Jordan. Or Denis Law.
Fav Scotland goal – Dalglish vs Wales, Anfield, 1977

Secretary                –         June Callison (Neil’s other daughter)


June’s first Scotland game was v Lithuana and Hampden in 1999, 3-0
Her fav current player is Christian Dailly (seriously could still do a job :-))

Her fav all time player – Colin Hendry

She says, “Fav goal is very tough for me but I think Caldwell vs France.”



Micky Ross

Micky is a database developer with Mott MacDonald in Glasgow, and has been involved with the Sunshine Appeal since its inception in 2003.
Currently a committee member at Buckie Thistle football club although tends to watch any match in the Central Belt which takes his fancy.
First Scotland match – England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley, 1988.
Fav Scotland player – (currently) The Goalkeepers!; (all-time) Davie Cooper
Fav Scotland goal – McFadden vs France, Parc des Princes, 2007.

Graeme Baxter

Graeme joined the Sunshine Appeal in Jan 2011. He is a part qualified Accountant, working for BSkyB. and is also treasurer of the Dunfermline Tartan Army. His club team is Raith Rovers.
First Scotland Match: Scotland B 3-0 Northern Ireland B, Easter Road, Feb 95.
Fav Scotland Player: (current): Darren Fletcher; (all time): Colin Hendry
Fav Scotland Goal: Mcfadden vs Holland, Hampden, 2003

Monica Devlin


Monica works for a legal firm in Glasgow and joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2012. When not following Scotland she supports Motherwell FC.

First Scotland game: 0-1 v Germany, March 1993.
Favourite Scotland players: James McFadden,  Darren Fletcher
Favourite Scotland goal: Faddy v France


Kevin Robertson

Kevin is a betting shop manager who gets a surprising amount of Saturdays off to watch Scotland and Raith Rovers. Kev joined the Sunshine Appeal in January 2013
First Scotland game – beating  Portugal 1-0 at Tynecastle in the semi-final of the 1989 U16 World Cup.
Second Scotland game – robbed in the final a few days later by a Saudi Arabian team sporting full beards!
Fav Scotland player – Craig Gordon
Fav Scotland goal – Craig Beattie v Georgia at Hampden in the last minute, 2007

Clark Gillies

Clark GilliesClark joined the Sunshine Appeal in April 2016 and is a construction and project manager for a family run business in Ayrshire. When not supporting Scotland home and away at various level he follows Aberdeen FC, with the occasional jump over the border to watch AFC Wimbledon.
First Scotland match – Scotland v Cyprus 1989.
Fav Scotland player – (current) Ikechi Anya (all time) Jim Leighton
Fav Scotland goal – James McFadden v Lithuania 2007

Dougie Wotherspoon

Dougie WotherspoonDougie joined the Sunshine Appeal in April 2016. Retired as an officer from Strathclyde Police in 2010 and is now working part time as a chauffeur.  Has been following Scotland since the late 1960’s early 1970’s and been fortunate enough to have played on the Hampden pitch at several home games with the pipe band, and for the parade around Hampden as the the team headed off to (win the World cup) Argentina in 1978.
First Scotland match (I remember) – 2-1 v Czechoslovakia September 1973
First away game – Wembley 1979 lost 3-1.
Favourite players –  Kenny Dalglish and Joe Jordan
Favourite goal(s) – Archie Gemmill – Argentina 1978, James McFadden – France 2007.

Tom Dearie

Tom Dearie 2Tom joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2017 whilst organising the charity bike ride from Wembley to Hampden Park. Currently working for Portsmouth City Council whilst spending all free time watching Scotland & Celtic.
Scotland v Wales (1980 i think)
First away game – England, Rous Cup 1988
Favourite player – Kenny Dalglish
Favourite goal – Kenny Dalglish v Spain. Hampden Park, November 1984


The Steering Group never forget – and should never be allowed to forget – that they are simply the custodians of the funds, goodwill and friendliness of Scottish football fans.

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal is a registered Scottish charity SC041455

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