Roddy Smith

Roddy was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Brunel University and Heriot Watt University. After gaining an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and English he taught at Robert Gordons’ College in Aberdeen for three years before returning to his home town of Edinburgh to complete a masters degree.

Roddy Smith

Chief Executive

Roddy was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Brunel University and Heriot Watt University. After gaining an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and English he taught at Robert Gordons’ College in Aberdeen for three years before returning to his home town of Edinburgh to complete a masters degree.

In 1994 he embarked on a ten year career at sportscotland, the national sports agency, working proactively with governing bodies of sport supporting these organisations with strategic planning and corporate governance advice, as well as managing the distribution of governmental grants to the sports. His final role was as Head of the Governing Body team.

In 2004 he was appointed as the Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland, a post he held for a decade. In this time the business grew significantly in size and profile with the sport winning many European and Global development awards. From a small staff of 7 and a turnover of £500K, the business grew to 26 full time staff and an annual turnover of over £2M by 2014.

On the field, the Scotland side was transformed from an amateur team to a fully professional side competing against all the top sides in the world whilst winning major competitions and taking part in both 20 over and 50 over world cups. During his tenure Cricket Scotland held many high profile matches around Scotland for up to eight thousand spectators and in front of live television cameras. He formed many successful partnerships with the private and public sector to support Cricket Scotland’s membership and teams.

Roddy was appointed as the new Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh in late 2014 and took up his post on 2 March 2015.

In his spare time Roddy follows all sports, especially rugby and cricket as well as enjoying watching his two daughters sporting endeavours.