Neil has been a member of three orienteering clubs (BADO, DVO and NGOC) and has orienteered to Championship Level, including winning a British Sprint bronze medal.
He has enjoyed planning and volunteering at many local events, and at national level was British Orienteering’s first secretary general. Neil was British Orienteering chairman for four years and retired when he had completed the maximum length of time on the Board.
Neil is keen to see the Orienteering Foundation widely recognised in the orienteering community and to ensure the Foundation rewards it donors with innovation that helps develop orienteering throughout the UK, and with support for deserving projects and people.
Duncan Archer - trustee
Duncan started orienteering 30 years ago as a junior with Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK), and was a member of Oxford University Orienteering Club (OUOC) at university, and Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) while living in London for several years afterwards, before returning to the north east and CLOK, where he is currently club chairman. He has competed at a high level, including representing GBR in World Cups, and has had several mountain marathon successes. He is also currently a junior and senior selector, and coaches with the North East Junior Squad, and on JROS junior tours abroad.
Duncan’s particular interests in the Orienteering Foundation are technological innovation in the sport, making it attractive to the next generation of orienteers, and the role we might play in bridging the funding gap affecting junior and elite orienteering squads. He also runs the Orienteering Foundation website and our social media presence.
Malcolm Duncan - trustee
Malcolm was born in 1934, educated in North Staffordshire and then Liverpool University, articled in Liverpool and became a Chartered Accountant and joined Cooper Bros (as they were then). In 1964 he joined the family firm in North Staffordshire and ran that successfully till 2001, continued to run a small engineering group till 2012 as well as acting for some charities which still continues. His most active sporting activity has been with rugby union, first with club playing and administration, then county secretary and on to representing Staffordshire on the Rugby Football Council for 13 years. He is now a Privileged Member of the RFU for life. Then followed several years working on the RFU Charity.
He was introduced to orienteering by his clients in his mid-forties, joined POTOC and served as treasurer for several years. He was very active competing nearly every weekend, usually with some of his children! He had a short spell as national treasurer, and was heavily involved in the formation of the Orienteering Foundation.
Andrew Evans - trustee
Andrew has been orienteering for over 35 years though you would not necessarily think this from a review of his results. He first joined Darwin Forest (DFOK) which changed its name to Dartford (DFOK) some 20 years ago when contact was lost with the Charles Darwin and Forest Hill founding schools. So he is a “one club” orienteer and is currently the club chair. He has been an organiser of the JK Relays and the British Middle Distance Championships amongst various other planning, organising and controlling roles.
Andrew is keen to develop the Orienteering Foundation into a major charity making a significant contribution to the furtherance of orienteering, a role much needed given the recent cutbacks in funding to British Orienteering.
Pauline Olivant - trustee
Pauline started orienteering over 35 years ago when her husband was introduced to the sport through his work at that time as a cartographer. They both joined Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club. Once the children started to be more independent Pauline started coaching and helping with the East Midlands Junior Squad, qualifying as a level 4 coach. This led to working part time for British Orienteering, first as a Schools Development Officer, then with various changes in title helping develop orienteering within clubs and the community. Although not actively orienteering now, she still helps on the NOC committee and can be seen regularly behind the registration/results computers at NOC events.
Once retired, she become a trustee of the Foundation, keen to see the Foundation become more well known within orienteering and support the next generation of orienteers.
Roger Scrutton - trustee
On joining ESOC in the 1990s, Roger was a relative latecomer to orienteering, having pursued a variety of other sports since a very young age. He describes himself as a good average club orienteer, rarely winning anything but also rarely having a disastrous run of form. In addition to ESOC, he is an Honorary Member of EUOC and a member of AROS as second-choice club.
In 2009 Roger joined the Board of the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) as Development Director and took the lead on making SOA a charity as well as a company limited by guarantee. From 2012 to 2018 he has been President of SOA, seeing a remarkable period of growth for the association around the time of the 2015 World Championships in northern Scotland. Now retired from the academic staff of the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh University, his position in the University as an Honorary Research Fellow in Outdoor Education allows him to see and research the multiple benefits that the pursuit of a sport like orienteering can bring to young people. He is now in the throes of establishing a new charity on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council to support activities at its residential outdoor centre in Argyll.
Roger believes that in much the same way as society in general is now dependent on third sector organisations as well as government and business in order to prosper, so orienteering in the UK can prosper from there being an active Orienteering Foundation. His particular interest are in raising public awareness of our sport and supporting grassroots orienteering, where it all starts.