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. He is a UKCC Level 3 coach, but still makes mistakes and should know better.
In 2009 Roger joined the Board of the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) as Development Director and was active in making SOA a charity. From 2012 to 2018 he was President, seeing a remarkable period of growth for the Association around the time of the 2015 World Championships in Scotland and then chairing the bid committee for WOC 2022. 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 recently established 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 heavily dependent on third sector organisations, so orienteering in the UK can prosper from there being an active Orienteering Foundation. His particular interests are in raising public awareness of our sport, supporting grassroots orienteering and developing a strong coaching structure.