Former Ryder Cup project director Clyde to head EventScotland
Robbie Clyde has been appointed head of EventScotland, the events arm of tourism body VisitScotland, taking over the role from Stuart Turner who is departing to take on the role of head of major events for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.
Clyde joins from Scottish Development International, where he was based in Paris, overseeing Scotland’s investment and export strategy against the government’s key sectors. Before that, he worked with EventScotland as project director for Scotland’s hosting of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.
Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s director of events, said: “I’d like to congratulate Robbie on his appointment as the new head of EventScotland. He brings a wealth of major events and tourism experience and, having worked with Robbie previously to deliver the Ryder Cup 2014, I know he will be a valuable addition not only to EventScotland but to the whole Scottish events industry.”
Clyde said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the position of head of EventScotland. My time working with the organisation to deliver the Ryder Cup 2014 was a career highlight, so I am looking forward to returning to take up this new challenge across the broader spectrum in international sporting and cultural events, and continue the great work being done by the organisation to make Scotland the perfect stage for events.”
Clyde will begin work with EventScotland on 9 April.
During his 10 years with EventScotland, Turner led the development and evolution of Scotland’s national events strategy; led successful bids for Scotland to host international sporting events including world championships for swimming, gymnastics, track cycling, orienteering; has served as attaché to the Scottish team at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; and worked closely with Team Scotland at the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Ryder Cups.