After a corporate career in technology and finance, I established an online business, sold it and then took various advisory and non-executive roles.
My best ever working assignment was 2 years in New Zealand where I met my husband. My two children both have dual nationality and live in New Zealand and Australia.
I had played whilst and solo (a bridge type game for individuals) and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when a friend suggested going to the Carlton for bridge lessons, I did, enjoyed them, and have been playing ever since.
Last year Joan Forsyth asked me to help out as the SBU’s Congress Convener. Whilst I was wary about doing this because of other commitments, I wanted to support the SBU. Bridge helped me get through the pandemic, as I’m sure it did for many people.
Managing the first face-to-face Congress after the pandemic meant I worked with the Trustees. I enjoyed working with them am honoured to be the first General Manager of the SBU.
Juliet grew up in Aberdeenshire and after 5 years as a PA in the oil industry, moved to London where she worked in the House of Commons for 20 years as Private Secretary to an MP. Marriage brought Juliet to Glamis in 2001 where, having qualified as a Professional Massage Therapist in London, she has created her own small business. Meantime, she continues to provide an administrative/secretarial roll to private clients. She is also standing as a candidate for the Kirriemuir and Dean Ward of Angus Council in the local elections in May 2022.
Throughout her childhood her family played every card and board game under the sun, but not bridge! It was not until January 2011 she played her first game, having been invited to join a group of girls who were learning the game. Juliet has logged every game she has ever played since, just as she always did when playing tennis! It makes a fascinating diary. She no longer plays tennis competitively but finds bridge fulfils the competitive spirit in her nature.
In February 2022 she stepped in to the role of Secretary to the General Manager and Operational Team and began the necessary learning curve required and is enjoying all the help she is receiving.
Fiona moved to Edinburgh from London in 2001. Looking to meet people and having played a bit of kitchen bridge, she joined the Melville Bridge Club and has never looked back.
She first joined the SBU Council as a representative of the East District and her first major role was that of Finance Convenor. However, her organisational skills make her ideally suited for the role of Tournament Convenor and she was asked to pick up this role at the end of the 2020-21 season and the challenges of providing online tournaments for SBU members during the pandemic have made life “interesting”.
The SBU provides tournaments for all levels of players from those taking lessons, through the ranks of Bronze and Silver, to seasoned experts and internationals.
Details of all events are on the SBU website and Fiona is happy to answer any questions that members may have.
I originally joined Council as I was Secretary of the East District. About 10 or so years ago the then SBU President asked me to take over as Chair of the International Committee as I was not involved in playing in trials but had useful organisational skills to be able to arrange trials for the selection of our teams and training opportunities for players wanting to progress to that level.
For the past few years I’ve also been Chair of the East District.
Away from the bridge table (or computer screen) I enjoy reading, knitting, walking and working through my bucket list of holiday destinations. The latter has not been shortened in the last 2 years.Anne Perkins
I was brought up playing various whist type games and on becoming a teacher I joined in staffroom bridge games learning the rudiments in the usual manner (usually 4 down doubled). I progressed to a club in a church hall and onward to the Glasgow Bridge Centre.
Over many years I joined the committee and eventually took over running tournaments. That led me to directing and ending in the current position.
Hi I’m Marina, and I have been the SBU Education Convenor since August 2021.
I was a European Equity portfolio manager and member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts in my professional life, having studied European Management Science at University.
Whilst a keen ‘kitchen bridge’ player, work and then 4 children hindered progress until 2016, when I joined the New Melville Bridge Club in Edinburgh and became a member of a lower division team in the SBU East District League. Several of the Melville’s more experienced players showed great interest in helping the team to progress, and this encouragement and support, coupled with some excellent tuition, was instrumental in developing my passion for this great game. In fact I was so keen to play at every opportunity that I joined my other local club, the Carlton, a few years later.
Now retired, I am determined to do my bit to support the SBU’s principle to encourage more people to take up Bridge or to develop their game.
Playing Bridge is a great way of bringing people together, and provides a social lifeline for many. I want to ensure that we reach out to as many people as we can all over Scotland and develop teaching initiatives for all ages and stages.
Having been brought up in Elgin I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 in Edinburgh after completing a law degree at Edinburgh University. I then spent 30+ years working internationally in finance with a major American oil company.
I had two assignments in both the United States and Doha in Qatar, plus also assignments in Caracas, Venezuela and London and Aberdeen. During this time I managed to play some bridge in Doha, Caracas, Aberdeen and even one session in Kinshasa in Zaire.
After retiring in 2010 I joined the New Melville Bridge Club in Edinburgh and undertook the third year of the SBU’s teaching course to “unlearn” some bad habits and hopefully pick up some good habits.
Coming out of those classes I joined a new start up team in the East District leagues and we bounced between the two lowest divisions there. We enjoyed the rare occasion in the Maclaren knock out cup of using the handicap system to beat a division one team but also recall coming out of a sound beating by another division one team wondering how those guys knew every card I was holding!!
I enjoyed several years as a Trustee and Treasurer at the New Melville. I took over from George Plant as SBU Treasurer in September 2020.
It is fair to say that the move to online bridge and the interaction with BBO has proved an interesting challenge, particularly the tax aspects. I do also enjoy the interaction with the committee members of the at last count 97 SBU clubs I have been interfacing with.
The current move to a SCIO is another interesting development but I do still find time for some golf and my two little granddaughters living locally.
I started playing bridge at Glasgow University in the late fifties, found it more interesting than nuclear physics so stopped studying and started work to pay for my bridge. My professional career had started with electronic banking equipment, I then became in turn a programmer, system analyst, large project manager and salesman. Subsequently, I held various management positions at the European HQ (Paris) of a large multinational. My working life was largely spent outside Scotland (Paris mainly) but punctuated with country management positions in various African and European countries. Bridge partners whilst in the UK have included Victor Silverstone, Willie Coyle, both sides of the McLaren/Forbes duo after they broke up; all these stars share the common characteristic of being better bridge players than me. I have held East District as well as SBU committee positions continuously for the last fifteen years. Coincidentally I have been the Treasurer and a Trustee for the RSCDS (a charity and a company limited by guarantee) for close to ten years.