Gillian Kirkwood

Golf Administration Experience

  • Director of the The Royal and Ancint Golf Club of St Andrews Trust (World Golf Museum) 2023-
  • Chairman of Trustees of the Women Golfers’ Museum 2003-
  • President, Ladies Golf Union 2017-19
  • R&A Qualified referee 1997-2019. I have refereed at the Womens’ British Open, USGA, LET, EGA, LGU and Scottish events and was Chief Referee at the 2016 Curtis Cup
  • President, Scottish Veteran Ladies' Golf Association 2014-16
  • Scottish Government Trustee on the Board of of the St Andrews Links Trust 2012-17
    • Director of St Andrews Links Golf Shops Ltd 2012-2017
    • Director of Tom Morris Ltd 2012-2016
  • Chairman of the Ladies' Golf Union 2010-2013
    • Director of R&A Golf and Leisure Ltd 2010-2013
  • LGU Vice Chairman 2009-2010
  • LGU representative on the Rolex World Rankings Committee 2008-2010
  • Chairman of GB&I International Selection Committee 2006-2010
  • LGU representative on the R&A Amateur Status Committee 2006-2010
  • Scottish representative on the Ladies’ Golf Union Council 2006-2010
    • Director of Scottish Golf Ltd 2006-2010
  • Chairman of the Midlothian County Centenary Committee 2003-2009
  • Chairman of East of Scotland Girls’ Golfing Association 2001-2008
  • Chairman of Scottish Ladies Golfing Association 1999-2000
  • Manager and Captain of various Scottish Ladies and Girls Teams 1997-2000
  • Chairman of SLGA Girls’ Golf committee 1997-1999
  • East of Scotland representative on the SLGA committee 1995-2000
  • Captain of Midlothian County Ladies Golf Association 1991-1993
  • Captain of Broomieknowe Golf Club Ladies Section 1982-84 and 2004-2006 (Centenary)

Work Experience

  • July 2004: Took early retirement to pursue other interests.

  • 1984-2004: University of Edinburgh
    • 2001-2004: Computing Service: Principal Computing Officer: In charge of computer support for the College of Humanities and Social Science (12,000 students, 2,000+ staff).
      Latterly I managed a team of 23 spread across the campus.
    • 1993-2001: Computing Service: Senior Computing Officer: In charge of the support team for the Faculty of Social Science
    • 1988-1993: Computing Service: Computing Officer: Faculty of Social Science
    • 1984-1988: Department of Business Studies: Demonstrator.
  • 1973-1984: took time off to raise a family (3 daughters)
  • 1970-1973: Computer Programmer and latterly Programmer/Analyst with John Menzies (Holdings) Ltd.


  • University of Edinburgh: BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science (1970)

  • George Watson’s Ladies’ College, Edinburgh: 6 Highers (1966)


  • Golf:
    Member of Gullane Ladies’ Golf Club, The St Rule Club, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews Ladies Putting Club

    Honorary member of Midlothian County Ladies’ Golf Association.
    Midlothian County player in the early 1980’s.

  • History of Ladies Golf:
    Speak, write articles and act as an authority on womens’ golf history.
  • Collecting Golf Memorabilia.
    My husband and I collect books, clubs, silverware, medals, ephemera and art. We own the Heritage of Golf Museum next to the Pro Shop at Gullane Golf Club
    Member of the British Golf Collectors Society, and the European Assoiation of Golf Historians andCollectors
  • Playing Hickory Golf.
    Have played for Europe v USA in the BGCS Hickory Grail, and in several other international hickory events.
  • Developing Websites:
    I was the webmaster for scottishgolfview.com 2005-2019 and kirkwoodgolf.co.uk 2003-2017. ScottishGolfView had well over 1 million hits per year
    WomenGolfersMuseum.com, Heritageofgolf.com, alexkirkwood.co.uk
    I also helped some Counties to get started with websites,
  • Bridge.
  • Member of Marmion Bridge Club, North Berwick
  • Family:
    Husband (1) daughters (3) grandchildren ( 8)