Scottish FA: Clare Whyte to leave role as compliance officer

Clare Whyte is set to leave her role as the Scottish FA’s compliance officer in the New Year.

The SFA released a statement saying the recruitment process for Whyte’s successor will begin shortly but confirmed she will remain in the position until early 2021 in order to ensure a smooth handover with her replacement.

The governing body said Whyte, who took over the post in August 2018, is leaving to take up a new opportunity.

The SFA’s compliance officer oversees the body’s disciplinary rules and can issue notices of complaint for perceived infractions that may have been missed by officials during matches.

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Whyte received sustained criticism during the early part of her tenure, which led to a summit between clubs and the SFA in early 2019, as well as changes to the Scottish FA’s Judicial Panel Protocol.


Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA chief executive, said: “I would like to thank Clare for her commitment to the role over the past two years with the Scottish FA.

“In what is a high-pressure position in a relentless environment, she has shown professionalism and resilience.

“We will begin the process of recruiting a replacement in early course.”

Whyte replaced Tony McGlennan in the position in 2018 after joining from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, where she was serving as a procurator fiscal depute.

She was the third compliance officer appointed since SFA judicial reform in 2011.

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