Staff

The British Curling Performance Programme is delivered by the Performance Director, the National Coach, the Head Coach for Wheelchair Curling and two Performance Coaches.  The sportscotland Institute of Sport is responsible for the contractual employment of the staff.

Additional coaching and performance support staff may be appointed for specific projects on a short-term basis. For example, this may include support for British representative teams at major championships/events. These and any other short-term appointments made in supporting the delivery of the performance plan would also come under the management and responsibility of the Performance Director.

Graeme Thompson - Performance Director
Graeme Thompson
Graeme was appointed as the Performance Director for Curling in July 2014 and is responsible for the performance end of the sport in Britain. Formerly Performance Director for GB Waterpolo and Rugby League, he has previously worked for three years at UK Sport as a Performance Advisor across a number of sports, including Curling. Graeme is a graduate of Moray House where he studied Recreation and went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching.
David Murdoch - National Coach
David Murdoch
Three-time Olympian David Murdoch was appointed as British Curling’s National Coach at the start of the Beijing 2022 Olympiad, in September 2018.

Murdoch, who hails from Lockerbie, turned his attention to full time coaching last year as consultant coach to the programme that had supported his extremely successful curling career, which saw him skip his team to silver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, as well as win two World, three European and seven national titles before landing the prestigious national post. He also enjoyed success in the junior ranks with two World Junior titles as well as a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Murdoch boasts a strong coaching pedigree. His sister Nancy, who is currently a programme performance coach, was previously the Olympic women’s coach for Vancouver 2010, while their mother Marion, MBE, is also a coach who played a significant part in developing the careers of Olympians Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan. David’s brother Neil is also a former European Champion curler.

Murdoch campaigned for the creation of the National Curling Academy (NCA) in the full knowledge that he would not be one of the beneficiaries of the facility as a player, but unaware that it would eventually become his workplace in Stirling, the town in which he made his home almost a decade ago.

Before taking on his coaching role, Murdoch commentated on curling for Eurosport and Channel 4 as well as writing a curling column for The Herald. In 2016 his knowledge and expertise in the sport was further recognised when he was elected to the World Curling Federation Athlete Commission.
Sheila Swan - Head Coach - Wheelchair Curling
Sheila Swan
Sheila Swan was appointed to lead the Wheelchair Curling programme in June 2015. She is a Level 2 coach and former World Champion (2002).
Sheila has worked with wheelchair curlers for eight years in a development role and also coached the Scottish team at World Championships in 2011 where they won silver medals.
Nancy Smith - Performance Coach
Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith was appointed as a Performance Coach in June 2012.
Highlight's from Nancy's impressive coaching career include: Team Coach to Team Muirhead's rink when they won silver at the 2010 World Championships and has attended 10 World Junior Championships as Team/Head Coach, winning two Gold, one Silver and four Bronze medals. Nancy was the Performance Development Coach for the RCCC before joining British and Scottish Curling and now oversees the Mixed Doubles programme.
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