Director of Netball

Heather Gaunt


Heather joined the University as Head Coach of Netball in 2012, before being appointed Director in 2016.

Heather started her playing career for Ryland Netball Club, who currently play in the English Premier League 2, under the guidance of Head Coach Sheila Perks MBE. She went on to compete for Bournville Netball Club, Worcestershire and Birmingham County Netball Associations and Northumbria University.

Heather started coaching whilst at university and gained her first coaching qualification back in 1999. She gained experience coaching the junior section at Bournville Netball Club, Birmingham Academy and satellite centres before returning back to University Netball at St Andrews.

Professionally, Heather has worked in Sport Development for over 17 years in a number of guises and for a number of organisations including England Netball, UK Coaching, The Football Association and more recently at the Professional Golfers Association.

Heather has previously tutored and assessed for England Netball and now takes on this role for Netball Scotland. She has held management positions with the Regional Management Board for Netball in the West Midlands and the Coach Education Advisory Group for Netball Scotland. Heather is currently the Scottish Representative on the BUCS Sport Advisory Group for Netball. In 2018 she was short-listed as the Netball Scotland Coach of the Year and in 2019 Heather was awarded Coach of the Year at the prestigious Saints Sport Awards.

Assistant Coach & Performance Analyst

Lois Mackay


Lois is a UKCC Level 2 coach. She supports Heather in the coaching of the Performance Squad and is the lead coach for the 3rd team to the 6th team. Lois also leads Monday Morning Fitness. She works with all squads as a Performance Analyst providing insight and feedback to help their development and future performance as individuals, units and squads. Lois is a huge asset to the club through her hard work, creativity and ability to forge relationships with players and the wider team at Saints Sport.

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Allan Gartshore

Allan has worked for Saints Sport for several years and has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008. As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part time with the Scottish Institute of Sport as a strength and conditioning coach, and with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.

Fitness Coach

Ross Whittaker

Ross is the Personal Trainer at Saints Sports and we are lucky to secure his services as the Netball Clubs Fitness Coach. His motto of ‘challenge your impossible’ creates the foundation of his work with our players. Ross has over ten years’experience in the fitness industry between his military and civilian career. He prides himself on delivering safe and effective training and works with our players to make sure they are in peak condition throughout the season.