Al Kellock is our first speaker and is a Scottish former Rugby Union player who is now Business Development Manager & Ambassador at the Scottish Rugby Union as well as co-founder of Milngavie based Finsbay café, bar & restaurant.
Al made his Scotland debut against Australia in November of 2009 and captained Scotland to a historic win against Australia in November of 2009. In January of 2011, it was announced that he would captain Scotland in the 2011 Six Nations Championship when he scored his first international try against France in Scotland’s opening match. He also captained his country at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Al became the 34th Scot to reach the milestone of 50 or more caps for Scotland when he was introduced as a second-half substitute in the RBS 6 Nations Championship victory over Ireland at Murrayfield in February 2013. His last game for Scotland was in the 42-17 win over Japan in the 2013 end-of-year rugby union internationals.
He played as a lock for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland and captained Glasgow from 2006 until 2015. In his last season, 2014-15 before retiring, the Warriors won the Pro 12, the first major trophy that a Scottish side has won in the professional era. He was named in the Pro12 Dream Team at the end of 2009/10 and 2012/13 seasons.
Al joined the Scottish Rugby Union as Business Development Manager in April 2017 & is also an Ambassador for the SRU.
“I’ve worked hard over my playing career to learn and develop my business knowledge, spending time internally with the Commercial Team at the SRU as well as getting out to many of our sponsors and partners to gain experience of how their organisations work. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my rugby experiences linking the playing field with the boardroom with fellow business leaders.”
Outwith rugby, Al is a founding Director of Finsbay Ventures which launched Finsbay Café-Bar-Restaurant in Milngavie in August 2016. Joining him in his relatively new venture is fellow Director, Billy Milligan, formerly of G1 Group & Buzzworks. Finsbay is now one of Tripadvisor’s top ten restaurants in the local area and Finsbay Flatiron pop-up restaurant launched in February of this year on Glasgow’s Woodlands Road.
In January of this year, Al joined the Board of rugby charity Hearts & Balls after meeting and being inspired by so many of the rugby players supported by Hearts and Balls.
“These guys are inspirational despite suffering life-changing injuries playing the sport we all love. I played for almost three decades, and retired relatively unscathed. Not everyone is so lucky. We, as members of the Scottish rugby community, should do everything we can to support those players in their time of need.”