Gary Torbett

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"Having been brought up in Kilmarnock why would I support any other team? Mind you, my Grandfather was a Glenbuck boy, so I might have been a Cherrypicker if they were still around! I can’t recall the first time my Dad took me to RP, but I would have been extremely young. I once intervened when someone in the bank I managed in Greenock asked a former Killie legend for ID. ‘That’s okay’, said I, ‘That’s Eddie Morrison, he was my boyhood hero’. The great man was grateful for my help but somewhat put out that his fan base was approaching middle age. I conclude that I have been to literally hundreds of games as I have got boxes of programmes in the house gathering dust.

I was not much of a footballer, although I did star at right back for my school team, so I turned my attentions to rugby union and although not particularly good at that code either, I still follow the sport with some passion. Some may say it’s because you can get a beer during games, but I’m sure there’s more to it than that. Thankfully, or local pro team play on Friday nights, so I can enjoy attending both sports as far as possible and still go to Bellsland during the season to watch KRFC when I can.

I am a Commercial Banker to trade, but I found this was putting me in the same popularity bracket as lawyers, estate agents and dentists, so I got out. I have since worked as a golf club general manager, a self employed business analyst and am now a financial/investment readiness specialist with Scottish Enterprise. I work in partnership with companies who are seeking to raise monies from debt, equity or grant sources by offering advice and help to build a robust proposition to present to potential funders and investors. I have also recently been working on the implementation of a new loan fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

I have been on and off the Trust Board since 2005 when Barry decided that it would be better using my moaning skills positively. I hope I have added some value over the years and look forward to the challenges ahead."

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