From time to time questions arise about the role of the Club Director appointed via the Killie Trust and if this is different to the other Club Directors.
This role is a full Directorship and I carry the same legal responsibilities as any Company Director, including the other Club Directors, but with the additional responsibility of representing the Trust - which has invested and holds shares in the club.
Between the three Club Directors, we have divided the lead roles under various headings:
Football and Stadium – Billy Bowie
Finance and Commercial – Phyllis McLeish
Community, Media and HR – Cathy Jamieson
However, all Directors take an interest across the various Departments and every effort is made to arrive at decisions by consensus. There is regular communication between Directors on day to day issues, as well as formal meetings.
My history with Supporters Trusts goes back pre-2000 when I was involved in campaigning through the co-operative movement for fan involvement and ownership of clubs. I was part of the Scottish Cabinet which first funded Supporters Direct in Scotland, attended the first event at Tynecastle - and joined the Killie Trust at the outset in 2003. Prior to being appointed as a Club Director, I was on the Board of the Scottish Football Supporters Association. So my interest in fan representation and ownership has been a long-term commitment, as has my support for Killie!
I took the decision to reduce the time I work in paid employment to three days per week and I give time and experience to the Club and Trust on an entirely voluntary basis. In my (other) day job, I moved from being the Chief Executive Officer to Executive Chair of the Board of an organisation that provides services for young people in care. I am also on the Board of Scotwest Credit Union, which is one of the largest in the UK. I am a founding Trustee of the Why Not? Trust, a charity for care experienced young people, and have joined the Board of Partners for Inclusion, a locally based social care organisation. I have also agreed to be a Trustee for newly-established charity Lochlan’s Legacy. Trust members will be aware of young Killie fan Lochlan Murdoch who has Type 1 diabetes and is starting a new round of stadium marathons!
Being first and foremost a Killie fan, I continue to pay for my season ticket and am a shirt sponsor for a player.
As part of the arrangements with the Club, the Trust has the opportunity to have two places in the Chairman’s Club at home matches, which can be used for Trust guests. We have a monthly Trust in Killie draw for places. It has been good to welcome Trust members along and look forward to more having the opportunity in future.