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Cathy Jamieson Joins the Kilmarnock FC Board via Trust In Killie Initiative

Date: 31st May 2018

Kilmarnock Football Club have announced that Cathy Jamieson has joined their Board of Directors. A lifelong Kilmarnock fan, Cathy will join the Board as a Director after The Kilmarnock Supporters Society Ltd (The Killie Trust) reached their £100,000 funding target through the Trust in Killie initiative. This appointment represents a milestone moment for Kilmarnock FC, further strengthening the bond between supporters and the club and ensuring the views and skills of fans can be utilised to help the club to thrive.

Cathy Jamieson has enjoyed a career in politics,  serving as an MSP and  Cabinet Minister in Holyrood, and  MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun and a  Shadow Treasury Minister in Westminster. Outside of her passion for Kilmarnock FC and Auchinleck Talbot, Cathy has long been a champion for young people,  dedicating her time to social work and Who Cares? Scotland, the advocacy organisation for young people in care. She currently holds the position of Chief Executive of Care Visions Children’s Services, which provides residential and foster care placements for vulnerable young people across Scotland.  

Cathy said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at such an exciting time for Kilmarnock FC. I look forward to working with the Club and the Trust to ensure fans have a voice and that we further develop links with the local community and fans of the future.”

John Kiltie said: “From the list of high calibre candidates, selected by the Trust Board, whom we interviewed for the position, it was a unanimous decision to appoint Cathy. She has a vast knowledge of community issues and business both locally and nationally; we are confident in our selection and welcome Cathy on to the board of Kilmarnock Football Club.”

Killie Trust Chair Jim Thomson said: “This is a truly historic day in the lifetime of the Kilmarnock Supporters Trust. The commitment and vision of the Killie supporters who have subscribed to the ‘Trust in Killie’ initiative have given us this important and vital voice and I’d like to thank them once again. They have recognised that we cannot rely on a few individuals to sustain the club we all love and have created a long-term revenue stream to help ensure it will prosper for generations to come. Cathy was the unanimous choice of all Trust Directors to be the voice of our supporters. We now look forward to a positive working relationship with the KFC Board of Directors on all issues to move our great club forward as it approaches its 150th anniversary.”

The Trust Board put forward Cathy as their preferred candidate for the directorship because her experience and CV were second to none. Beyond Cathy’s extensive educational background she has a long association with the Co-operative movement, was one of the early advocates of Supporters’ Trusts and was a Scottish Cabinet Minister when first funding was given to set up Supporters Direct at the very first conference (Tynecastle 2002) which our own Trust founders attended and took inspiration from. She has also been involved in anti-sectarian initiatives in education and is currently a board member of the Scotwest Credit Union, one of largest in UK.

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