Who is on the Working Group?


Chair: Ian Wright

Ian is a lifelong Jag with a long standing association with Thistle having been either a season ticket holder or Golden Thistle member for over 30 years as well as being a shareholder in the club. Ian founded and directed for 25 years Garthland Design and Print who for a large number of years produced the Thistle programme. Trained as a graphic designer, Ian also has qualifications in business administration and most recently qualified as a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. He hopes to use all his experience to help steer Thistle on a clear course to a bright future.

Secretary: Allan Heron

Allan is a retired IT Operations and Release Manager who has followed Thistle since 1968. He has been a past Secretary of the Jags Trust.

WORKING GROUP MEMBERS

Sandy Fyfe

A Chartered Accountant, Sandy is one of the few Scottish CAs to hold the ICAEW Diploma of Charity Accounting. This gives him excellent governance perspectives and appreciations. Sandy is partner and business owner of an entity with a similar turnover to that of PTFC and is also a Board member of charities.

Pauline Gordon

Pauline has been supporting Thistle since her late father took her to Firhill at the tender age of 6. Along with her two brothers she has been following Thistle ever since. She was privileged to have served as a founding trustee of the PT Charitable Trust for 7 years, the last 4 as Chair and was pleased to have served as Chair of the PTFC Trust before standing down in August 2019. Her day job is CEO of a social enterprise support agency although her work in the social economy spans 20 years. Pauline is a BA (Hons) Comms and Marketing graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Frank Peiri

A Jags fan for over 50 years and a season ticket holder of some longstanding, Frank was lucky enough to be in attendance at the 1971 League Cup Final. A qualified lawyer, Frank retired in November 2019 after having sat on the bench as a Sherriff for the previous 19 years. Before that he was an advocate and prior to that a solicitor.

Gordon Shaw

A trustee of the PTFC Trust, Maryhill born Gordon first started attending Firhill in 1966 and has seen the Jags playing at all but two current Scottish grounds. Gordon taught in Glasgow secondary schools for eight years and then spent more than 20 years in FE colleges. His college career progressed from lecturing to various management areas, including marketing. Gordon then spent six years managing national educational development work before retiring. 

Gavin Taylor

Gavin is a lifelong Thistle fan and a shareholder with the shareholding having sat with his family for over 100 years. Gavin is Chairman and Managing Director of a building services company who are sponsors of PTFC as well as programme advertisers. Additionally Gavin is a 71 Club member.

SUB-GROUPS

Communications

Task: All written materials and social media

Chair: Tom Hosie

Tom has been a Thistle fan since 1977 and between the years 1992 and 2014 edited the Club’s official programme as well as in the latter portion of that period filling the role of website and social media editor as the club started to develop its social media profile.

Fan Engagement

Task: The Fan Engagement sub-group has responsibility for organising all public events, surveys and consultations but has a brief that in truth extends beyond those parameters.

Chair: Andrew Donnelly

Andrew Donnelly is a Jags fan with a young family all of whom are passionate Thistle fans. Andrew is a contributor to the highly entertaining and often thought provoking Jagscast podcast.

He is supported in his sub-group by:

Craig Brown

Craig is a young Thistle fan keen to get more involved with the club that he supports and helps offer an invaluable fresh perspective on the subject of fan engagement.

Donna Inglis

A long standing Thistle fan, Donna’s face is one of the first you will see on a matchday if you enter the Jackie Husband Stand at the south end. Donna is one of the Club’s 50/50 half time draw ticket sellers. Popular and engaging with the ‘gift of the gab’ she is ideally suited to the Fan Engagement sub-group.

Idem Lewis

Idem has been a Thistle fan for 38 years and has been active in campaigning for disability rights since the mid 1990s, including being involved with the Disability Rights Commission. Additionally Idem has been active in raising awareness of learning disability rights within political parties as well as being involved in STUC anti-racism campaigns.

Donald Mackinnon

Donald is a season ticket holder of many years standing. After spending 28 years as a Training Manager with a large Scottish voluntary organisation, Donald retired 2 years ago.

Simon Munro

Simon is a lifelong Jags fans who has spent many years working in the printing industry. For 27 years he ran his own printing business and now works for the biggest print group in Scotland. Simon has previously been involved in Thistle voluntary projects through selling club calendars and as far back as the ‘Save The Jags’ campaign through printing and donating tickets, leaflets etc.

Finance and Membership

Task: This sub-group will look at who will be members of the new shareholding entity, what it will cost to run, how finances will be arranged and pledges made.

Chair: Stuart Callison

Stuart is a Thistle fan of 50 years standing. For the last 10 years Stuart has been the CEO of St Andrews First Aid and has been instrumental in transforming that organisation into a respected part of Scotland’s third sector landscape. Stuart, a CIPFA qualified accountant, has a strong financial background with experience of Value for Money programmes from his time at the UK National Audit offices in both London and Edinburgh.

Stuart will be supported in his sub-group by:

Billy Gow

A Thistle supporter since the 1960s, Billy retired in April of 2019 after a career spent mainly in finance/accountancy in the private sector, latterly as operations director in a manufacturing company.

Jim Isherwood

Long standing Thistle fan, Jim is retired having spent most of his working life in an office environment as a buyer in the shipbuilding industry.

Linda McGowan

Linda is a member of the Jordanhill Supporters bus and is a passionate Thistle fan who cares deeply about the opportunity ahead. Her professional life lies in the banking industry where she has worked for over 40 years managing small teams with tight deadlines and is currently working in the policy and regulatory team. Linda also volunteers as a mentor for the MCR Pathways, mentoring a high school pupil.

Morag McHaffie

Morag has been attending Firhill for over 50 years and currently works for a non-departmental organisation. A season ticket holder, Morag was secretary to the original Partick Thistle Supporters Federation and has served as a committee member, secretary and is presently Chairperson of the Jags Trust. Morag is firmly involved in the Trust movement and is currently Chairperson of Supporters Direct Scotland. Her main interest though lies in the future of Partick Thistle Football Club.

Stewart McLuckie

Stewart has been a Thistle fan since 1968 and for the last 30 years has been a Finance Manager with a Glasgow security firm.

Robert Taylor

A season ticket holder, Robert has also supported the club by sponsoring players’ and managers’ tops. Robert has been the director of two large credit unions and volunteers with the SSAFA as a Care Worker Training Officer. Additionally, Robert has been a co-opted member of the PTFC Trust.

Model for Community Ownership

Task: Create the structure of the shareholding entity that will hold the majority shareholding when it is transferred over.

Chair: Paul Goodwin

A marketer to trade, Paul worked on a range of high profile roles including marketing director for HMV culminating in establishing his own successful specialist Sports and Entertainment agency. Paul ran the first major campaign to bring Stirling Albion into community ownership saving it from liquidation. His experience and knowledge contributed to the successful community ownership at Hearts, Dunfermline and Annan. In 2015 Paul co-founded the SSFA and continues to work with a number of clubs around community ownership.

Paul will be ably supported in the task detailed above by a very strong team which comprises of:

Andrew Holloway

Introduced to Thistle by his father, Andrew has been supporting the team since season 1995-1996. A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Andrew leads the Entrepreneurial Taxes team in a chartered accountants and business advisors company where he is involved in structuring various employee-owned corporates. The concept of a sustainable future for Thistle is something that Andrew finds incredibly important.

Davy Mains

Between the years 2012 and 2014 Davy was a Board member of the Jags Trust before going on to serve as a Board member and trustee of the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust. He was also a founding member of the Partick Thistle Football Fans In Training football team and is an occasional contributor to the Jagscast podcast. Away from Thistle and football, Davy has worked in recruitment for 25 years and his industry knowledge in the Digital and Technology sector led him to being selected as a judge at The Herald Digital Business Awards.

Jim McLaggan

A lifelong Thistle fan, Jim is a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance professional with 20 years experience working with boards, membership organisations and governing bodies. Additionally Jim is a director of the Scottish Youth Football Association where he is the Chair of football operations.

Martin O’Neill

Martin is a season ticket holder at Firhill and has 20 years experience in IT management setting up governance structures in both the public and private sector. A trade unionist and political activist, Martin has a passion for democracy.

Gordon Scott

Currently working in social care with East Dunbartonshire Social Care Partnerships, where he often works alongside various social enterprises, Gordon previously served on the Board of a fairly large housing association and for 5 years was the Chair of that housing association. Gordon is a strong believer that communities should own and control their own assets.

Gavin Smart

For the last 10 years Gavin, a qualified Management Accountant, has been working in corporate finance roles as a valuation and business modelling consultant. He is strongly motivated to help put in place a structure that will put Thistle in a strong position for decades to come.

New Legal Entity

Task: Creation of the legal framework for the new ownership entity

Chair: Stewart Rennie

Stewart is a Jags fan of some 40 years standing and is a lawyer, and partner in niche firm Rennie McInnes LIP, who specialises in corporate and insolvency law. Stewart brings relevant football experience to his role with the Working Group having acted for a group of investors who formed a consortium with the Clyde Development Trust to buy out the then chair of Clyde FC and clear their debt through a CVA.

Stewart is supported in his sub-group by:

Russel McPhate

Russel’s introduction to Partick Thistle came in season 1973-74 when we played Ferranti Thistle in the Scottish Cup. Brought up in Partick, Russel now lives with his wife and children in Dunfermline and is a solicitor in his home town. Despite living in deepest, darkest Fife, Russel has been a Thistle season ticket holder for more than 20 years and he watches Thistle, in the company of his dad, son and equally long suffering friends, from the confines of the John Lambie stand.

Gordon Shaw

A trustee of the PTFC Trust, Maryhill born Gordon first started attending Firhill in 1966 and has seen the Jags playing at all but two current Scottish grounds. Gordon taught in Glasgow secondary schools for eight years and then spent more than 20 years in FE colleges. His college career progressed from lecturing to various management areas, including marketing. Gordon then spent six years managing national educational development work before retiring. 

Elainne Sibbald

Elainne has been a Thistle fan for 30 years having being introduced to Thistle at the tender age of 8 by her dad, Iain, who runs the John Lambie Jordanhill Supporters Bus. Aside from being a Jags fan, Elainne has never had any previous involvement with the club but is keen to get involved in this new, exciting chapter in the Club’s history where her legal background can be useful in navigating some of the challenges ahead.

Project Management

Chair: Craig Dunn

Craig is a Project Manager who has been a Thistle fan for over 35 years and attends matches home and away with his young family.

To be supported by:

John Brydon

A professional Project Manager, John is a lifelong Thistle fan having attended his first game back in February 1971. John is a former season ticket holder and his family hold a shareholding in the Club.

Allan McGraw

Allan is a Jags fan who recently took early retirement from his role as a business manager with Scottish Water. A Chartered Engineer Allan, in his role with Scottish Water, led a team of Project Managers and Engineers to deliver a range of capital investment projects. Allan has held various voluntary roles including Chairman of his daughter’s School Board, secretary of his local residents association and was a member of the Children’s Hearing System for 8 years.

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