As a new volunteer organisation we have been set up organically to ensure that the needs of fans are represented as quickly as possible. It is our intention that within a 2 year period all the major positions in the organisation are voted for by our members. One of our first tasks is to set up a working party to put forward a range of proposals for our members to work towards. In the interim we are delighted to have a range of volunteers from across the country who are willing to help build the organisation into a force that can unite as a body to fully represent our needs.
Simon Barrow (Chair)
A director of think tank Ekklesia which looks at how beliefs and values intersect with politics and society. He has been active in journalism, politics and adult education for many years and is on the NUJ Ethics Council. He is passionate Dumbarton FC supporter and is Chair of the Sons Trust follows the national team and is a co founder of the SFSA.
A former professional football with Leeds United and his home team of East Fife. He is academic , an author and a leading Labour politician where he rose to become First Minister of Scotland. Since then he has lectured around the world and was also instrumental in the most wide sweeping McLeish Report for the SFA. He brings a wealth of experience of football, business and politics to the Board which he joined in 2016.
Cathy Jamieson has been a Kilmarnock FC supporter since childhood and also follows her local junior team Auchinleck Talbot FC. She has been a Labour & Cooperative MP, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Education and Young People , and Justice, where she led on anti-sectarianism. A passionate supporter of fan ownership, she is a member of the Killie Trust. She is currently Managing Director of a Children’s Services organisation. She brings experience of the Cooperative movement, business, politics and government.
Maureen has been involved in sports administration for over 25 years. Executive Administrator of Scottish Women’s Football until December 2013, Maureen was the first female Scottish FA Council Member and Non-Professional Game Board member in football in Scotland. She is now the only Scottish FA female life member and is currently a member of the Scottish FA Judicial Panel.
Founder of Scottish Women in Sport which is a national equity charity launched in November 2013 that aims to increase the profile and raise awareness of all areas of women in sport in Scotland. Hailing from Clydebank she always has a soft spot for the historical club, however her main passion is the Scottish FA Women’s National Team.
Dr Andy McArthur
Andy is a Son of the Rock, and proud of Dumbarton FC’s convincing claim to be the best part-time team in Scotland. Following a academic career in Urban Studies at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, he co-founded the Social Marketing Gateway as a network of behaviour change practitioners committed to social change and improvement. Recognising Dumbarton’s limited prospects on the international stage, he has followed the Scotland national team since the World Cup in 1974 and has written a book on the madcap antics of the Tartan Army, the sales’ proceeds from which were donated to the childrens’ charity Rachel House.
An avid season ticket holder at Ibrox Crawford is at least a third a generation Rangers supporter, his family hails from Govan and he has early memories of walking to the match with his grandfather and father and brother to cheer on the Teddy Bears. In professional life, Crawford is a Lloyd’s of London corporate insurance underwriter and a member of the prestigious Faculty of Underwriters, he is a law graduate and operates his own Managing General Agency in Edinburgh’s West End.
Is an ex footballer who played for Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers, Queen of the South in two spells, Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir, who he also managed. In 2001, he was the subject of a book published by Mainstream Publishing entitled “Don’t Give Up the Day Job: A Year in the Life of a Part-time Footballer” written by Bill Leckie & Des, which gave an insight into the difficulties of juggling work commitments and family life, whilst playing as a part-time professional footballer for Queen of the South F.C. McKeown, who nowadays owns a stationery supply company in the Glasgow area, works part-time as a pundit for BBC Scotland and also has a column in the Scottish edition of The Sun newspaper. He runs marathons for fun and to raise funds for various charities that he supports.
A senior marketing executive and communications specialist he ran campaigns for some of Europe’s biggest brands in a 16 year stint south of the border. This included being the Scot at the heart of the Nationwide’s 10 year sponsorship of the England team. He ran the campaign to turn Stirling Albion into community ownership then ran the club when they completed the purchase. He went on to consult for Dunfermline Athletic, Heart of Midlothian and a range of others on community ownership issues. He is passionate advocate for fans having a say in the running of the game and he Co Founded the SFSA in 2015. In his spare team he coaches for Falkirk where his son plays and he follows Partick Thistle and the national team.
The SFSA has developed a range or working groups that are the real power behind moving the organisation forward. If you can contribute and have the expertise and would like to join one of these groups please get in touch:-
Marketing Gurus – have you got marketing or sponsorship experience and ideas that can change Scottish Football then you need to be part of this team.
Digital and web team – Can you help us drive the organisation forward by developing our on line presence then join this group
Writers and bloggers – Do you want to get your voice heard to our growing audience then start contribution to our weekly and monthly newsletters
Governance and transparency – A small group of fans who have been meeting for the last year and who have been instrumental in driving our benchmarking and evaluation work. If you have an interest in this area you can join this team.
Memberships – We are actively looking for a member who can help work with our digital team in driving memberships. Our aim is to attract 100,000 members.