Jim Thomson (Chairman): I have followed Killie, both home and away since 1968, through the teams many ‘ups and downs’ and have the grey hair to prove it. I’m a long standing season ticket holder, minor shareholder, original Executive Club member (still got the keyring) and owner of a brick on the East Stand wall.
I joined the Trust on the day it was founded and eventually joined the Trust Board in 2009 and truly believe that the only sustainable future for KFC is through community ownership. I’m also on the Young Killie committee (KFC Junior Supporters’ Club).
I’m a former crime fighter, who started my career in the east end of Glasgow (failed) and then eventually all over Ayrshire. I hung up my cape in 2008, after over 30 years service to devote even more time to ‘the Killie cause’ (when not on the golf course).
Barry Richmond (Director): Not hailing from a football orientated family I floated around all my mates teams, which included Celtic and Rangers, until one of them took me to a Killie game in 1987…and then I was hooked. Initially it was more about the days out, as history shows we got relegated that year and ended up in the bottom division, our lowest ebb, but the passion shown by our fans and the ability to put a brave face on things despite the desperate times made me want to be a part of it, so it was a season ticket in the bottom division for me and I’ve stuck with it ever since through the lows of midweek cup spankings from Stirling and Alloa to the highs of the cup wins and European nights. I served my apprenticeship as a lithographic compositor in Ritchies the printers in Riccarton and have been there for over 26 years now, that lead me to help the KFCSA typeset and design the KTS magazine back in the day, and in turn that led to a partnership with Allan Auld in publishing the killiefc.com website which is still to this day the biggest hitting Killie website on the internet.
I was one of the four Killie fans who attended a meeting at Tynecastle about Trusts which led us to form the Kilmarnock Supporters Society Ltd back in 2003, and after serving on the board and then leaving to concentrate on other things, I was lured back in to serve on the board for the Fifty for the Future initiative which helped save our club’s youth development. As it turned out FFTF became the most successful initiative ever undertaken by the Trust so the board members of it transferred over to the main Trust Board and it was around that time I took the position of chairman, which I served as from 2007 until 2014. I remain a board member and a great believer in our Trust and everything it stands for and my biggest hope is that eventually democracy will have its way. We all have a part to play and if we play the game to the best of our ability then the end result will be a true reflection of the time and effort we put in.
Gary Torbett (Director): 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.
Andy Millar (Director): I am a late developer as they say. I went to my first Killie game in 1988 at the grand old age of 22. Having been born on the Isle of Arran I had very little exposure to live football as I grew up. Clearly the glamour of an away game at Queens park turned my head. There have been many changes to football since then and very few have been good for fans. Community ownership has always been an objective of the Killie Trust and now it is more important than ever. I have served as a director on the Trust since 2003 and spent a number of years as company secretary. I work as an IT manager in the NHS and I live in Kilmarnock. You can find me at most home matches in the Frank Beattie Stand Block 22 Row F Seat 151.
Gerard Stanley (Director): Born and bred in Kilmarnock, my first Killie game was in 1968. Since then I’ve followed Killie through thick and thin and even when temporarily exiled to Inverness and then Worcester I still managed the 680 mile round trip for most games. I’m a qualified Loss Adjuster to trade and employed as a relationship manager for the world’s biggest provider of outsourced claims management solutions. I’m a relative newbie to the board having been elected in 2010.
Peter Telfer (Director): A Kilmarnock supporter since a child, I’ve only once seen Kilmarnock place outside the Premier League. Travelling weekly from Dundee, I’ve followed the team home and away for many seasons and truly believe I’ve seen the ‘Glory Years.’ As a graduate of Strathclyde Business School in Marketing and HR, I work as Business Development Executive for one of Scotland’s leading data centre service providers. I’ve been on the board since 2009 and help to organise fund-raisers for the Trust.
Murray Wilson (Director): A product of a mixed marriage (father from Mauchline, mother from Catrine), my dad had me obsessed before my first game; a 4-1 victory over Ayr in 1969. 11th birthday treat was the home defeat by Coleraine in Fairs Cup 1970 but cup defeats at Somerset were much more painful. Out with 1997 and 2012 (how good is it to use the current year!) the stand-out memories are: Davie Mackinnon’s penalty v Cowdenbeath, the 0-0 at Easter Road in ’94, beer in the square at Kaiserslautern, and a programme seller running away from us at Blackpool- we only wanted to buy a programme!
Since graduating in 82’, at least I think that’s when it was, I have had a host of management jobs, ten years as GM at UCI cinemas in Clydebank ( I shut a John Menzies store in London an hour early due to Clyde’s 96th minute penalty in ’89) and a brief recent spell in primary teaching, don’t ask. Currently I am manager for a visual arts charity in Glasgow.
My sons are following in the faith despite the older one having an unhappy year in the youth squads. I joined the trust board this year looking to put something back into the club which has been the source of so many emotions over the last 43 years.
John Speirs (Director): Been a Killie fan since I can remember caring, was on the pitch at Palmerston in 89, on the pitch v Cowdenbeath in 90, on the pitch v Hamilton in 93 and in the Ibrox toilet when Paul Wright scored in May 97. Did manage to catch DVT scoring at Hampden though. Graduated in 2007 from University of Paisley and have been on the Trust board since 2008 when I set up the Trusts first foray into social networking, a Bebo site! Since then Facebook, twitter and now this blog are my main contributions.
Jackie Stanley (Director): to be added….
Paul Markac (Director): As a lifelong Killie fan, going to Rugby Park is just a way of life for me. Being born in 1980 I used to dream that one day I would see Killie would win a major trophy. Going to the cup finals and seeing Killie in Europe are some of my fondest memories. I stay in Kilmarnock and have a strong belief in community values. I have a family season ticket for the Moffat Stand and my wife and I take the kids along to Rugby Park every home game. I’m a computing graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University and work as a Software Developer for the NHS. I’ve been a member of the Trust since 2013 and I’m new to the board for 2014.
Tommy Adams (Director): to be added….