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The Board of Airdrie United FC

We have carefully selected the board members and roles to focus on our mission and values - accessing and appealing to all sectors of the Scottish Football Community, and to the local community.


Jim Ballantyne - Chairman

Jim qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1987 and became a Fellow in 1992. Jim is a partner in Ballantyne & Co, which was established in 1964 by his father John, who retired in 1996. Jim has been a partner since 1989 and the firm continues to go from strength to strength and is a respected member of the financial community. Jim will be responsible for overall financial control and financial strategy to ensure that the football club will be able to serve the needs and represent the local community for a long time to come.


Walter G. Speirs - Director

Walter enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the U.S. and Scottish electronics sector and now operates his own recruitment company, Solutions Driven Ltd and also Pertemps ( Scotland ) Ltd. Walter, has also been a lifelong Airdrie fan, having been brought up in the town.




 

Rose Ballantyne - Director

Rose has been a lifetime Airdrie Supporter going to Broomfield with her father when he has seats in Row A on the centre line as far back as 1945.  In 1953 she met John and both of them followed Airdrie both home and away.  They married in 1957 and their children Ann Marie and Jim also followed suit and the trip to Broomfield became a family outing. Rose helped John set up Ballantyne and Company in 1964 and worked in the office until 1966 when she retired from full time work and now helps out on a part time basis. Becoming a Director in Airdrie United was a dream come true and she has now become an expert in catering for the team on their away games


Veronica MacGregor – Fans Representative

Veronica was elected by the supporters to be their 'Fans Rep'. A diamonds diehard for thirty years, thanks to her husband Jim, Veronica believes Airdrie United have set the pace for other clubs by having a supporter on the board from the outset. She would like to see more women getting involved in football, and would love to see at least one of her four grandsons playing in an Airdrie strip one day. 







Ann Marie Ballantyne - Director and Company Secretary

Ann Marie is a partner in JR Management Consultants, working in the financial sector in conjunction with Ballantyne & Co for over 20 years. Ann Marie was a lifelong Airdrieonians fan and has visited every ground in Scotland . Her role in the club will be that of Company Secretary, taking control of all day-to-day admin duties, as well as a focus on sales revenues - season tickets, sponsorship, hospitality, merchandise, etc.



John Ballantyne - Director

John qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1958 and became a Fellow in 1963.  He established the business of Ballantyne and Company in 1964 and was sole Partner until 1989, when Jim and one other became Partners in the firm.  John retired in 1996 but is still involved with the firm on a Consultancy basis.  He was the Scottish Branch President in the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts in 1980/81. He has been an ardent Airdrie supporter since 1953 when he met Rose and is delighted to be playing an active role as Director in Airdrie United.

 




Gavin W. Speirs - Director

Gavin is the youngest member of the board, and another lifelong Airdrieonians fan. Gavin was club mascot away to Sparta Prague in 1992, and sponsored John Martin's kit for 12 years! Gavin graduated in summer 2003 from the University of Glasgow , with a MA (Hons) Management Studies. Gavin hopes to use one of his university course specialisms, marketing, to attract and retain new supporters to Airdrie United FC, and in particular represent the expectations and interests of the younger fans.



Ian McMillan - Honorary President

'The wee Prime Minister' has lived every Airdrie boy's dream, when his sublime talents were recognised by the international selection committee and Ian fulfilled a lifetime ambition by playing for his country. His sportsmanship, in tandem with his skills, made him an extremely popular Airdrieonians player. He is still very well respected by everyone in football and will be a great asset to the future of Airdrie United Football Club, in terms of linking the future of the new Airdrie FC to the history of the football town.

                     

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