Falkirk Football Club is delighted to announce the co-option of three new non-executive directors as part of a major shake-up of the board.
Gary Deans, Peter Duncan and Kevin Beattie have agreed to join the board to support the business through this period of transition as well as to provide scrutiny and guidance on new ownership bids. All three are long-time Falkirk supporters and each will bring a different dimension to the board. Gary brings professional expertise in business development and finance, Peter brings his experience of running a large successful local company, and Kevin is a fan with experience of our community work. (See below for more details on Gary, Peter and Kevin.)
The club remains open to interest from others who believe that they could make a contribution to the board.
As members of the board, the new directors will have a role to play in deciding the future of the club. Two formal bids are under consideration and a Back the Bairns proposal remains on the table. The two third party bids have major strengths in terms of people, finance and football connections while a supporters’ initiative would retain the club wholly in local hands. If it were simply a matter of accepting the highest bid, decisions would be much simpler; with the long-term future of the club at stake, it would be wrong to make a hasty decision.
The current board is aware that supporters hold them culpable for relegation to League One. However, the desire for a complete change of board directors must be balanced by the immediate need to run the business. Since the departure of CEO, Craig Campbell, and Margaret Lang’s resignation as Chairman, Kieran Koszary has assumed additional management roles and Lex Miller and Andy Thomson have taken responsibility for football and finance respectively.
The new directors will bring a fresh outlook and new ideas. They will be involved in reviewing the proposals for the future of the club as well as providing support and guidance on day to day operations. The transition to new ownership will probably take three to four months and in that time much has to be done.
The club is making progress in its plans for the new season with many new signings. This period of transition must not get in the way of our building a team for promotion. We would like to thank you for your continued support and ask you to give your backing to the new board members.
Gary is an experienced business adviser who has been working with privately-owned businesses for over 30 years. Gary, a Chartered Accountant, has worked with major accountancy firms and was a partner with KPMG for 14 years before leaving in 2016. He co-founded Strathblair and works with a number of businesses, joining their management teams and working on all aspects of growth. He was born and raised in Falkirk and has been a regular at Bairns matches for approaching 50 years.
Kevin has been a season ticket holder since 1977. Over the last decade, he has coached various FFC community teams and gained his level 3 coaching certificate. During this period, he assisted the Academy operating as a scout to help identify local potential to feed into our programmes. More recently he has been active in the Bairn for Life scheme raising funds to support player recruitment. He is employed as a Project Manager at the PetroIneos Refinery in Grangemouth and is a past chairman of the Falkirk Round Table.
Peter is a very successful local businessman, and a club season ticket holder and sponsor. He was born in Falkirk and after working as a coach builder for Alexander’s, he moved into the early North Sea oil platform industry. He set up own business in 1978 and sold that to an Italian company Allied International in 2004 and continued as Managing Director until retiring in 2016. Peter has a BA Degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Development and has supported many Falkirk Council initiatives on recruitment and employment.
On behalf of the board.