Dunfermline Athletic

Interim Board

Wednesday, 16th Oct 2013

Pars United has appointed an "interim" board of directors to the Club until the end of the 2013/14 season.

Pars United has appointed an "interim" board of directors to the Club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Their immediate objective is to secure the future of the Club. The board is as follows:

Bob Garmory

Chairman/Spokesman including Stadium and Match Day Matters

Bob graduated as an Industrial Chemist in 1975 whilst working in Kirkcaldy for Nairn, where he spent the next 25 years in a variety of senior roles culminating as International Sales Director.

 In 2000 he joined the Purvis Group (DAFC's shirt sponsor for the last 10 years), as a senior manager responsible for new business development. 

In addition, for almost 20 years he has been a visiting tutor at the Leadership Trust based in Ross on Wye, one of the world's premier Leadership training organisations and is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at Carnegie College.


Ian Hunter

Legal & Financial Matters

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. After a brief period working for HM Revenue & Customs, Ian joined the Edinburgh office of Arthur Young McClelland Moores & Co (now Ernst & Young LLP) in 1976. 

He became a partner in the firm in May 1986. He retired as a partner in June 2011 and continued as a consultant to the firm until June 2012. During his career, he provided advice to many personal tax clients, investment funds and asset management businesses.

He has worked on a considerable number of corporate start ups and corporate transactions.

Jim Leishman

Fund Raising & Community Matters

Jim needs no introduction, and is synonymous with Dunfermline Athletic Football Club. Dubbed "Mr Dunfermline", he signed for the Club as a player on 3rd June 1971 and made 87 appearances for DAFC, before an injury effectively ended his playing career prematurely. He returned to manage DAFC very successfully between October 1983 and June 1990, and then again between May 2005 and October 2006, with both spells providing many generations of Pars fans with some outstanding memories. When Jim bowed out of football management for the last time, he had managed the Pars for 362 first team games, which is the greatest number of games for any manager in the Club's history.

He became a director of DAFC in August 2003, until he resigned from the board in October 2012. In June 2007, Jim was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to sport, and his influence and strength of conviction was recognised by the voters of West Fife when he also took up a political career and was elected as Councillor for Dunfermline Central Ward in the local government elections of 2012.

Following his election to Fife Council, he became Provost of Fife in May 2012.


Kip McBay

Commercial Matters including Shop, Hospitality and Advertising

Kip graduated from Edinburgh Univesity (MA Hons) in 1973. After working in various positions in the music industry, Kip started Sound Control in 1980, creating a chain of retail music outlets with a turnover in excess of £20 million, before selling his share in 2002.

He subsequently set up another business, Guitar Guitar, in 2004, which is the largest guitar retailer in the UK. Kip joined the board of DAFC in May 2011, before resigning in October 2012.

Kip McBay

Craig McWhirter

Responsible for Football Matters

Craig graduated with a joint degree in Computing Science and Accountancy in 1984. He went on to work as a software engineer in the payment systems industry before co-founding BitWise, a software development company, in 1987. The company now employs over 80 people in 4 countries.

As a result of the relegation of DAFC from the SPL, there was a possible threat to the Youth programme. In 2007, Craig agreed to take on the responsibility for administering, supporting and developing the Youth programme on an informal basis. This relationship was formalised in 2009 when Craig joined the main Board as Director of Youth Development, in 2009.

Stephen Wright was appointed as Head of Youth in 2010 and the programme, under their guidance, and the administrative and financial support of BitWise, has gone from strength to strength.

The Youth programme was spun out in 2011 into a 100% subsidiary company of DAFC, Black & White (Dunfermline) Ltd. In the first year of operation Black & White also had responsibility for the Under 19's but with the introduction of the SPL Under 20's programme, and DAFC's invited participation, the "pathway" team is now managed and funded by the main Club.

During 2012, Craig undertook a wider responsibility on the football side and became the primary main Board interface for all football matters. However, as a result of the issues within the Club, Craig left the main Board in October 2012, but remained with Black & White.

Craig McWhirter

Margaret Ross

Fans' Representative

Margaret's career since returning from family time in California in the 1980s has been as a Managing Consultant in a multinational company working with many major telecoms companies throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East. 

As well as individual consultancy work, she managed a large team of Business and Technical Consultants in the UK, and over the last 10 years was instrumental in building up a successful Consultancy Team drawn from many countries in Eastern Europe.

In 2004 when the concept of supporters' trusts was emerging in the UK, Margaret registered the Pars Supporters' Trust (PST) and recruited a group of Founder Members to help finance the set-up of PST as a co-operative company, registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act.

 Since 2004 Margaret has been the Chairman of the PST, a group who have over the years given a great deal of financial and operational support to Dunfermline Athletic.

The responsibilities of the General Manager will be shared by Ross McArthur and David McMorrine, both of whom are Patrons of the Club.

Ross has been the driving force behind Pars United and will continue to be responsible for the development of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club as a community club, in terms of marketing, fund raising and engaging with supporters.

David has been serving as General Manager during the last few weeks of the administration and will now accept full responsibility for the day to day management of the Club, for financial systems and for budgeting. All of the above people will continue to offer their time and not be paid for their services.

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