Who Are We?
The Partick Thistle ‘Working Group’ was an evolutionary process that, through collaboration with 3BC and fan engagement, resulted in the formation of The Jags Foundation.
At this stage, The Jags Foundation exists in a manner which allows it to operate, but further work is necessary to provide the fuller details to reflect how we as Jags fans would like to see that operate.
The initial Board of Directors will be made up from those who have been involved in the Partick Thistle Working Group, as below.
Gavin Taylor (Chairman)
Gavin is a lifelong Thistle fan, following in the footsteps of a long family tradition. Gavin’s Great Grandfather was a Director of Partick Thistle 100 years ago when they moved from Meadowside to Firhill. The tradition carries on with his children and grandchildren, all of whom have been brought up as passionate Jags supporters
Gavin is the Managing Director of Glasgow based Building Contractors, Contract Building Services (Scotland) Ltd, who have been an active sponsor of Partick Thistle over the last ten years and continue to provide support to the club.
Gavin has been involved as a member of the working group since its inception and is the current Chairman of the group, undertaking this role on the Board of Directors of the Jags Foundation
Allan Heron (Secretary)
Allan has followed the Jags since 1968 when one of his BB leaders was on the subs bench. John Ross only made a few appearances for Thistle, but Allan's been stuck with them ever since.
Now retired, Allan was an IT Release Manager/Project Manager for a global leader in financial services. He is also a former secretary of The Jags Trust and has long championed community ownership as the way forward for football clubs, and Partick Thistle in particular.
Allan has acted as secretary to the Working Group since its formation, and continues this role on the Board of Directors of The Jags Foundation.
Caroline has been a Partick Thistle fan since she met her husband, David, and moved to Scotland 20 years ago.
She is a director of their family owned electrical contractors, M A S Electrical & Security Systems. M A S have been player sponsors of the men’s team for many years and more recently become the main shirt sponsors for Partick Thistle women’s FC, where Caroline is also a committee member.
Caroline was also instrumental in creating the gofundme campaign, “Help the Jags”, which was started to raise funds for the club during the current pandemic and to date has raised in excess of £60,000.
Sandy has been a fan of the club for many years, having been a season ticket holder, attending hospitality, writing match reports for old websites, and even playing briefly (and badly!) for Sparta Jag. Sandy’s wife and daughter are also season ticket holders, and so matchdays are now generally a family affair.
Sandy is a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in Perth with clients throughout the UK, where he is often engaged in due diligence and assisting from both sides of company sale or purchase transactions.
Sandy strongly believes in fan ownership and has given the Working Group the benefit of his professional business skill and expertise since its formation, spearheading the initial fan engagement sessions and continuing on the Board of Directors of the Jags Foundation
Andrew became a Thistle season ticket holder when he was 9 years old and has never looked back. Although times have changed a great deal as at that time, The Jags had a strike force of Mo Johnstone and Kenny McDowell.
Andrew worked in various Management roles for Asda over 18 years and left in 2014 to forge a completely new career as a Financial Adviser, where he currently works for Lifetime Finance Group. In the past he was one of the early FFIT team (Football Fans in Training) where he forged some great friendships and he also has appeared for a number of years on the popular unofficial podcast – The Jagscast.
Andrew passionately believes that this is a once in a lifetime chance for our club and with the right leadership and vision The Jags Foundation will add great value, not only to the Football Club, but create a real sense of community for fans and local business.
Stewart has been a Thistle fan for some time; he still has a programme from the centenary year of 1976 signed by Alan Rough. Stuart doesn’t go to as many games due to his involvement in his other sporting activities – he is a keen golfer and ardent hockey player – but he does get along when he can.
Stewart is a partner in a law firm Rennie McInnes LLP. A lawyer with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in corporate and insolvency law, Stuart has a wealth of knowledge and relevant football experience. In 2005 he acted for a group of investors who formed a consortium with the Clyde Development Trust to buy out the majority shareholding of the then chair, Billy Mackenzie and to clear Clyde FC debts using a CVA and is familiar with the structure of fan ownership.
Stewart has been involved in the Working Group since its inception and has been instrumental in the formation of the Jags Foundation where he continues on the Board of Directors.
Stuart has been a Thistle fan for just over 50 years, his first game being a 4-0 friendly win over Queen of the South in January 1970, and his first season being the club's first ever relegation from the top division. Just in time for 1971. Stuart has seen every one of the club's relegations, and most of its trophies!
Stuart is CEO of St. Andrew's First Aid, which of course is best known for supplying volunteers to support the safety of fans at grounds across Scotland including Firhill. Stuart has been a senior charity manager for more than 20 years, previously in regeneration, and before that qualified as an accountant and worked for the National Audit Office in Edinburgh and London.
Stuart has spent more time than he cares to remember on boards and committees of all kinds and had sworn never to do it again - but Partick Thistle is the exception.
Tom has been a Thistle fan since being taken to Firhill for the first time by his father and brother on Christmas Eve 1977. Thistle won 4-1 that day, with Alex O’Hara scoring a hat-trick. Tom left Firhill that evening believing that Thistle games would always be like that. His next game the following month, a 2-0 defeat at Clydebank quickly showed otherwise.
Between the years 1992 and 2014 Tom was the editor of the Thistle matchday programme. Initially as a co-editor but from 1998 onwards as sole editor. Latterly that role extended to website and social media editor. During those years Tom also co-authored the ‘ Partick Thistle Legends’ book.
Tom hung up his programme editor’s pen at the end of the 2013-2014 season after 480 Thistle programmes but he can still be found in the Firhill press box as part of the Club’s media team as well as covering the Partick Thistle Women’s team.
Away from football, Tom works for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and when not working or watching Thistle can usually be found indulging in his obsession with the music and the life of The Beatles
Our Corporate Structure
Kilmardinny 71 Limited t/a The Jags Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in Scotland with Registration Number SC682546 and having its Registered Office at Douglas House 42 Main Street, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 6BU