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.

Directors

Sandy Fyfe (Chair and Negotiations sub-group lead)

Our Chair Sandy is a Chartered Accountant in a general practice firm based in Perth, with clients throughout the UK. He has a specialist qualification in charity accounting, and deals with audit, taxation, general business advice, and corporate finance transactions including advising on sales and purchases of businesses.

He’s followed Thistle for as long as he can recall, home and away. Sandy currently sits in the John Lambie Stand for home games with his wife and/or daughter, as they are all season ticket holders. They’ve made many good friends through supporting the club over the years.

Away from the office, and terraces, Sandy plays golf to a variable standard, and still puts on the whites to turn out now and again on a cricket pitch. This becomes more occasional with each passing year. He is also a keen supporter of the arts generally, and music specifically.

Sandy passionately believes in fan ownership and wants us to make the most of the opportunity we have been given. Alignment among supporters comes first, then supporters and the boardroom, and ultimately we can have the whole club united and pulling in the same direction for the common goal of a successful Partick Thistle. He wants his daughter to experience that!

Graeme Cowie (Secretary)

Having grown-up in Aberdeen, Graeme knows well the challenges of following Thistle from afar. Trips to Banff and Perth didn’t put him off, and he became a season ticket holder while living in Glasgow for University. He’s a previous Nomads Show host, Jagscast panellist and Jags Trust board member. Now London-based, where he works for Parliament as a constitution specialist, he frequently bemoans that English football “just isn’t the same”.

Graeme’s day job gives him plenty experience explaining complex and sensitive issues in clear and balanced ways. He is also “a bit of a nerd” and detail-orientated, so we made him our Secretary.

Andrew Holloway (Treasurer)

Andrew has been a Thistle fan since 1995, introduced by his dad, and now attends when he can with three generations of the family! He’s delighted to be elected to the Board of TJF, and passionately believes that through the successful transition to fan ownership, we can deliver a legacy football club that we can all be proud of.

By trade, Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, with significant advisory experience. Outside of that, he has a young family, and when he’s not busy with them, he’s a keen runner!

Allan McGraw (Recruitment Strategy Lead)

Allan has been a Jags fan for over 50 years. Perhaps his first match, an 8-1 defeat by Celtic in 1969, should have been a warning of things to come, however his attendance at the 1971 League Cup Final put all that to the back of his mind, this is surely how it would be from now on!

Now retired, Allan, a Chartered Engineer, spent over 30 years in the Water Industry managing the delivery of water infrastructure projects and leading various organisational change projects.

He is committed to Colin Weirs wishes for fan ownership and delivering this successfully for present and future generations of Jags fans.

Heather Iona Holloway (Social Media Lead)

Heather’s first Thistle game was in 1997, aged 3 months old and she has never looked back. She attends home and away games regularly with family and friends and has recently enjoyed introducing her young nieces to Firhill. Heather is a primary school teacher, originally teaching in the highlands, before moving back to the central belt of Scotland. As well as teaching, she is a boarding tutor and qualified hockey coach, leading her team to an unbeaten season (hard to imagine as a Jags fan).

Heather believes that The Jags Foundation provides the best opportunity to attain fan ownership for not just the here and now supporters, but for the next generations of Thistle fans.

Gary Tanner (Governance Officer)

Gary is a lifelong Thistle fan and has been a regular at Firhill since Bertie Auld’s first stint as manager in the mid-1970s. He believes that the Jags Foundation can work effectively with the PTFC Board and 3BC, towards increasing the role that fans can play in supporting and developing our club.

By profession, Gary is a Consultant Psychologist and worked in the NHS since the 1990s. He has recently retired, having been the Director of Psychological Services for NHS Lanarkshire since 2012. Gary has a wealth of knowledge and experience in organisational and professional governance, and sits on regulatory Fitness to Practice Tribunals for nurses, midwives, and other health and care professionals. He is a also a member of the Management Board of the Richmond Fellowship Trust Scotland.

Ian Mackinnon

Ian Mackinnon (Events and Communications Lead)

Having been a season ticket holder for over 20 years, with a particular love for the away days, it was maybe inevitable that Ian would get involved behind the scenes at some point. He was involved with the onethistle volunteer group during the magnificent 2012/13 season. That group was created purely to get more people through the gate for selected matches that season, and suggested that the John Lambie stand be transformed in to the singing section for the home support.

Circumstances mean that Ian can now commit the time required to help the club that has given him and thousands of others so much over the years, beyond simply attending matches. With a background in events management, Ian sees this as an area where he can assist TJF in growing and engaging the membership.

A lot of our lives are online these days but in-person events are still vitally important to an organisation like TJF. We will be looking to find the right balance between formal and informal events, and encouraging members to get together as often as possible. This is a unique moment in PTFC’s history, as the fans have never had a better opportunity to shape the future of the club. Ian feels honoured and humbled that the members have allowed him to be a part of that.

Stuart Callison (Engagement sub-group lead)

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.

Stuart Goldie (Nomads Liaison Lead)

Stuart has been attending Firhill for nearly 40 years since the age of 8 from the Benny Rooney era. His dad decided he was old enough to sign up for a lifetime of hope with a splattering of success, just like his father introduced him to Firhill in the 40s. Stuart’s grandfather had been attending since not long after Firhill was actually built. These days Stuart is a Nomad since (having moved to Norway) but being away from Glasgow does not make being a Jags fan any easier.

Stuart comes from an engineering background serving his time at Rolls-Royce, where he was also a serving shop steward and active member of the STUC council. He then continued his career in Stavanger in aviation, before swapping to Oil and Gas and exchanged his tools for a management role.

It’s Stuart’s firm belief that our fanbase have the skills, the passion, and the desire to have a fan ownership model not only to be proud of but for others to be envious of

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 6 Atholl Crescent, Perth, Scotland, PH1 5JN

Our Club, Our Future, Our Hands