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The Board of Directors

The Club is run by a three man Board of Directors:

Steve BrownSteve Brown (Chairman)

One of former long-serving Chairman Geoff Brown’s three sons, Steve is a time served electrician who formed his own electrical company which carried out work for the family construction company as well as work for a wide range of other clients.

Steve is Managing Director of GS Brown Construction and was appointed to the St Johnstone Board of Directors in 2004.

In April 2011, Steve was elected onto the Board of the Scottish Premier League - a position he held until July 2012 - and then in November 2011, when Geoff Brown stepped down, Steve was appointed Chairman of the club.

A life-long Saints fan Steve is also a well-travelled member of the Tartan Army.

Stan HarrisStan Harris (Director)

Born and brought up in Perth, Stan is a life-long Saints fan and is reliably informed that his first game was as a three year old at Brockville watching Saints beat Falkirk

His favourite Saints moment was at McDiarmid Park when we played Airdrie in basking sunshine at the end of spring in 1990 on our way to clinching promotion.

Stan says, “Everything about that day was just right. There have been bigger days such as our first foray into Europe and our more recent European journeys as well, and I suppose you could say drawing 3-3 with Monaco at McDiarmid was another memorable occasion but the Airdrie game just pips it for me in terms of excitement and entertainment.”

It was in April 2006 that former Chairman Geoff Brown invited Stan onto the Board of Directors. As well as other business interests in Scotland, Stan is also Managing Director with Linde Material Handling East and Linde Material Handling Scotland, splitting his time between Scotland and London. Linde are the largest manufacturers of Fork Lift Trucks in Europe.

Charlie FraserCharlie Fraser (Director)

The club's newest Director, Charlie was appointed in September 2011 and the move by former Chairman Geoff Brown completed the transition from boyhood supporter to Board member for the 49 year old.

A partner in Aberdein Considine solicitors in the Fair City’s Charlotte Street, Charlie moved to the area when he was just five years old and took up residence in St Madoes and it was over the years in the Carse of Gowrie village that he got to know Geoff Brown and his son Steve – current Chairman of the club.

“I came through St Madoes Primary School and Perth High School knowing Steve  and in these days St .Madoes was a relatively small village” says Charlie.

“I have always been involved in playing football- through School and in Under 16s and Under 18s.   I also played Amateur until I was 41 and still play 5s twice a week and remain passionate about the game.”

His desire to study and then move into law took Charlie up to Aberdeen for 22 years but in 2002 he returned to Perth to set up his solicitors business but from those early days his footballing heart lay with St Johnstone.

Charlie continued: “My dad first took me to Muirton Park in season 1969/70 so it was very much the golden era of Willie Ormond.  I loved Muirton and followed the team regularly but obviously my spectating habits were curtailed a bit once I moved to Aberdeen.  However, I watched them as often as I could and certainly made sure that I didn’t miss out on the landmark games – the last game at Muirton, the official opening of McDiarmid Park against Manchester United and the game in Monaco.

"Like many Saints fans, I remember with fondness those early days at the new stadium: the 3-1 win over Airdrieonians and the 5-0 win over Aberdeen - I was with the match sponsor, pal Gus Stewart that day and some guests were predominantly Dons fans so I thoroughly enjoyed the trip back North, I can tell you!”

The new man’s recent involvement with the club has come by way of the St Johnstone FC Business Club – the successful organization which brings together members of the local business community for the benefit of its members and the football club.


Senior Executives



David RitchieDavid Ritchie (Senior Executive - voluntary position)


David has extensive experience within the financial services sector having performed a number of managerial roles including relationship banking, internal audit, business change and, currently, risk management. At the same time, he achieved a Master of Business Administration degree through the University of Edinburgh in 2011 to add to his banking and internal audit professional qualifications.

Since attending his first game at Muirton Park in 1975 with his father, who later formed part of Geoff Brown's new Board in 1986, David has been a self-confessed St Johnstone fanatic. David is proud and privileged to be associated with St Johnstone, and committed to assisting the club progress even further.







Peter LoudonPeter Loudon (Senior Executive - voluntary position)

Peter is a life long Saints fan and belongs to a well know Perth sporting family. His grandfather, Peter Gavigan, played outside right for St Johnstone during the 1920's and Peter has fond memories of going along with him to Muirton Park as a youngster.

A former World and European Curling Champion Peter competed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has also coached at the highest level and played a key role in organising major curling events.

Peter's working life has taken him from Perth to Glasgow and Edinburgh and he continues to work in the Financial Services sector currently with Tesco Bank. Peter aims to use the skills, knowledge and experience he has gained throughout his business and sporting life to help advance the clubs ambitions now and into the future.



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Other key personnel

 

St Johnstone Violet BellViolet Bell
Accountant

Violet joined the club in 1997 and her main responsibility is the club accounts.  However, like the other girls in the Ticket office, the club's Super Saints Lotto and the various aspect of football ticketing come under her remit.

Karin FergusonKarin Ferguson
Personal Assistant

Karin has been with the club since 1994 and works closely with Chairman Steve Brown with regards to the day to day running of the club.

St Johnstone Carol Malcolm

Carol Malcolm
Ticket Office Administrator

Carol joined the club in 1997 and assists Violet with certain aspects of the club's accounting system, together with the paperwork for the Super Saints Lotto and football ticketing

Yvonne RoseYvonne Rose
Payroll & Ticket Administrator

Yvonne joined Saints in 2007 and is in charge of the club's payroll activities.  However, as with everything at McDiarmid Park, it is very much a team effort in the Ticket Office, and Yvonne has regular involvment with aspects of the Super Saints Weekly Lotto and football ticketing.

St Johnstone Groundsman Chris SmithChris Smith
Head Groundsman

The McDiarmid Park playing surface is one of the largest in Scottish football and Chris is responsible for maintaining that surface together with other training areas used by the club.

Of course, there is a whole lot more to Chris's job than just tending the pitch. Chris, who joined in the club in 2004 from Gleneagles Golf Course, is responsible for looking after a couple of the Club’s training surfaces together with the huge amount of maintenance that is required in a well-used seven day a week stadium operation.

Paul SmithPaul Smith
Football Administrator

Paul has been involved with the Club since 1984 and in a voluntary capacity held a variety of roles including programme editor, club shop manager and archivist.

Paul ended a 22 year association with Royal Mail to join Saints on a full-time basis in April 2004 and after initially looking after the conference and events side of the club's operation, moved onto a role as Commercial Manager. Nowadays, his role involves the administration of all aspects of club's football operation from first team through to youth initiative and other match day administration.

St Johnstone Dougie TaitDougie Tait
Buyer & Auditor

Following retirement from the Royal Bank of Scotland after 35 years of service Dougie joined Saints on a part-time basis in 1999 and is reponsible for a number of important elements of the club's administration, notably procurement.

A former junior footballer Dougie recalls the team of the 'Ormond era' with particular fondness.

 


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