Dunfermline Athletic

Board changes at EEP

Date: Wednesday, 26th Nov 2003

A number of changes have now taken place to the Board of Directors at DAFC with three new directors joining the board and two existing directors are retiring.

Commenting on the changes, John Yorkston, Chairman of DAFC – expressed his pleasure at the new appointments and also his thanks to departing directors.

“The Board hasn’t changed to any great extent for some time now and to get some new blood on the board has to be seen as another positive step forward for DAFC – our new directors are bringing with them new investment and a great range of expertise and I am sure that we will benefit from their experiences.”

Joining the board are David McIntyre, a local businessman with business interests in the West of Scotland, Shetland and Canada and is also a director of the Event Company Ltd the international youth soccer development company who run events such as the Ian Rush tournament and the Glasgow City Cup – David was born in Rosyth and has been a Pars fan since his youth.

Rodney Shearer also joins the board, Rodney moved to Rosyth at the age of 2 and has watched DAFC since he was a small boy – in fact his first memory was the 1965 Cup final which DAFC lost to Celtic and midweek matches under floodlights. Rodney is Managing Director and founding director of the largest container tree nursery in the UK supplying the forestry and landscape industry, he also holds two further directorships with East Lothian Investments and Haddington Community Development. In his spare time Rodney is also an avid collector of DAFC memorabilia and has been a key figure behind the setting up of the Pars Supporters Trust.

Ed Smyth was born and brought up in Dunfermline and went to Queen Ann High School, Dunfermline. A keen footballer (he first stood on the terrace as a 7 year old and has supported Dunfermline all of his life), he played in Fife and the East of Scotland where his contemporaries included Jim Leishman. After graduating, he rose very quickly through the ranks and became one of Scotland`s leading corporate businessmen. More recently he sold his business Alba to Stiell in 2000 and the new group was sold last year to McAlpine plc. He is a personal friend of Gavin Masterton.

Two directors are resigning their posts from their Board.

Graham Thomson, who joined the Board in August 1999 invested substantially at that time to help the Pars gain promotion once again to the Premier League. Graham has decided that after four years working with DAFC and seeing their position consolidated within the top six of the Premier League that he has done his bit to help revive the Pars Fortunes. Graham has not sold his shares within DAFC and has left his money in the Club. Graham has vowed to carry on supporting the Pars and wishes the new directors, management and staff well.

Roy Woodrow joined the Board in 1986 and of course was chairman from 1991 to 1999, during which time the club reached fifth place in the then premier division and also managed two league cup semi-finals.

Roy has decided that with over seventeen years of being heavily involved with DAFC and now spending additional time overseas it is time for him to retire his presence from the board.

John Yorkston commenting on the two resignations from the Board “I am very grateful for all the hard work Roy Woodrow has put in over the years through his work on the board and as a previous chairman – he pushed the club through cup semi finals and to a great level in the then premiership – his valuable contribution to the club over the years cannot be overlooked. Graham Thomson although having not been with us for as long a period as Roy – assisted us at a time when we needed it the most and certainly the size of investment he brought to the club cannot be overlooked. I am grateful to both directors for all their hard work and wish them well with their future projects.

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