At last night’s Executive Board Meeting it was unanimously agreed to appoint Stuart Brown as Chairman of Stirling Albion, in recognition of his enormous contribution to the Club in the three years since taking over as Operations Director.
The Club has operated without the formal title of Chairman since the outset of fans’ ownership but, to all intents and purposes, the Operations Director has fulfilled this role in everything but name and this move brings Stirling Albion into line with the other 41 clubs in the SPFL.
Aside from being the named Chairman there will be no visible change, with Stuart continuing in his role as, and retaining the title of, Operations Director.
In his three years to date, Stuart has worked tirelessly (and successfully) to progress the Club in all aspects of our business. Within the Executive Board itself, his appointment of a Finance Director (Alan Christie) and a Commercial Director (John Hunter) has provided structure, direction, clarity and transparency to these vitally important volunteer roles that were previously undertaken by paid personnel.
With regards to finances themselves, the Club has never been in a more stable position, which has been progressively improved throughout the three years since Stuart and the revamped Board took over.
Stuart was the driving force behind setting up the Pay As You Play and Works in Kind agreements with Stirling Council & Active Stirling – both of which have contributed enormously to the short, medium and longer-term stability of the Club’s finances.
His vision and determination to appoint a full-time Community Engagement Manager when the post was sustainable in the long term was realised when Andy Todd was brought on board almost exactly a year ago and, with the assistance of Sandy Cunningham, our Modern Apprentice, our community involvement is going from strength to strength.
Andy is here to stay and we will be appointing our second Modern Apprentice, to replace Sandy at the end of his 12-month contract in August.
Stuart’s wife, Aileen, knows better than anyone the personal sacrifices he has made during the three years and last season, rather than continue in her role as a football widow, she joined forces with him and spends many a happy hour behind the scenes during the week and at every home game.
Stuart said: “I take great pride in accepting the offer to be the first Chairman since the advent of fans’ ownership. It is an honour and a privilege to follow in the footsteps of our former Chairman, Peter McKenzie, although I openly acknowledge I will never truly fill his shoes.
“There have been many, many occasions during the three years when I’ve doubted myself but I’ve never once thought of throwing in the towel and a fortnight ago, everything I (and my Board colleagues) have worked so hard to achieve, off the field, became worthwhile.
“Aside from that derived from my family, I haven’t felt as much joy or experienced such elation as I felt when the full-time whistle was blown at Bayview and our first promotion was achieved.
“Whilst success on the field is hugely important, I will never waver from the belief that the Executive Board’s primary function is to run a successful business. If we get that right off the park, Greig, Marc and the players will have the best possible chance of success on it.
“I look forward to the future, safe in the knowledge that, thanks to having the right people around me, the future of Stirling Albion is in good hands.”