DAFC Board of Directors
Ross McArthur (Chairman)Ross graduated with an honours degree in Business Studies and Marketing in 1988. He has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years, in a number of advisory, supervisory and regulatory roles including working for FSA for 4 years.
He co-founded threesixty Services LLP in 2003, which became one of the UK’s leading financial support services companies, before being sold to Standard Life in 2010.
Billy Braisby (Vice-Chairman)Billy is a Director of Braisby Roofing Ltd and SlateShack and also a founding Trustee of the Mary Leishman Foundation.
He has overseen strategic growth and change within Braisby Roofing Ltd over a near 40 year business career and the company is positioned as one of the country’s largest and most respected roofing contractors.
Braisby Roofing Ltd were the clubs first ever shirt sponsors from 1981 through to 1983.
He has been an avid follower of the club since his early years and his appointment to the board of Directors is an extremely proud moment. He is relishing adding his business and personal experiences to his role and help with the further development of DAFC.
Billy is a former Chairman of the Centenary Club and he follows in his father’s footsteps joining the main board of DAFC. Billy’s father Bill Braisby was a Director and Vice Chairman of the club from 1982-1990.
Jim Leishman MBEJim needs no introduction, and is synonymous with Dunfermline Athletic Football Club. Dubbed “Mr Dunfermline”, he signed for the Club as a player on 3rd June 1971 and made 87 appearances for DAFC, before an injury effectively ended his playing career prematurely. He returned to manage DAFC very successfully between October 1983 and June 1990, and then again between May 2005 and October 2006, with both spells providing many generations of Pars fans with some outstanding memories. When Jim bowed out of football management for the last time, he had managed the Pars for 362 first team games, which is the greatest number of games for any manager in the Club’s history.
He was previously a director of DAFC in August 2003, until he resigned from the board in October 2012. In June 2007, Jim was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to sport, and his influence and strength of conviction was recognised by the voters of West Fife when he also took up a political career and was elected as Councillor for Dunfermline Central Ward in the local government elections of 2012. Following his election to Fife Council, he became Provost of Fife in May 2012. Jim was re-elected to the DAFC Board in October 2013.
Ian HunterIan is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. After a brief period working for HM Revenue & Customs, Ian joined the Edinburgh office of Arthur Young McClelland Moores & Co (now Ernst & Young LLP) in 1976. He became a partner in the firm in May 1986.
He retired as a partner in June 2011 and continued as a consultant to the firm until June 2012. During his career, he provided advice to many personal tax clients, investment funds and asset management businesses. He has worked on a considerable number of corporate start ups and corporate transactions.
Bob GarmoryBob graduated as an Industrial Chemist in 1975 whilst working in Kirkcaldy for Nairn, where he spent the next 25 years in a variety of senior roles culminating as International Sales Director. In 2000 he joined the Purvis Group (DAFC’s shirt sponsor for the last 10 years), as a senior manager responsible for new business development. In addition, for almost 20 years he has been a visiting tutor at the Leadership Trust based in Ross on Wye, one of the world’s premier Leadership training organisations.
Kip McBayKip graduated from Edinburgh Univesity (MA Hons) in 1973. After working in various positions in the music industry, Kip started Sound Control in 1980, creating a chain of retail music outlets with a turnover in excess of £20 million, before selling his share in 2002. He subsequently set up another business, Guitar Guitar, in 2004, which is the largest guitar retailer in the UK. Kip was previously on the board of DAFC between May 2011 and October 2012.Kip was re-elected to the DAFC Board in October 2013.
Drew MainDrew works as a mechanical design engineer specialising in product design. His clients include multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and NCR. Drew lives locally with his family and has been a Pars fan since relocating to Dunfermline in the mid 80’s, following the team home and away. He has been on the Board of the Pars Supporters’ Trust for a number of years and was appointed Vice-Chair in 2013 before stepping up as Chair at the start of 2017.