ArabTRUST Board Members

ArabTRUST Associate Director – Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart with Stephen Thompson

Colin has been a member of ArabTRUST since 2003 and was voted on to the Board in November 2005.

In September 2011 he was elected Associate Director and formally accepted by United the following November.

Much of his remit revolves around developing long term community coaching initiatives. Colin is especially active on behalf of the United Youth Academy at St.Johns RC High School, Dundee.

Colin is married with two children and is Principal Teacher of Music at St John's RC High School, Dundee.

associatedirector@arabtrust.co.uk

 

ArabTRUST Chairman – Steven Hughes

Colin Stewart with Steven Hughes

Steven's first ever game was a reserve derby at Dens in 1978. Not surprisingly, United won and he was hooked.

First team football and a United season ticket soon followed, with Steven believing that it was his introduction that led to the trophy duck being broken!

Other than the pleasure of seeing United win umpteen trophies and beating the best in Europe, Steven's proudest United moment was on 20th February 1982 when he led the team out as mascot against Rangers.

Steven has worked in the financial services sector for most of his career.

He is currently based in Edinburgh working for a major bank. He was appointed Secretary of ArabTRUST in May 2011 and then Chairman in September 2012.

Steven is in a mixed football marriage, as his wife is a Hibernian season ticket holder!
Being a considerate husband, he constantly reminds her that only one of them has seen their team win the Scottish Cup!

chairman@arabtrust.co.uk
Twitter: @SJHughes83

 

Dave Mulholland

Dave Mulholland

David attended his first United match at the tender age of 6. He followed in the footsteps of his late father who was a diehard Arab who ensured his sons were regulars at Tannadice.

He has many fond memories of some great games involving United both at home and away. He remembers the first game against Barcelona at home when he and several hundred others managed to sneak in when the stewards opened the gates due to overcrowding in the street outside.

David joined the army at 16 but this did not stop him from returning to Dundee at every opportunity to see his beloved team.

He had many a cross word with his wife when he was explaining how important it was for him to fly from Cyprus (at a cost of several hundred pounds) to see United play in both the Scottish Cup final and the UEFA Cup final in the same week!

David has now returned to his native Dundee having served for 31 years in the regular army. He now works at the University of Dundee where he advises undergraduates on the career opportunities available to them as officers in the Armed Forces.

David joined ArabTRUST 's Board in 2005 and assumed the responsibility for organising events. He was instrumental in putting together the 'We Won The League At Dens' 25th Anniversary function at the Friary which was a huge success and raised a considerable sum for ArabTRUST causes.

He was elected ArabTRUST Chairman at the AGM in February 2009 but stepped down in August 2009 to give his time to the UNITED for ALL charitable organisation.

chairman@unitedforall.co.uk
Twitter: @Djmulholland

 

Federation of DUSC Rep – Mark McMahon

Federation of DUSC Logo

Mark started going to football with his father as a toddler to Dens and Tannadice on alternate weeks and has been a season ticket holder at Tannadice since he was 3 years old. Not surprisingly he can't remember his first game and can't remember a time when he never went to the football.

Despite Marks father being a Dundee fan and Dundee being the better side at the time Mark fell in love with Dennis Gillespie and the rest was history as they say.

Mark has gone to away games regularly since being allowed to travel by bus when he was 15 years old and has missed very few games over the years but still hugely regrets missing the European Cup semi-final away leg in Rome due to his honeymoon.

Mark has a small Painting & Joinery Business and is married with a grown up son & daughter and has one grandson, all with tangerine blood.

Mark is proud to be current Secretary of The Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs and is also one of the founder members of the Arctic Arabs, a group very close to his heart.

federationrep@arabtrust.co.uk

 

Grant McKenzie

Grant McKenzie

A Lifelong Arab. Grant is unable to remember his first United game. Although, he knows it was against a team wearing blue but definitely was not Dundee. His favourite moments include the 2010 sea of Tangerine at Hampden and the coldest game he has ever experienced. Seated in the George Fox stand at a 3-0 Scottish Cup 3rd Round victory against Forres Mechanics on the 5th of January 2002.

Grant was elected to the Board, following prior co-option, at the ArabTRUST AGM in April 2013.

Grant has worked with Dundee United's Media team since 2011 as part of the Match Reporting team. He regularly attends games and can often be seen at Under 20s home games.

He currently works for an International High Street Retailer and lives in Dundee

webmaster@arabtrust.co.uk
Twitter: @grantomac

 

Membership Secretary – Avril Muir

Avril Muir

Avril has been following United since 1984, although she had a brief affair with Cowdenbeath - including receiving Andy Harrow's top the season when they didn't win a home game!

She was co-opted to ArabTRUST's Board in September 2012 and elected to the Board at the ArabTRUST AGM in April 2013.

Avril attends every home and away game and European ties if possible.

She's been working in the Tangerine Trading Post since 2011.

She's worked in banking for over 20 years.

Her claim to fame is presenting Steven Gerrard with a Player of the Month award on the pitch at Anfield. "He might get on the bench at United!"

membership@arabtrust.co.uk

 

Merchandise – David Baxter

David Baxter

David was first introduced to United by his cousins’ Fiancé (who was a Dee!) who took him along to see his first game in November 1977.

He stood in the old Enclosure watching what was Gordon Strachan’s Aberdeen debut. Although a defeat, the atmosphere bit. Along with the pennant bought from the club shop under what’s now the Jerry Kerr Stand, the memories of that day still stay with David to this day.

A scarf (which he still wears occasionally today) was given 2 weeks later for his birthday and the rest is history.

David has seen all the trophy wins and sampled many great European nights, but David’s most memorable moment as an Arab is watching the players celebrate following winning the Scottish cup in 94’, especially Narey & Hegarty who had suffered defeat along with the legions of United fans at Hampden on so many occasions.

David joined ArabTRUST's Board in July 2011 after spending season 2010/2011 volunteering in our Tangerine Trading Posts.

Having worked for John Menzies, he had a keen interest in the retail side of ArabTRUST and took on the task of overseeing Merchandise - our biggest line of income.

David Currently works in the catering industry, which he has done for over the last 8 years following a long career in retail management.

David now lives in Glamis, is a season ticket holder in the Eddie Thompson stand and travels to most away games as well.

merchandise@arabtrust.co.uk
Twitter: @BackyBaxter

 

Mike Barile

Mike Barile

His family say he spends too much time on football business but he's addicted to Dundee United FC and the beautiful game.

Although he has been running buses to games for friends and family ever since he was 17 it was only during the dark season in which we were relegated that he joined a group who decided it was time for Arabs to stand up and be counted so they formed Ferrari’s United and became an official Supporters Club.

Since then he has followed the natural progression of holding senior positions with both the Federation of Dundee United Supporters’ Clubs and ArabTRUST.

In March 2011, Supporters Direct Scottish Council announced that Mike had been elected for a 1 year term of office.

Mike was ArabTRUST's Associate Director from 2004 until March 2011. His position at the Club came with unique access to Directors, Coaches, Players and Ex-players and allowed him to facilitate a considerable number of regular events which have taken place since his appointment to the role in 2004 such as the Open Days, Fans’ Derbies, the Tangerine Masters and the fund raising social functions. In addition, he helped establish ArabTRUST's Tangerine Trading Post outlets and other special projects such as filming The Cundeez live at The Shed.

Through his links with organisations such as Supporters’ Direct, Show Racism the Red Card, and Kick-out Bigotry he has been pro-active in getting a positive social message across to local youngsters. In partnership with DUFC he has helped organise regular seminars for schoolchildren over the last 5 years on the evils of Racism and Sectarianism.

mike@arabtrust.co.uk

 

Norman McFarlane

Norman McFarlane

Norman’s first match was in 1963 when United had the famous two horizontal stripes! The records state that it was the 19 October and Celtic won 3-0, but who cares about the score, he still has the programme!

If he has a United claim to fame, it’s that he features, along with thousands of other Arabs, on the closing Hampden sequence in the Goal and the Glory!

Norman is an accountant with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) in Dundee and first became involved with ArabTRUST at the initial formation stages and is a Foundation Member, holding membership number 6. His current term started on 18 September 2007 when he was co-opted onto the Board and he currently holds the position of Minute Secretary, which is exciting enough for an accountant!

Norman lives with his two sons in Dundee, all season ticket holders in the George Fox.

 

Secretary – Davie Lowe

Davie Lowe

David has been an ArabTRUST member since inception back in 2003.

David has followed United for as long as he can recall even though most of his family supported the team next door.

"The first game that I can recall attending was at Tannadice against Partick Thistle probably about 1972.

"I'm lucky enough to have witnessed United win every honour that they had. I've travelled to Mönchengladbach and Gothenburg and was in Moscow in 2012.

"One of my proudest moments was presenting Player of the Month to Davie Narey on the pitch prior to a European Match in season 78/79."

David was co-opted and later elected on to the Board at the ArabTRUST AGM in April 2013.

David has worked in the building Industry for over 25 years, the last 10 of which have seen him employed as a Brickwork lecturer in his local FE College.

David is also a qualified Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist.

David lives with his wife Yvonne and their girls, two of whom are currently season ticket holders like himself and also members of the Young Arabs as well as the Trust.

secretary@arabtrust.co.uk
Twitter: @shedboy1

 

Treasurer – Gavin Muir

Gavin Muir

Gavin has been a member of ArabTRUST since day one in 2003 and was elected to the board as Treasurer in September 2011.

"I can’t remember my first United game but it was probably sneaking through the gates at the old Muirton Park to see the last 10 minutes of a game not long after Paul Sturrock had broken into the first team. That's what got me hooked on all things tangerine."

"My claim to fame if you can call it that is scoring a penalty in front of the Eddie Thompson stand at the derby for the christening of the new floodlights!"

Gavin has worked in the Banking industry for over 26 years initially working in the Perth, Fife and Dundee areas. He is currently a Manager with Lloyds Banking Group based in Edinburgh.
Gavin lives with his wife Avril in Dunfermline and they are both season ticket holders in the George Fox and travel to all home and away games.

treasurer@arabtrust.co.uk