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ArabTRUST Board Members
Susan Batten - ArabTRUST Chairperson
Susan is a life long United fan. She started attending Tannadice at the age of 11 years old. Educated in Dundee, she was the one of the first girl footballers at both her primary and secondary schools. Back then, girls were not allowed to play for the school team, but she became well known for pushing her way into non competitive games and after a while she adopted the nickname "Finnie Maradona", so the name tells you that's she got a game!
She had a short spell playing for DUFC girls, but her football career progressed further when she moved to London, where she went on to play at a high competitive level. Her memorable moment was being presented with a winners medal at Wembley Arena by David O'Leary.
Susan still runs around with the ball at here feet but only when playing with her nieces and nephews, as her family remind her she isn't 21 anymore!
Spending most of her life down south, working in property investment as a finance manager she still followed DUFC travelling to Scotland regularly to watch them. Returning to Scotland in 2015, she now works in Edinburgh as a Management Accountant responsible for the financial aspects of a number of their Franchise companies.
Susan lives in Markinch with her husband Chris and they has one son.
Susan joined the board in January 2017 and became Chair in July 2018.
Stuart Campbell - ArabTRUST Associate Director
Appointed as the ArabTRUST''s Associate Director in late 2016 as a life long fan of the Dundee United Stuart is working with the Chairman and other board members to assist the club in any way he can whilst ensuring the members views are represented.
With the ArabTRUST being the third largest shareholder at Tannadice Stuart believes it is vital that the ArabTRUST contributes fully to the running of the club with particular emphasis in the areas of Youth and Community Development.
Stuart has been a member of ArabTRUST for a number of years and was co-opted on to the Board in July 2015 he has been a season ticket holder at Dundee Utd for longer than he can remember attending his first Utd game in 1980. Living in Cupar he chose to support a club he could actually go and watch week in week out and as a 12yr old he used to get the train to Dundee and walk to the ground to watch his team then the same in reverse to go home.
Stuart has been through the good and not so good times supporting the club. He has said "Simply put Dundee United are pretty high on my priorities list (that's an understatement), only my family come ahead of Dundee United", his favourite moments following United being the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and the 2010 Scottish Cup Final.
Stuart is married with two children and runs his own vehicle accident repair business in Glenrothes.
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.
David Baxter - Merchandise Co-ordinator
David has supported the club since 1977 after being introduced by his cousins fiance. His first game was against Aberdeen a 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Tannadice, with Gordon Strachan making his debut. Despite the defeat it was Tannadice as often as possible that season with a season ticket bagged the following year. The Shed was the place to be for David for many years but over the last 10 years David's been occupying a seat in the Eddie Thompson stand.
David has been an ArabTRUST board member since 2011 having previously volunteered in the Trading Posts over the two previous seasons.
As Merchandise Co ordinator David looks to offer good value as well as items the fans want in the trusts quest to raise funds for Youth development.
David is a member of the Dundee United Table Football Club (Subbuteo) who travel throughout Europe and runs a catering company in Dundee. David has strong retail expierance having worked as a store manager for John Menzies and Stationery Box as well as with Dundee University students Association
Steve has been a United fan for over 40 years and first had a season ticket in 1980. He was born and educated in Dundee then left for employment and university in the London area. Steve returned to Dundee around 5 years ago and swiftly got back into the habit of going along to Tannadice every fortnight.
He believes the club’s position and presence in the community is vital to its present and future. The team will win sometimes, draw other times and unfortunately lose more often than we’d all like - but the good work being done and to be done for the people of Dundee and surrounding areas will more properly measure how successful United are as a club and an asset to its supporters and community generally.
Steve joined the DUFC Supporters Liaison Group in 2017.
His favourite United memories are those floodlit European nights in the 1980s where we would challenge some of Europe’s elite as well as teams from places he’d never heard of before!
Steve lives and works in the Dundee area, being a solicitor with a local law firm and deals with Scots and English law. He is father to a grown up daughter.
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I've been a United fan since I was 14, despite living near Motherwell as I was growing up. I was just thrilled with the football and how United, and Aberdeen, socked it to the Old Firm. I work as Dumfries and Galloway Council's Events Officer, which entails preparing events strategies, drawing up the funding contracts for major events, and helping to develop events for tourism and community development. I studied in Dundee from 1985-1989, at the Northern College in the West Ferry. So I caught the final years of the incredible 80s. Favourite player was Eamon Bannon. I was in the States when we beat Rangers in 1994, which made 2010 all the sweeter. I've always been interested in the ArabTrust's work and am delighted to join the Board.
Colin has been a member of the ArabTRUST for a number of years and joined the board in mid 2015 a season ticket holder for over 40 years he attends every home game, although not from an Arab supporting family one of his grandad's did have a season ticket for both United and Dundee at the same time for many years.
He's been going to see United with the same group of friends for around 30 years and has done a fair bit of travelling in his time with the trips to Gothenberg and Liege up there with the best of them.
Colin is married with one grown up son both his wife and son are seson ticket holders and Arabs to the core.
Now retired he likes to travel and is an ArabTRUST representative on the United for All Community Trust he volunteers with Alzheimers Scotland he's also involved in a number of community groups within the Maryfield/Stobswell area of Dundee.
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Anil is in his mid forties married with two children and lives in Broughty Ferry he has run a Newsagents in Stobswell for over 20 years.
He attends all home and away games with his son traveling to away games with the Arctic Arabs.
Anil grew up looking at the Jerry Kerr stand from his bedroom window and would stand in awe seeing the massive white UEFA flag flying high on European nights, he was hooked after his first match he attended in 1981 seeing Dundee Utd beating Morton 5-0 with Paul Sturrock scoring a hat-trick.
He's seen the highs and the not so highs, with the winning of the league title in 1983 at Dens, the win over Barcelona at Tannadice and United breaking the Hampden hoodoo in 1994 being the most notable highlights.
He's looking forward to continuing to help Arabtrust having worked in the TTP's over the last 16 months..
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