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Kevin Keenan - Chair
Kevin Keenan accepted the role of Chair in September 2021. He has been a lifelong fan of Dundee United and lives in the Strathmartine area of Dundee. He was born in Dundee and has lived here all his life. Kevin is well known as a Labour councillor for Strathmartine Ward in Dundee, leader of the opposition and respected as a Baillie.
Kevin is proud of work done by ArabTRUST in the community through the Dundee United Community Trust and is committed to a partnership with the Club in developing the voice of supporters.
On taking the role Kevin said ““Like everyone, ArabTRUST have found the challenge of Covid very difficult. The Board and I look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Dundee United and organisations such as Dundee United Business Club (DUBC), DUDA, ULT83, The Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs, United for All and Dundee United Supporters Foundation (DUSF) to further our key aims and objectives around youth and community development, while continuing to invest in Dundee United and increase our shareholding so that our members have a voice in the running of our club. The support of our members and the wider Dundee United family is vital to the long term success of supporters organisations such as ArabTRUST and therefore we are currently looking at how we can improve our engagement with these key areas of the United support.
He continued "The support of our members and the wider Dundee United family is vital to the long term success of an organisation such as ArabTRUST and therefore we are currently looking at how we can improve our engagement with these key areas of the United support. ArabTRUST have a great team of volunteers who work tirelessly to support The Club and to represent our members. It is a privilege to lead this team and I look forward building on the work done by them and the previous Chairs of ArabTRUST.
Kevin finished by saying "If you feel you would like to help in any way with the running of ArabTRUST please contact either myself; any other board member or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Batten - Treasurer
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 her 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, Susan followed United and frequently travelled home to watch them. Returning to Scotland in 2015, she now works in Glenrothes as a Group Financial Controller responsible for the financial aspects of a family run business. .
Susan joined the Trust board in January 2017 and became Chair in July 2018. Susan resigned as the Chair in September 2021 for personal reasons. ArabTRUST are glad that she will remain on The Board as Treasurer.
Susan Batten took ArabTRUST forward over the past three years, particularly through her work as Treasurer; the development of the TTPs; representing ArabTRUST on the Jim McLean Statue Group, Dundee United Community Trust and the DUSG.
She lives in Markinch.
Ian Barr - Board Member & Media
Ian has been a United fan since he was fourteen, despite living near Motherwell when he was growing up. Ian says “I was just thrilled with the football played by United and Aberdeen and how they socked it to the Old Firm.”
Ian works 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.
He studied in Dundee between 1985 and 1989 at the Northern College in West Ferry. So caught the final years of the incredible ‘80s. Favourite player was Eamon Bannon. Ian was in the States when we beat Rangers in 1994, which made 2010 all the sweeter.
Ian has always been interested in the ArabTrust's work and am delighted to be on the Board.