Susan Batten - ArabTRUST Chairperson and Treasurer

Susan Batten

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 Edinburgh as a Management Accountant responsible for the financial aspects of a number of franchise companies.

Susan, who joined the Trust board in January 2017 and became Chair in July 2018,  lives in Markinch with her husband Chris and they have one son.

chairman@arabtrust.co.uk  

Stuart Campbell - ArabTRUST Associate Director and Vice Chair

Stuart Campbell

Appointed as the ArabTRUST''s Associate Director in late 2016, life-long Dundee United fan Stuart is working with the DUFC Chairman and the Club's other board members to assist Dundee United in any way he can, whilst ensuring Trust members' views are represented.

With the ArabTRUST being the third largest shareholder in DUFC, 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 Trust board in July 2015. He has been a Tannadice season ticket holder for longer than he can remember, attending his first United 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 twelve year old he used to get the train to Dundee, walk up to the ground to watch his team, then reverse the journey after each match.

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.

Married with two children, Stuart runs his own vehicle accident repair business in Glenrothes. 

associatedirector@arabtrust.co.uk

George Laidlaw - Acting Secretary

Bio coming soon

Wayne O'Hare - Fundraising

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Kevin Keenan - Merchandise

Kevin Keenan

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Bob McPherson - Communications and Merchandising

Bob McPherson

A keen Third Lanark supporter until the Hi-Hi's sad demise in 1967, Bob then followed Clyde home and away for nine years before moving to Dundee in 1976. Since then Dundee United has very much claimed Bob's allegiance but he has a long-standing affection for Charlton Athletic, actively supports Workington AFC and has a general interest in football at various levels.

In short, he's the complete football fan, contributing to a wide range of Scottish football club publications over the years and was the lead author of Marching On, the official history of St. Mirren Football Club published in October 2005.

A member of the Dundee United commercial staff for a short period, a former Managing Director of Clyde FC and for five years the Broughty Athletic webmaster, Bob is an avid collector of football memorabilia and is delighted that his range of Dundee Hibernian merchandise, now transferred to Arab Trust ownerhip, will from now on be used to help finance many of the Trust's youth football and community activities.

Ryan MacDonald - Communications

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Steven Drake - Membership

Steven Drake

Steve has been a United fan for over forty 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 five 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-day and future wellbeing. The team will win sometimes, draw at 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 as an asset to its community.

Steve joined the DUFC Supporters Liaison Group in 2017. His favourite United memories are those floodlit European nights in the 1980s when 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.

Ian Barr - Advisory

Ian Barr

"I've been a United fan since I was fourteen, despite living near Motherwell as I was growing up. I was just thrilled with the football played by United and Aberdeen and how they 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 between 1985 and1989 at the Northern College in 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."

Martin Keenan - Advisory

Bio coming soon

Val Dornoch - Advisory and United Ladies of Tannadice Representative

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