Three new faces will be on the Well Society Board, alongside three re-elected members, following the Society’s bid to strengthen its board.
New members Sean Baillie, Amber Johnstone and Philip Speedie were elected to the board, with Douglas Dickie, Maureen Downie and Jay Henderson returned. They will join sitting members Tom Feely, Markus Schieren and Derek Watson to make up a board of nine elected members.
Amber Johnstone works in human resources and anticipates helping the Society progress its business aims. She said: “I am excited and grateful to have been selected to serve as a board member and look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the other members to continually improve our wee club.”
Project manager Philip Speedie has been involved with the club for the past 10 years as matchday host. He said: “I am delighted to have been elected to the board of the Well Society. It is particularly exciting to have the opportunity to work alongside board members and the wider membership to drive forward fan ownership of our club. Thank you to all those who lent me their vote; I will do all I can to repay your support.”
Sean Baillie is a regional organiser at GMB Scotland, responsible for growing and supporting over 6000 members employed by Glasgow City Council. He said: “Thank you to everyone who voted. I am looking forward to being able to play a larger part in the next phase of fan ownership. By continuing to improve our structures off the park, we are building on the foundations for success on it.”
Following the election, Society co-chair Tom Feely said: “Part of our role is to encourage and promote the principle of supporter representation on the board. The process attracted a number of strong candidates for the elected spots, which was a great position to be in. There were a number of high-quality individuals in the running and we want to thank them all for putting themselves forward.
“Thanks to everyone who voted. One area where we can perhaps improve is on encouraging a greater turnout, and we will look at what can be learned from this election for the future.
“We will welcome our new colleagues at the next board meeting on Monday 23rd October, where there will be plenty on the agenda for everyone to get their teeth into.”
Doug Inglis, one of the longest-serving members on the board, will step down. Douglas Dickie said: “Doug has been a source of encouragement, positivity and drive on the board. His contribution to the Society and to the club as a whole is much appreciated and we wish him all the best.”
The new trio will join Douglas, Maureen and Jay, all returned to the board.
Douglas has been on the Well Society board since 2015, currently acting as co-chair, and vice chair of the club board. Jay, a policy and public affairs officer for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has served on the board for the past six years alongside Maureen, whose background is in account management and training.
The Well Society Board is now up to full strength in terms of elected members, with nine in post to help shape the future direction of the Society.
The next Well Society Board meeting is Monday 23rd October.