Killie Trust

August 2023

Join Opt Out
Join Renew

Join Opt Out
Join Renew


Following the welcome development of Managing Director Phyllis McLeish issuing a report on activities at the Club, my last update was a reflection on the 5 years I have represented the Trust on the KFC Board, and a call for members to consider applying to be the next Trust Board Director.   

So, this time round I thought it would be useful to summarise some key points and update on various aspects from across the Club.


Football Matters 

First of all, on the football side, we have seen a strong start to the league, with 4 points out of the 6 in what we knew were going to be tough fixtures, plus a victory in a tough Cup tie which sees us through to the quarter finals.

image As has been said on several occasions, the Board and management team were very well aware of the need to rebuild the squad in the summer of this year. The first target when Derek came in was to secure promotion, which was achieved. The next aim was to secure our place in the top league, which was achieved - albeit there were some scary moments at times and some experiences I would not want to repeat - and our semi final at Hampden. Maybe we can feel justice was done for losing that one with our win last Sunday.  

 Rebuilding the squad has meant saying our farewells to many of the players who contributed to the promotion year and keeping us up last season. A significant number of new signings have come in, with a better balance of signed players and loanees, along with younger players moving from development to first team squad and making their mark.

 At the Club AGM, the Manager did say that having Russ Richardson already working on the summer recruitment would be one of our most important roles, and that has been borne out by the quality of players brought in.  The period approaching the closure of the transfer window (which in media terms always slams shut rather than closing quietly!) can be frustrating as fans wait for any late deals to be done. At this point, the manager is still keen to bring in another player, but it was undoubtedly the correct approach to do the bulk of business early, allowing the players to gel.

 With Tony Docherty having departed to pastures new, the Manager has also refreshed and refocussed his backroom team with Alan Archibald coming in and different roles for Chris Burke and Craig Clark.  Having attended not only the first team matches but also the ‘B’ team (who were very unlucky to lose 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out in the SPFL Trust Trophy match) and the under 18s (who have moved back up to Club Academy Scotland Elite status), it has been clear that the backroom team are also very much working together across the various squads, with a more coherent identity running through them all. 


I know that the development of young players is close to the hearts of Trust members and it was good to see Bobby Wales and David Watson included in the Scotland under 19 squad.

The Trust is currently working with the Club to identify a suitable date for an ‘On Board in Person’ event with the Manager, where he can outline more on his approach and aspirations.

There have also been a number of changes to the Women’s first team squad, with a number of young players moving up from the Academy, as well as additional signings and we wish them well for the season ahead.


East Ayrshire Council Planning Dept has asked for a further consultation to be undertaken regarding the Training Ground proposal and that will be undertaken. Update HERE 

Commercial Summary 

  • Season tickets are still sitting just below the 5000 mark but we remain hopeful that the strong start will encourage some further take up where we can hopefully eclipse last year’s record breaking target.
  • Following some issues being raised about difficulties for fans buying Cup match tickets where there are several family members at one email address, I raised this with the Club so that we can ask TicketCo for a solution which saves fans having to phone or visit the ticket office
  • I have picked up on issues fans faced with ticket office opening /closing times ahead of the recent cup match, so that we can improve the experience going forward
  • The new strips were very well received and continue to sell well after the initial launch. The away strip, with the unique design based on the chemical construct of penicillin to mark the connection with Sir Alexander Fleming, has attracted attention not only in football circles, but also across the globe in scientific cand education communities – leaving a challenge of what to do next time!


  • The leisure wear range has been refreshed and the Killie Ltd items are selling particularly well following its 10th re-stock since the ranges creation.
  • Robert Dykes has joined the Commercial team, and will be working to attract new partners and advertisers to build on the established band of sponsors and partners alongside Club Ambassador, Raymond Montgomerie
  • Player shirt sponsorships for both men’s (HERE) and women’s (HERE) first team squads are now available!  
  • Hospitality has also been selling well with most of our opening matches selling out
  • Our new front of shirt sponsor James Frew has been joined by sleeve sponsor Red Rock Automation, bottom back of shirt sponsor Blackwood Plant Hire and shorts sponsor Bartercard
  • The Club has added Ayrshire Cancer Support as a charity partner 
  • Last but definitely not least, the Killie Trust Logo will now be appearing on both boys and girls academy strips as well as women’s first team playing kits.



Media and communications

  • The media team (Andy Fitzsimmons and Scott Symington) have continued to improve content with ‘behind the scenes’ stories as well as match day content (and occasionally starring in it!), tailoring to the various social media platforms all of which require regular “feeding”! 
  • As well as men’s first team output, the team have provided updates on the women’s and under 18s matches and will be working with some volunteers on this
  • John Barnes is continuing to cover Killie TV with co commentary from former players
  • An update on accessing Killie TV was provided by the team, using this primarily for match days, with other content being on freely available. Info HERE 
  • As well as general pre-season coverage, Sky Sports, West FM and other media outlets featured the Killie Trust’s Cycle Shelter project, funded by Cycling Scotland. This also gave me the opportunity to talk through other aspects of Trust work and funding
  • Phyllis McLeish has given an interview to the Times, and I gave an interview to the Herald, both articles being picked up in other media


Killie Community 

  • The recent Killie Community AGM saw the addition of Gillian Grant from Police Scotland and Linda McAuley Griffiths, Education Director at East Ayrshire Council to the Board of Trustees which will assist the charity to develop new partnerships with public sector organisations
  • Ann Clark, Yvonne Howie and Provost Todd have been appointed as Killie Community Ambassadors 
  • The first ever Killie Community awards ceremony, hosted by Pat Nevin, was held in the 1869 Suite with volunteers, partners and participants recognised for their support and involvement in the past year. More HERE


  • This was followed by an event with Pat Nevin talking about his latest book, and he will also be returning to Killie Community to speak to the Football memories group, organised by Ross Mathie on 4 September 
  • The Football Memories Group continues to attract members some of whom recently enjoyed a trip to the Hampden Museum
  • The Killie Community summer programme during the school holidays attracted over 50 kids each week, with great support from the manager and players 


  • Thanks to National Lottery funding, staffing has been increased to increase the range and reach of programmes on offer
  • The Killie Get Together, which began as a “warm space” in the colder months is now running every Wednesday afternoon in the Champions Lounge, open to all who might enjoy a cup of tea and a chat 

More information on programmes run by Killie Community and the staff team is available HERE 


Killie Trust Activities

  • The Trust’s Board meetings have continued a monthly basis, with a focus on plans for the Trust’s 20th anniversary year and future priorities for investment in the Club. Proposals will be brought to members in the near future.
  • Thanks to the generosity of monthly subscribers to our funding capaign, the Trust will now provide the Club with finance to install handrails in the Frank Beattie and East Stands to help fans who are less mobile and infirm. Jim Thomson, Trust Chair has a meeting on Wednesday to get this project underway as soon as possible. Thanks also to members who voted to make this project a reality. 
  • As mentioned earlier, the cycle shelters were installed thanks to funding from Cycling Scotland - an initiative which came from a suggestion by a Trust member. 


  • The Trust is currently analysing the responses to the recent survey, and a report will be produced and made available when that is completed.
  • Expressions of interest were sought from those who might wish to stand for the position of Trust Club Director and that process is being taken forward by the Trust Board.  
  • The Junior Trust continues to attract new members and we are hopeful that parents and families will also join up so that they can have a say in all trust matters!
  • Jim has attended the first of three Youth Academy parents events to give out leaflets and speak about the Trust and the sponsorship arrangement. Further meetings are scheduled next week. I attended a Girls’ Academy parents’ event and gave information about the Trust and explained how the funds were raised to allow the Trust to support the Academy and women’s team. Hopefully we will see some new members joining from this also!
  • The Trust continues to support Foodbank collection at home matches which is very much appreciated by Ayrshire East Foodbank
  • There will be an online Forum for Trust members on 20th September at 7pm to give an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss current  and future activities 
  • Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Trust's 'Growing our Club's Future' campaign. It is continuing to raise money which will allow under 16's to attend matches who otherwise might not have been able to, with tickets being distributed through schools. Will it get our season ticket numbers over the 5,000 threshold? Watch this space! 

For further information on the Trust or any of our activites, please contact us via email at [email protected] or visit the website -


I meet regularly with SLO Allen Kyle to hear of issues which need to be raised within the Club. Allen deals with and resolves many day-to-day issues for supporters, as well as liaising with opposing team SLOs to ensure smooth arrangements and positive experiences wherever possible.

Allen ‘s full contact details are on Club website as are contact details for Peter Orr, Chair of KFC Disabled Supporters Association. SLO info HERE

Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer Peter Irons and I also meet regularly to pick up on any safeguarding issues. His full contact details are also on the Club website. Further information HERE.


The quickest way to get in touch with me is by emailing directly! 

Email: [email protected]

Twitter/ X: @cathyjamieson

Instagram: cathyjamiesonkillie

Facebook: Cathy Jamieson

LinkedIn:  Cathy Jamieson FRSA 


Killie Trust

Website Privacy Statement

Our policy relating to data collection and privacy has fairness at its heart and is never intended to cause objection or complaint and to that end if there is any dubiety we will not store your information. As a business we wish to stay in communication with your and keep you up to date with news, offers and updates on our product which you may find of interest, but we will only do this with your clear and specific consent.

Standard Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how KILLIE TRUST uses and protects any information that you give KILLIE TRUST when you use this website.

KILLIE TRUST is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

KILLIE TRUST may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 13th Jun 2018 


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online and offline.

Where we collect this information

As a business we collect data for a number of sources, but our data policy applies to all of the following including personal data collected at reception, check in, exhibitions, on and off-line competitions, guest questionnaires, online bookings, online communications, digital newsletter sign ups from websites and social media, shared promotions with partners and others not listed.

We confirm that unless specific consent is given by the user the information shared will not be stored beyond the purpose intended. If specific consent is given to use the information collected it will be stored securely and digitally encrypted and password protected. 

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data, using Google Analytics normally but on occasion other aggregation tools that advise us about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
●    whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
●    if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us or by clicking unsubscribe where available.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting only if you specifically consent to us that you wish this to happen.
We undertake that third parties will only include businesses that support our business and your stay such as travel providers, visitor attractions, event providers and others directly related to our business offering.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us [email protected] as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Our Website and In House Data Collection Policy

Our email collection policy is fully consent based and in entering your details clear consent is given by the user to receive future marketing materials from ourselves. The following information makes clear our policy on use of consent based email marketing and communications.

What we collect

We may collect the following information on a consent only basis:
●    name and job title
●    contact information including email address
●    demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
●    other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

The majority of the information we gather is required for contractual and legal purposes and to allow us to offer products and services as purchased. 
When consent is given to use the information for marketing and communication purposes it is used for the following reasons:
●    We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
●    From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you using your provided email address for market research purposes. 

Your information will never be shared with any third parties and at all times you have the right to unsubscribe permanently from our database with a simple click of the unsubscribe information at which time your details will be deleted from the mailing lists and removed from the database permanently with no archived records retained.

Killie Trust

Website Terms and Conditions

Your use of the Killie Trust Web Site is subject to these terms and by using the Site you show your agreement to such terms. If you do not accept our terms, please do not use the Web Site.

Ownership of Web Site

This Web Site belongs to Killie Trust.


Headings used in these terms and conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretation.


The images, logos and names on this Web Site which identify Killie Trust or third parties and their products and services are proprietary marks of Killie Trust and/or the relevant third parties. Nothing contained in this Web Site shall be deemed to confer on any person any license or right on the part of Killie Trust or any third party with respect to any such image, logo or name.


Killie Trust reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or cease to supply any product or service contained on this Web Site. In the event that such removal takes place we shall not be liable to you in any way whatsoever for such removal.

Phone Calls and Emails

Telephone calls using the telephone numbers provided on this Web Site and email correspondence with Killie Trust at the email addresses accessible through, or discernible from, this Web Site may be recorded or monitored. By using such communication methods you are consenting to the recording or monitoring of the same.

Telephone charges

The price of calls may vary depending on your telecoms supplier. Please check with your operator for exact charges.


Commercial use

This Web Site is for non-commercial, personal use only. The services contained on this Web Site may be supplied on a commercial basis on payment to Killie Trust or its service or product suppliers of its charges from time to time.

In the event that you use any of the services contained on this Web Site for commercial use, Killie Trust shall be entitled to charge you at its applicable rates in respect of such commercial use.


The copyright in the material contained in this Web Site belongs to Killie Trust or its licensed source. Any person may copy any part of this material, subject to the following conditions:

the material may not be used for commercial purposes;

the copies must retain any copyrights or other intellectual property notices contained in the original material;

the products and technology or processes described in this Web Site may be subject to other intellectual property rights reserved by Killie Trust or by other third parties with no license granted in respect of those intellectual property rights); images on this Web Site are protected by copyright as its text by IPR and may not be reproduced or appropriated in any manner without the written permission of their respective owner(s).

Changes to Terms and Records of Agreements

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes on the Web Site. It is your responsibility to review the Web Site terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the latest terms and conditions. Your use of this Web Site after a change has been posted will be deemed to signify your acceptance of the modified terms and conditions. We recommend that you print off and retain for your records a copy of these terms and conditions from time to time and a copy of any terms and conditions relating to any product or service which you apply for online, together with any related application form completed and submitted.

Any amendment to terms and conditions must be agreed in writing by us, or, if appropriate, by the relevant company or individual supplier with whom you contract.


Whilst Killie Trust has taken due care and attention in the preparation of the contents of this Web Site, this Web Site and the information, names, images, pictures, logos, icons regarding or relating to Killie Trust or our products and services marketed on the site (or to third party products and services), are provided on an 'as is' basis without any representation or endorsement being made and without any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to, any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

To the extent permitted by law, all such terms and warranties are hereby excluded. In no event will Killie Trust be liable, whether in contract or tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) or otherwise for any losses sustained and arising out of or in connection with use of this Web Site including, without limitation, loss of profits, loss of data or loss of goodwill (in all these cases whether direct or indirect) nor any indirect, economic, consequential or special loss.

Killie Trust does not represent that the information contained in this Web Site is accurate, comprehensive, verified or complete, and shall accept no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Web Site or for any reliance placed by any person on the information.

Killie Trust does not warrant that the functions or materials accessible from or contained in this Web Site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that this Web Site or the server that makes it available are virus or bug free or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

If any of these Terms and Conditions (or any terms and conditions relating to a product or service referred to in this Web Site) should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which such terms and conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent of such illegality, invalidity or unenforceability, and in relation to such state or country only, such terms or condition shall be deleted and severed from the rest of the relevant terms and conditions and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude Killie Trust's liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence of Killie Trust.

Intellectual Property Rights

All Intellectual Property Rights (including, without limitation, all database rights, rights in designs, rights in know-how, patents and rights in inventions (in all cases whether registered or unregistered and including all rights to apply for registration) and all other intellectual or industrial property rights in any jurisdiction) in any information, content, materials, data or processes contained in or to this Web Site belong to Killie Trust or its licensed source. All rights of Killie Trust in such Intellectual Property Rights are hereby reserved.

Jurisdiction and Law

Killie Trust makes no representation that any product or service referred to on or through the Web Site is appropriate for use, or available in other locations. The information and other materials contained in this Web Site may not satisfy the laws of any other country and those who choose to access this Site from other locations are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

These Terms and Conditions and any terms and conditions relating to products or services described in this Web Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland. Disputes arising in relation to the same shall, unless otherwise expressly agreed, be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

Links to other Web Sites

Certain (hypertext) links, advertisements or suppliers promotion will lead you to Web Sites that are not under the control of Killie Trust. When you activate any of these links, you will leave Killie Trust Web Site by opening a new window and we have no control over and will accept no responsibility or liability in respect of the material on any such other Web Site. By allowing links with third party Web Sites Killie Trust does not intend to solicit business or offer any security to any person in any country, directly or indirectly.

Force Majeure

Every effort will be made to carry out the contract but its due performance is subject to cancellation by Killie Trust or to such variation as we may find necessary as a result of inability to secure labour, materials or supplies or as a result of any act of God, War, Strike, Lockout or other labour dispute, Fire, Flood, Drought, Legislation, or other cause (whether of the foregoing class or not) beyond the sellers control.

Killie Trust

Website Accessibility

We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible and easy to use for everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability.

All our page templates comply with the WCAG Priority 2 checkpoints as a minimum requirement. And we make every effort to ensure that all the content on our site meets this standard too. We are making every effort to ensure that we don't exclude any users. For example:

  • We try to use clear and simple language.
  • We use alternative text for all our images 
  • Were possible the HTML we produce conforms to the standard: XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • We have tested the colours we use in the design for contrast.

We try to publish all our text content as accessible HTML rather than in other formats such as PDF. Where we do publish PDFs or other formats our policy is to make them as accessible as we can.