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The Steering Group

To oversee the successful implementation of the Foundation a Steering Group has been established. The Steering Group is made up of passionate Dundee United fans who feel that something needs to be done to give all supporters an additional avenue to financially assist the club. In return we can have a real say in the future while helping to ensure the financial security of our football team.

Martin Manzi

Martin Manzi

Martin was educated at Lawside Academy and graduated from Heriot Watt University in 1980 with a BSc Hons in Civil Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and has spent most of his career in the gas transportation industry and has held various senior management positions in engineering, safety, risk management and legal compliance.
Lucky enough to have seen all of United’s trophy wins, as well as too many Hampden heartaches, which prompted Martin’s involvement as co-editor of the award winning fanzine ‘The Final Hurdle’ a popular publication with United fans through 1988 to 2000.
He is the current Chair of local charity Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, and is on the committee for Dundee Westfest.
Martin lives in Dundee and is married with a son, daughter and grandson.

Andy McCarle

Andy McCarle

Andy became a founder member of ArabTrust whilst Treasurer of the Dundee United Business Club. He is a lifelong United supporter.
Educated at Lawside Academy he worked for the Bank of Scotland for 35 years finishing as an Area Director, retiring in December 2006 – before the financial crash although he denies any responsibility!
He resigned from the ArabTrust Board to join the DUSF steering group, is a Board member of Maggie’s Dundee, Treasurer of the Sean Dillon Testimonial Committee and Treasurer of Dundee East Community Sports Club.
He is married and has two grown children who are also die-hard ‘Arabs’.

Graham McLelland

Graham McLelland

Graham’s first game at Tannadice was against Standard Liege in 1978. He then grew up with the United team of the late 70’s/80’s, and as well as the obvious trophy wins, has fond memories of Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach away.
Educated at Monifieth High School and Dundee College, Graham started his accountancy career with Ernst & Young, qualifying as ACCA in 1996. Graham has been a partner in FourM Chartered Accountants since 2000.
Graham played amateur football for Broughty United and cricket for Forfarshire Cricket Club but is now retired due to family commitments, and being too old and stiff.
He is married and has four young children.

Ged Bell

Ged is a life-long Arab, who hails from Fintry. He has seen many highs and some lows since attending Tannadice for the first time in 1966. After giving up a distinctly average amateur goalie career in the late eighties, Ged has been a season ticket holder at Tannadice. On leaving Lawside Academy in 1975, he served an apprenticeship with NCR, later leaving to pursue technology roles throughout the UK. After several senior roles, he was appointed Head of IT with Dundee City Council in 2007. During that time, he chaired the Society of IT Management in Scotland, and was invited to take up board positions in public sector digital transformation. He also chaired the Lochee and then Maryfield Community Planning Partnerships. After leaving DDC in 2015, he worked as a self-employed digital transformation consultant.
Ged represented Dundee when it was recognised as a world-leader in Schools technology by the New York-based Intelligent Communities Forum in 2010. Ged graduated MBA with distinction in 2003 from Dundee University.
He is married with three grown-up kids and one granddaughter and lives in Broughty Ferry.

Marie Kiernan

Marie Kiernan (1972-2022)

Marie sadly passed away on Tuesday 26th July 2022.
A Steering Group Member since our launch in 2017, Marie was a major influencer in establishing the principles of the Foundation and in growing the membership to the levels that they are at today. Her practical, pragmatic and diplomatic way of solving problems and settling differences of opinion was invaluable to the group.
Her impact within the Foundation cannot be overstated.
One standing joke with Marie was that despite developing a slick computerised system for managing the membership database, Marie insisted on maintaining her manual A-Z ledgers which we called upon often in the early days when the IT system let us down…. Much to her enjoyment!
Her common sense, matter-of-fact approach kept us all going through some of the more difficult times and we relied heavily on, and greatly appreciated her organisation skills. But more than that, we loved her for just being a wonderful caring person, who always thought of others even when she was fighting a courageous battle with her illness.
Her positive outlook even in the worst circumstances was an absolute inspiration.
She will be hugely missed by all of us at DUSF, by her many friends in the East Angus Arabs and in the wider Dundee United community.
Our thoughts continue to be with her family and friends.
Marie touched so many people in such a good way, and we hope the great memories she engendered may in some way live on and help to sustain everyone she knew.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Mike Evans is a Chartered Fellow and Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He was Manager of the Employment Disability Unit of Dundee City Council for 21 years and was President of the European Union of Supported Employment for four years. Mike was Chairman and a founding member of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment. He is the author of Employing People with Disabilities, which was published as a best practice guide by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and he has delivered presentations, workshops and training courses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and America. Mike was also a Sergeant in the RAF prior to returning to Dundee.
Mike has been a United fan all his life – he still has his Dundee United Junior Supporters card from 1962. He is a Founder Member of ArabTrust and he started the Young Lions whilst part of the Dundee United Business Club.

Denis McGurk

Denis was educated at Harris Academy 1966-71 and joined the Post Office as an engineer apprentice. After a long career spanning 44 years he retired in October 2015. He held various roles at senior management level for the latter 20 years of his time with the company covering Field Operations, Field Controls, Network Investment end Efficiency dealing with business plans and annual budgets of more than £20m and Change Management.
Denis started going to Tannadice in the early 1960s and even when he moved away from Dundee in 1982 he still attended home games, apart from a period when he was in Switzerland for a year. He recalls the Massacre of ’65 vividly, that famous first game v Barcelona and the glory years when silverware started to arrive at Tannadice. He delighted in telling colleagues who supported the big English clubs of United’s incredible record v Barcelona along with other memorable European nights.
Now retired Denis was looking for something to do to pay back into the club he loves and feels the Foundation is the ideal platform to do something positive.
Denis returned to live in Dundee in 2006 and is married with 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren; the eldest Molly is also a season ticket holder and a junior member of the Foundation.

John Fyffe

John left school at 16 and served an apprenticeship as a Toolmaker in Timex. He then went to pursue a career as a teacher where he taught in five secondary schools culminating in his appointment as Headteacher at Blairgowrie High School. In 2007 he was appointed Executive Director of Education & Children’s services in Perth & Kinross Council, then Depute Chief Executive, positions he held until his retirement in 2018.
John has been a member of numerous boards and working groups over his career including as President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland between 2013 and 2015. He is currently a non-executive director with Education Scotland.
Since his retirement he has involved himself in local organisations and charities; a Trustee of the Dundee Bairns, Late Deacon of the Weaver Incorporation, and membership secretary of the Dundee Rotary.
He is a lifelong and long - suffering Dundee United fan. John is married with three adult children
In June 2023 John was awarded an MBE in the Kings birthday honours list for ‘Services to Education and Young people in Scotland’.

Dave Hart

Dave is a life long United supporter,
Raised in Menzieshill he attended St. John’s High School.
He served his Electrical apprenticeship with Jute Industries in Cox’s Mill Lochee. Moving on to NCR starting on the shop floor before progressing to Department Production Manager. Dave spent 20 years with NCR before leaving when the factory closed. Various jobs followed; he is now owner of a Golf Transport business catering for oversee visitors.
Attending Tannadice since the late 60’s he has been blessed to see the glory years and witnessed every Cup Final United have contested. Dave played Junior football for Dundee North End and Lochee Harp. Dave also played amateur and claims to have scored a few goals against our own Ged Bell. Dave is a decent golfer still playing off a Scratch handicap.
He is married with 3 grown up daughters, all his daughters are Shed Girls.

Leigh-Jayne Robertson

Leigh-Jayne is a life-long Arab and started attending games in the early 80s along with her dad.
Educated at Carnoustie High School, moving to the Middle East in her late teens before returning to study at Dundee College of Further Education in 1992.
During a brief spell living in England in the late 90s and early 00s, Leigh-Jayne worked in various financial management roles.
Leigh-Jayne has been a Civil Servant for over 20 years and is currently an Operations Manager within the Scottish Government.

Amy Bremner

Born in Dundee, Amy was taken to her first United match as a 10-year-old in 1995. This was a Dundee derby with her older sister and gran; she was instantly hooked on tangerine! Much to the disgust of her Dundee supporting dad!
Amy attended Grove Academy where she was Head Girl and went on to Duncan of Jordanstone to Study Fine Art. Upon graduating, Amy then completed a post graduate degree in Primary Education and has been working as a primary school teacher for the past 14 years. Amy is involved with the school football teams and enjoys her role as union representative.
Out with the above, Amy enjoys most sports, particularly darts, golf and tennis and loves to attend the cinema and gigs. She also likes to travel, cooking vegan food and spend time with family and friends - especially her cat, Rosie.

Stewart McBride

Stewart is a lifelong United fan, attending his first match in 1994 and becoming a regular at Tannadice in the 95/96 season.
Stewart attended Carnoustie High School, and then Edinburgh University, where he graduated as a PE Teacher in 2009. He lives in Dundee with his wife and son. He is currently the Faculty Head of the Health Department at a school in Angus.
Too young for the glory years, Stewart's happiest time as a United fan was the Craig Levein/ Peter Houston era, which culminated the 2010 Scottish Cup win and the subsequent trip to Athens.
A keen footballer back in the day, Stewart played for Brechin and Arbroath youth and reserve teams, before ending his career in Saturday amateurs at the tender age of 27. He is currently having another attempt at learning golf.


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