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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.
Martin lives in Dundee and is married with a son and a daughter.

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.

JohnGibson

John Gibson

John is a Fintry boy going to Fintry Primary school and then Morgan Academy before qualifying as an accountant
He worked in London and Aberdeen before finding his way back to to Dundee. Here he set up a commercially orientated property development company in the early 90's.
Almost 30 years later the company has gone from strength to strength and now specialises in the storage of whisky. John is a life long United fan, first going to Tannadice in 1959 with his Grandad (Dad was a Dee but ended up a United season ticket holder for over 40years!)

Marie Kiernan

Marie Kiernan

At the end of her first game at Tannadice, Marie’s dad suggested taking her to Dens the following week so that she could decide which team to support. She responded that she didn’t want to, as she wanted to support United – a wise choice for a 5 year old, and one she is so glad she made!
Having been lucky enough to support United through our most successful period, she says her favourite memory is sharing the 2010 Scottish Cup final with her husband (who she met through their mutual love of United, in the Snug Bar) and their two children, who have had the United bug passed on to them.
Marie was educated at Carnoustie High School, and has been employed at RBS in a number of roles. She was active in her trade union, undertaking a senior representative role at a national level, before being made redundant in 2015. She currently works as a manager of a charity shop.

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 166-71 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.

Craig Simpson

Craig Simpson

Craig is a lifelong United fan attending his first game in 1986 when United travelled to play Montrose at Links Park in a pre-season friendly. The 1986/87 season was certainly an enjoyable introduction to supporting United!
Craig has worked in senior roles with the likes of Sky TV, DC Thomson and Bauer Media and now is owner and Managing Director of Jigsaw Media, a Dundee based marketing agency.
A Tannadice regular Craig is also still trying to play football, although his aching and aging limbs are telling him to stop and he also helps to run the Broughty United 2008 age group.
He is married with two children, Finlay (also a United fanatic) and Gracie.

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