in Club News May 12, 2018
The Kilmarnock Football Club is pleased to announce that Phyllis McLeish has joined the Board of Directors.The move is a landmark moment for the club as Phyllis becomes the first woman director to take an active role on the board in over 20 years.
Directors John Kiltie, Billy Bowie and Bill White are delighted to welcome Phyllis on board following such a successful recent campaign.
Phyllis has over 25 years experience in business & finance, specialising in the construction and rail sectors over the last 15 years. With a background in accountancy, Phyllis has spent the last 10 years with QTS Group, a successful railway engineering company which she, her husband and other McLeish family members are director/shareholders.
QTS has seen exponential growth over the last six years and is now one of the top 20 maintenance suppliers to Network Rail. Phyllis had a combined remit of Finance & Commercial Director at QTS, but three years ago reduced her role to that of Commercial Director to allow her to pursue other interests and dedicate more time to her family, new business interests and her charity work.
A recent addition to her business life has been the formation of the AM Media Group which includes Ayrshire Magazine. This long held ambition to be part of the creative industries realised and which she is looking forward to developing.
In her position as Commercial Director at QTS, she has overseen the brand become big supporters of Developing the Young Workforce, Women in Engineering and the sponsorship of Young Athletes.
Phyllis is also one of the founding trustees of the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) and in addition supports the Prince’s Trust in Scotland in a variety of ways including sponsorship and as a table host at the Trust’s legendary charity day “Lunch with an Old Bag”. QTS and the McLeish family also provide considerable donations and other support to many other local and national charities.
Phyllis McLeish commented: "Through QTS and the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust, I have been now been involved with Kilmarnock Football Club for over six years and have developed a real affection for the club, its people and its community.
"My husband Alan and I, as director /shareholders of QTS Group, have been happy to have our brand associated with the club as first team shirt sponsors and youth & ladies section sponsors. QTS, since its inception, has directly employed many Kilmarnock supporters, and their passion and loyalty to the team is impressive.
“We have also enjoyed similar loyalty from many of them as valued QTS employees, and my continued support of Kilmarnock FC is partly in recognition of this and partly because I enjoy supporting the team and would like to see the club continue to thrive.
"It will be a real honour to not only become a shareholder, but to also sit on the board and be the first active woman director in over 20 years, especially at such an exciting time for the club. I hope that my past commercial, financial and marketing skills can make a contribution to the club’s future development and I look forward to supporting the club’s CEO, Kirsten Robertson, and the board in achieving its goals."