Billy Bowie is the owner and Managing Director of Billy Bowie Special Projects Limited based in Kilmarnock, not far from Rugby Park, but with extensive interests throughout the UK. The company provides a broad range of services and skills to local authorities and industry.
From its origins in 1991 with one vehicle, Billy Bowie Special Projects Limited has grown to own a modern fleet of over 150 specially equipped vehicles and employs over 70 staff locally at Moorfield Industrial Estate, Kilmarnock.
On his new role at the Club Billy had this to say:
At present, I am in the fortunate position that I can help the Club both financially and with my knowledge of the local community and I feel it's the right time to get behind the Club and its supporters. I hope that my involvement can help start a new chapter in the distinguished history of Scotland's oldest professional football club."
Mr Bowie is a lifelong Kilmarnock supporter and is married with two young sons. He is a Stewarton man, born and bred, and is proud of his Ayrshire roots.
Born in Kilmarnock, John spent his early school years at Galston Primary School before attending James Hamilton Secondary School in Kilmarnock.
John's working life saw him holding various positions within the well-known Kilmarnock company of Mitchell and Struthers, progressing to the position of managing director.
In 1999, John started his own Kilmarnock based contracting business of "JMK Groundcare" which became very successful, resulting in the company employing seventy five, mostly local, people. The business expanded and operated locally and nationally for 15 years.
Speaking about his new role John said:
A Kilmarnock man, Bill attended Loanhead Primary School where he played for the school football team then Kilmarnock Academy where he captained the 1st XV Rugby team.
I am honoured to be invited by the Directors to join them on the Board of Kilmarnock FC. I recently sold my contracting business and now find myself in the fortunate position of being able to invest both capital and time to help the Club.
With the help of the local community and the trusted Killie support, I hope we can reach new levels of success on the playing field."
He then played, including a period at the highest level, for Kilmarnock Rugby Football Club from 1967 to 1990.After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he spent several years in the profession and industry including ICI before setting up in public practice in Kilmarnock in 1981 as W. White & Company.
His practice in Bank Street, Kilmarnock was sold in 2016 and having retired from public practice as an accountant and financial adviser, he was pleased to invest his time and resources in Kilmarnock Football Club of which he has been a supporter for over 60 years.
Speaking about his appointment, Bill said:
“I am deeply proud and excited to be part of the current board which are dedicated to raising the profile of the club both on and off the pitch in Kilmarnock and Scotland.”
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.
A lifelong Kilmarnock fan, Cathy joined the Board as a Director after The Kilmarnock Supporters Society Ltd (The Killie Trust) reached their £100,000 funding target through the Trust in Killie initiative.
Cathy enjoyed a career in politics, serving as an MSP and Cabinet Minister in Holyrood, and MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun and a Shadow Treasury Minister in Westminster.Outside of her passion for Kilmarnock FC and Auchinleck Talbot, Cathy has long been a champion for young people, dedicating her time to social work and Who Cares? Scotland, the advocacy organisation for young people in care.
She currently holds the position of Chief Executive of Care Visions Children’s Services, which provides residential and foster care placements for vulnerable young people across Scotland.
Cathy said: "I am delighted to be joining the Board at such an exciting time for Kilmarnock FC. I look forward to working with the club and the Trust to ensure fans have a voice and that we further develop links with the local community and fans of the future."