John Needham - Chairman
I want all of our fans and everyone involved with the Club to be reassured that my priority is to build on the success that’s been achieved in recent years in conjunction with everyone involved with St Mirren. That will involve Directors, staff and most importantly our loyal and faithful fans. The potential of our Club, with its proud history and community focus, is enormous.
As a lifelong fan I am hugely honoured to have been given this opportunity and will do my utmost to repay the faith shown in me.
Tony Fitzpatrick - Director & CEO
Tony went on to make 458 appearances for the buddies in all competitions over two playing spells either side of a brief soujorn with Bristol City.
In the latter part of that second spell Tony captained the side that brought the Scottish Cup to Paisley in 1987 and then went on to become player manager in 1988.
Fitzy actually had two spells in the dug out with his beloved Saints before returning to the club for a fifth time, this time as Chief Executive, replacing Brian Caldwell in January 2016.
On completion of the SMiSA/Gordon Scott takeover in July of that year Tony joined the club board.
David Riley - Director
David has worked in the Transportation and Logistics industry for 36 years in various roles. For the last 20 years he has traveled extensively in his role as Global Process Manager with one of the world's leading courier, freight and logistics providers. He has experience in optimizing business process, managing change and improving customer service.
Gordon Scott - Director
Over the years my attention turned to playing amateur football but I always remained a fan. Then, many years later and after a chance conversation on the golf course, I suddenly found myself on the club board!
I am a joiner by trade. I started Laidlaw Scott in 1992 and sold it in 2006.
With a background in construction my main remit with Saints was to oversee the design and build of the new stadium assuming we could persuade the local council and a major supermarket chain to help realise that dream.
When we eventually got the nod for the stadium to start I set about visiting numerous other grounds to get ideas for our new home. I then tweaked the design in conjunction with the construction team appointed by Tesco to create the best possible stadium with the funds we had.
Having spent a couple of years helping to build the new St.Mirren stadium I then formed a property company in Las Vegas and a construction company in southern Spain.
I also did the general manager’s job for six months before Brian Caldwell's appointment when we reached the SPL. In that time we managed to get the deal signed with Renfrewshire Council for our future training ground.
My desire is to see us back where we belong at the top table of Scottish football and I firmly believe I can help achieve that, and then successfully deliver this club into the hands of the supporters.
Alan Wardrop Dip PFS,ACIBS,Certs CII(MP&ER) - Director
I was privileged to be introduced to St.Mirren by my father when Sir Alex Ferguson (or Fergie as he was then) was the Manager, building and producing a fantastic young Saints side with fabulous players such as Tony Fitzpatrick, Frank McGarvey and Billy Stark.
Sir Alex introduced a great youth system and invited all the local schools to send their best players for training with St.Mirren and I was lucky enough to kick a ball around with Fergie as a result.Cruelly overlooked, I still remained loyal to the Saints, enjoying Scottish Cup success in 1987 as a young man and 2013 League Cup success as a middle aged man.
I have been actively involved with Saints supporters groups and was a founder member and later Chairman of the St.Mirren supporters group The Fans Council, between 2013 and 2015.With the support of the board, supporters and the Fans Council, my vision to build a supporters club in a void area of the stadium became a reality with the opening of the SMFC 1877 Supporters Club in April 2016.
As a result of the fans buy out I was invited to join the new board of St.Mirren as a director in July 2016 by Chairman Gordon Scott.
Married to Ann with children Calum and Emma, I’m a financial adviser to trade and a Buddy for life.
The fire never dies and I’m St.Mirren till I die.
Alan is Managing Director and Co owner of Fitzroy Wealth Management Ltd in Glasgow.
His firm manage and advise clients on investments and pensions.The firm manage funds in excess of £200 million on behalf of their clients.
Chris Stewart - Director/Secretary
This ranges from representing players and staff at SFA disciplinary hearings to advising the Board on proposed changes to the SPFL constitution. In 2013 Chris provided the Club with strategic legal advice which resulted in the Board voting against the proposed 8-8-8 League Reconstruction.
Chris is a leading litigation partner and solicitor advocate with a major Scottish law practice, holding extended rights of audience in the country’s highest courts; Court of Session, Supreme Court and Privy Council.
Chris is recognised as a leading individual in his profession by the prestigious independent legal sector publication UK Legal 500.
Jim Gillespie - Director
Jim Gillespie is Chief Executive of Kibble Group, a leading child and youth care social business and charity. Through education, care, employability and therapeutic support, Kibble helps young people manage trauma, and empowers them to move forward and lead healthy, fulfilled lives.
Jim has extensive experience at senior leadership and director level, with comprehensive skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. Jim is committed to developing, improving and shaping services for the organisations he is involved with. He has a wealth of experience in providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments throughout the UK and further afield. Jim is an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders’ initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment. In 2006, Jim was awarded a Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and has an MBA.
In March 2021, Jim was named as the Club's new Vice Chairman.
Mark MacMillan - Director
Mark Macmillan is the Head of Corporate Services for Kibble Group. Responsible for supporting, developing and implementing Kibble’s strategy and managing and driving excellence across all aspects of the Kibble Group in relation to funding, marketing, communications and external relations.
Mark also has a background in politics and is the former Leader of Renfrewshire Council, stepping down from that Council in 2017. During his time as Leader he was at the forefront of the creation of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Paisley’s Bid to be UK City of Culture.
Mark previously sat on the Glasgow City Region Economic Leadership Board and was a Non-executive Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.