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We are a group of Scotland supporters who run TACC in our spare time. We are helped by a small army of fellow fans, but the committee consists of the following...

 

TACC Board and Trustees

  

David Dickson - Trustee

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David lives in Prestonpans and works as a civil engineer in between planning his Scotland trips.  He started attending Scotland games just in time for the Berti Vogts era kicking off so some of the luminaries he has seen in dark blue would drive a lesser man to drink.

 

His first away game was against Italy in the San Siro in 2005 and although the result wasn't what he hoped for it didn't diminish his enthusiasm and he tries to attend as many matches as his wife and children allow.

 

David has supported TACC for several years, arranging charity nights and football matches to raise money as well as taking part in events such as the Kiltwalk.  He is keen to contribute to the ongoing success of TACC after being approached to become a trustee.

 

Jim Hart - Chairman

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Jim was born and bred on Clydeside and played as a lad in the ruins of the Clydebank blitz. He graduated as a geologist from Glasgow and spent 3 years on the Zambian Copperbelt. He returned to the U.K. and worked in London with Texaco as an exploration manager, with responsibilities across Europe, before moving into Business Planning in Aberdeen.

 

Now retired and living in Speyside, Jim is a member of the Bus Pass Tartan Army and engaged in a variety of Speyside-based charity projects. He is married to the lovely June for over 40 years and going strong, and has a son living in Canada and a daughter and 3 young grandchildren in Bucks.

 

Jim is a lifelong Scotland supporter and prior to becoming a TACC trustee he attended many TACC overseas donations. He also organized the first Speyside Kiltwalk on behalf of TACC. Jim became a trustee in 2014, secretary in 2015 and since January 2016 accepted the honour of being chairman.

 

Derek Clark - Trustee

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Derek was born and bred near Hampden Park and still lives in the area.

 

His first Scotland away trip was at the 1998 World Cup in France. He is a longstanding member of the Scotland Supporters Club and has attended over 25 away games.

 

Derek enjoys golf and plays the bagpipes, and follows rugby.

 

He has been a supporter of TACC for some time, and makes bucket collections for the charity prior to home games at his local, The Clockwork Beer Company.

 

Leah Farrer - Trustee

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Leah is from Penicuik and a mum of 5.  Despite running a very busy family home, Leah is always looking to help others and has been involved in different fundraising initiatives.

 

Due to her own personal circumstances in having a child with exceptional needs who has experienced a lengthy stay in hospital, she has a strong passion for the rights and welfare of children and young people.  Via an initiative Leah took on last year as part of her fundraising team, Team Aine, with various foodbanks around Scotland, she has a specific interest in children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

Prior to being a full time stay at home Mum, Leah worked at the University of Edinburgh and NHS Borders in Melrose.  Leah became aware of the amazing work TACC did through her involvement with the Kiltwalk and was delighted to be invited to join the board and become a Trustee. 

 

Mandy Monaghan - Trustee

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Mandy is based in Glasgow and works as a physiotherapist for NHS Ayrshire & Arran. She was brought up in Carnoustie and started following football at an early age, supporting Dundee United and Scotland.

 

Amsterdam 2009 was her induction to Scotland away trips and despite the score on that occasion, many more Scotland trips have followed. This has provided the opportunity to attend several of the TACC overseas donations

 

Mandy was a TACC supporter for several years before being invited to be a Trustee. She had always loved seeing how the generosity of the Tartan Army made a difference to so many underprivileged children at home and abroad so when the opportunity arose to become more actively involved, she was thrilled to join TACC. 

 

 

Sam Currie - Trustee

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  Sam lives in Penicuik and works in Edinburgh for the Scottish Parliament.

 

  She has been a Scotland fan for as long as she can remember and has very fond memories of shouting at the telly,

  and cheering Scotland on with her mum and dad from a young age.

 

  Her first away trip was Italy in 2007 and she was bitten by the away trip bug.

  Unfortunately due to work, she can't get to away games as often as she would like.

 

  Sam has been a long time supporter of TACC and was absolutely delighted to become a trustee.

 

Dot Wilson - Secretary

 

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Dot lives in Kinghorn, Fife, but hails from Glasgow originally.  She's been a member of the Scotland Supporters Club since 2003 but was attending Scotland games long before that.  Her first official away trip as a member of the SSC was Germany v Scotland in 2003 and she's attended over 50 away games since then - so it's safe to say she's been well and truly bitten by the Scotland bug.


Dot became a TACC trustee in 2015 having organised donations in both Georgia and Gibraltar during that year as a TACC Ambassador.  However, she's been involved in Tartan Army charity work since visiting a children's ward in an Estonian hospital in 2004.  Over the years, probably one of her strongest memories was seeing children in a Moldovan orphanage taste Irn Bru for the first time during a visit by over 40 kilted foot soldiers - afterwards the charity running the orphanage said that the kids were very excited by the visit from the 'men in dresses'.

 

John McKendrick - Trustee

 

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Professor John McKendrick is from the dark side.  He was admitted to the Scottish FA senior list of referees in 2000 and has been a Category One referee for eleven seasons.

 

His funniest moment as a referee was many years’ ago in Dalmellington. Craigmark Burtonians had ended the match with seven players, with four players sent off in the aftermath of one of their players being punched from an opponent from Irvine Victoria in an off-the-ball incident.  It becomes clear what has happened, but as play was being followed, the off-the-ball incident was out-of-view and no action could be taken. The offending player was quickly substituted, but it all went Pete Tong for the remainder of the match. On leaving the park at the end of the match, there is a wall of noise and then it all goes quiet, which allows a conversation to be overheard between two Burtonians’ supporters. Says one to the other, “I don’t know how the referee missed it, it was right behind his back”. Priceless!

 

When John is not avoiding the shops on a Saturday or spending time with his children (Lauren, aged 26; Corrie, aged 21; and Morven, aged 7) and grandchildren (baby Finn), he is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, specialising in the study of tackling child poverty and promoting children’s play. He is also on the Board of Directors for Play Scotland.

Rory Holmes - Trustee

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Rory is the baby of the group and lives in Kilsyth.  He is studying Accounting and Business Studies whilst also working as a civil servant.  These two commitments tend to take a back seat though when it comes to international breaks and planning the next away trip.  When his dream of playing for Scotland didn’t quite go to plan he had to resort to dreaming of watching the national side at a major tournament. As you can tell he’s been dreaming for quite a while now!
 
His first experience of TACC was when Rory and a few others decided whilst on a 17.5 hour bus journey to Luxembourg for a friendly that it would be a wise idea to cycle to Wembley to raise funds.  Rory loved the challenge and has since raised funds via various challenges and events, however, rumour has it he still uses a rubber ring to sit down following the cycle :>)
 
Since then his relationship with TACC has continued to blossom, attending donations abroad and he was delighted to have previously been a TACC Ambassador. He is proud to become TACC’s youngest ever trustee and is excited to see what the future holds for the charity!

 

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