Well-come on board as society shapes up

'Well Society board is now made up of (l-r) Sandy Kilpatrick, Tom Feely, Graham Barnstaple, Dee Cameron, Brian McCafferty, Derek Watson and Colin Macinnes
'Well Society board is now made up of (l-r) Sandy Kilpatrick, Tom Feely, Graham Barnstaple, Dee Cameron, Brian McCafferty, Derek Watson and Colin Macinnes

THE ’Well Society will press ahead with the process of electing two Motherwell FC directors after completing their own board line-up.

Three new members have been co-opted on to the board of the group, who are aiming to raise the £1.5 million needed to take a controlling stake in the club.

Derek Watson, who works for Motherwell FC’s Community Trust, becomes the youngest member at the age of 23, while Dee Cameron is the first woman

Colin Macinnes, a consultant in Clydesdale Bank’s private and business banking sector, was also appointed by the four board members who were voted into their positions in October.

Derek is a community engagement officer based at Fir Park and plays bass guitar in Motherwell band The Banter Thiefs, who will support The View on tour next month.

He said: ““It’s very important that the younger generation are involved in the ’Well Society, that they have an input and are being listened to.”

Dee is practice manager of the Glasgow-based Buckingham Clinic and previously worked in the sponsors’ lounge at Fir Park.

She said: “We have fans with great hearts and even greater spirits.

“The fans can put the club on a sound financial footing for future generations.”

Colin added: “I first saw Motherwell back in the mid-1960s when my grandfather took me to my first match.

“If we want to ensure that football is there for future generations we need to make this work.

“The days of the individual benefactor are gone. It will fall on individual supporters to keep their clubs going.”

The three new members join chairman Graham Barnstaple, secretary Tom Feely, Brian McCafferty and Sandy Kilpatrick.

So far the ’Well Society have raised almost £400,000 and have a 15 per cent stake in the club as they look ultimately to take on the majority shareholding which former chairman John Boyle donated to the club.

Elections for two new member representatives on the board of the club will be held in the coming weeks.