Raith Rovers appoint Karen Macartney as club's new chief executive

Raith Rovers have appointed Karen Macartney as the club’s new chief executive.

By Allan Crow
Sunday, 9th May 2021, 2:05 pm
Starks Park, home of Raith Rovers Football Club
Starks Park, home of Raith Rovers Football Club

She has started her new role at Stark’s Park with immediate effect.

The new chief executive has the full support of the boards of Raith Rovers and Stark’s Park Properties

John Sim, majority shareholder, said her immediate focus is to strengthen the infrastructure off the playing field, with the long term focus being to develop partnerships in the community and Scottish Football.

Mr Sim added: “This season has presented many unique challenges for everyone.

"Against this background, we have delivered a tremendous performance on the field. As the lockdown restrictions ease, the board are keen that we maintain momentum both on and off the field, and this requires further developing all aspects of our business model.

“Karen’s strengths lie in her extensive business and sporting experience.

“This includes supporting SMEs, working with corporates, and with both grassroots and professional sports organisations.

“We are confident that she will lead the team off the field to further success.”

Karen said she was delighted to start in her new role, adding: “Significant progress has been made at Raith Rovers this season, especially the team’s outstanding performance in the SPFL Championship.

“We have a great platform upon which to continue to build Raith Rovers in the community, while continuing to support the other members of the Raith family.

“I have been impressed with the commitment to, and the roles that are undertaken by the volunteer team that supports Raith Rovers, together with the hard work and loyalty from the staff, sponsors and fans.

“There is no doubt that there will be some tough times ahead both on and off the pitch as we continue to come out of lockdown.

“However, I am looking forward to this exciting challenge and to working alongside the RRFC family in helping them to achieve their goals on and off the park.”

Yesterday Rovers triumphed over rivals Dunfermline Athletic in the quarter-finals of the Premier League play-offs.

They now face Dundee in a semi-final showdown.

The club also marked the weekend with its annual awards, which were staged virtually to comply with pandemic regulations.

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