Karen Macartney has been appointed Chief Executive of Raith Rovers FC.
The appointment of Karen to this role is with immediate effect – Karen is already working with the Board, staff and volunteers to develop new opportunities. 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.
The new Chief Executive has the full support of the Boards of both Raith Rovers and Stark’s Park Properties (who are the majority shareholder in Raith Rovers FC). Majority shareholder John Sim said: “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 SME’s, 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. The Board and I are delighted to welcome her to the Club.’
Having been involved in sport all her life (coupled with being an avid sports fan), Karen Macartney is delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference at Stark’s Park. She commented: “Significant progress has been made at Raith Rovers FC this season, especially the team’s outstanding performance in the SPFL Championship. Furthermore, 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 – Volunteers, Supporters, Staff and the board of directors – in helping them to achieve their ‘goals! on and off the park”!
Welcome Aboard Karen!