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THE TEAM

Led by our chief executive Derek Allison, meet the team who deliver on the Falkirk Foundation’s aims and objectives, ensuring it’s an effective, forward thinking charity working to support people in our community.

THE BOARD

Charles MacDonald

Chair of the Board
Charles is a partner in a long-established Dental Practice. He has been involved in the Falkirk community for many years, through Scouting, sport, golf and Falkirk Round Table, Falkirk Trinity Church, as well as other charities. Charles takes an interest in everything “Falkirk” and is proud to be the Chairman of the Board of Falkirk Football Community Foundation, being the only founder member still on the Board for 10 years. Charles has been a life-long Falkirk supporter – “expecting the unexpected”   (along with many of his generation).

Adele Mills

Vice Chair
Adele joined the Foundation in 2012 and is now our Vice Chair. Having worked for Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank and Virgin Money she brings a wealth of experience in marketing, PR and communications. Adele’s career has focused on negotiating, developing strategies and leading large scale commercial and community sponsorships, including partnerships with SPFL, Scottish FA, Newcastle United Foundation, the Foundation of Light (Sunderland FC), Edinburgh Rugby and the SRU.

Craig Sinclair

Board Member/Treasurer
Born in Falkirk he has proudly supported his local team with the number one item on his bucket to see Falkirk lift the Scottish Cup!

Studying Accountancy at Aberdeen University, he went on to train as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Glasgow.

On the Board since 2011 he provides the Foundation with financial advice and support.  Passionate about the Foundation and the positive impact it has in the local community. Proud of all it has achieved in its first 10 years and looking forward to continuing this good work to ensure the next 10 years are just as special!

Bryan McCarthy

Board Member
My name is Bryan McCarthy. I’ve been a board member for the Falkirk Foundation for 3 years and recently joined the board of directors for Woodlands. I have been working in the Forth Valley as a Community Pharmacist for the last 14 years and I have lived in Falkirk for over 33 years. Throughout this time I have continually been involved in sport through playing and then more recently coaching. From gracing the football pitch for Gairdoch United as a boy to the over 35s league, I loved every minute.

John Gold

Board Member
John was appointed onto the board in April 2020. John is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and is a partner in an accountancy firm in Stirling. John is also a trustee and treasurer of another charity based in the Forth Valley which provides financial support to people in crisis in the Forth Valley area. John has two teenage children, one of whom plays for one of the Foundation’s community teams. In his spare time John follows the Bairns, enjoys running, is a member of Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club and is a former Chairman of Falkirk Round Table.

THE TEAM

Derek Allison

Chief Executive

Derek joined us in April of 2021 as the Chief Executive officer and works with the board of trustees to lead and deliver on the aims and objectives of the Foundation.

He has 25 years of experience as a police officer and joined us form the SPFL Trust where he was Operations Manager for the past 6 years.

Dianne Dixon

Business Operations Manager
Dianne joined the Foundation in 2021, leading and managing operations across our charity. Previous experience includes over 20 years of work in the public and charity sector with a focus on corporate services.

Chris McGill

Facility Operations Manager

Chris joined the Foundation in April 2011 as a volunteer coach of our community team and junior academy programmes. Chris then went full time with the Foundation in June 2016 and currently manages the Woodlands Games Hall facility and Community Pitch operations.

Dave Mackay

Football Development Officer

Dave Joined the Foundation in April 2015 as the Football Development Officer. Dave leads on boy’s football, safeguarding, disability participation and coach education.

Dave joined us from a similar role he held at St. Mirren FC, having previously worked at Celtic FC & Streetleague.

Stephanie Dawson

Business Support Officer

Stephanie joined the Foundation in March 2016 and currently leads on Baby/Mini Bairns, Girls & Women’s Community Teams, Junior Academy, Holiday Camps and In-school coaching. Stephanie has been involved in football for the last 9 years, having previously worked at Celtic, Arsenal & Motherwell FC.

Gareth Davies

Administrator
Gareth joined the Foundation in January 2019 providing administrative support for our core team along with carrying out day to day admin duties.  Previously volunteered within British Heart Foundation providing administrative support to the management team and worked for the Falkirk Football Club within the retail and ticketing office.

Joe Whittington

Education Development Officer
Joe joined the Foundation in 2021, overseeing delivery of its education programmes. Previously a player liaison officer at Manchester United, he has a background in teaching further, secondary and primary education.

Grant Ferguson

Physical Activities and Wellbeing Officer
Grant joined us as our Physical Activities and Wellbeing Officer in July, 2021.He has worked in football at a national level working with all 42 SPFL clubs as Project Co-ordinator with SPFL Trust. Grant will be overseeing the delivery of Falkirk Foundation’s Education programmes whilst incorporating Sport and Physical Activity as a key part of these.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Get in touch with us to find out more about our programmes or to join our community team.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We work with local and national partners to provide innovative programmes that engage people across all age groups and backgrounds. We also manage some local facilities that support community activity.
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    Community football for children and young adults

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    Targeted physical activity programmes for children and adolescents with mental health issues

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    Exercise & nutrition programmes to help reduce obesity and improve health outcomes

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    Delivery of SQA qualifications to students that do not engage well with the traditional delivery model of education

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    Holiday activity camps for school pupils

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    Employment support programmes to build confidence and support people back to work

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    Falkirk Foundation Community Pitch (All weather pitch located next to Falkirk Football Stadium)

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    Woodlands Community Sports (Leisure facility with games hall, community rooms and an all-weather pitch)

OUR VALUES

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Welcoming

To everyone, always

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Honest

About what we do and the way we do it

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Ambitious

In our drive to succeed

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Passionate

About what we do and in how we do it