BREAKING NEWS: Ayr United chairman resigns

Published: 12 Mar 2008 15:35

AYR United chairman Donald Cameron has resigned after 20 years with the Somerset Park club - with his son Lachlan taking over.

At Monday night"s board meeting, Donald Cameron confirmed his decision to retire as Chairman of Ayr United Football Club.

Donald has been a director for almost 20 years and has served as chairman since 2005. He has overseen the club through some difficult times and some exciting times with the work on planning, designing and funding of the new stadium being a particular highlight.

He became the majority shareholder in 2003. Donald said that, in spite of the difficulties, he was pleased to have kept the club sufficiently stable and solvent during the last five years to allow it to look towards a future of progress through the Scottish Leagues coupled with the development of 21st century facilities for the team, its supporters and the community of South Ayrshire.

Donald, from his office in the United States said that he believed it was the right time to retire as it is his opinion that now that the stadium project is leaving the planning stages and entering the building stages the decisions regarding the future of the club should be made by those 'on the ground'. He wished his successor and the AUFC board and team great success in all its future activities.

With Donald Cameron"s decision to retire from the Ayr United board of directors, the board have announced the appointment of Lachlan Cameron as chairman.

Lachlan has been performing the role of Managing Director since he re-located with his family, from California to Ayrshire in the summer of 2005. Lachlan will continue to perform this role in tandem with his Chairmanship of the board.

Lachlan said: 'I am delighted to be given the opportunity to pick up the baton and lead us from here. This is an exciting time for all of us involved with Ayr United and the next few years could and should change the future of this club in its standing within Scottish football.'

Lachlan was born and raised in Pasadena, California to two Scottish parents in 1970 and has been coming back home to their family home on the Isle of Islay every year since.

His first association with the club came in the late 1980s when his father Donald joined the Ayr United board.

In 2005 he jumped at the opportunity to leave California and move to Scotland with his wife and two children to take on the role of managing director at the club. They have settled in Ayr and are looking forward to the next few years of Ayr United history.

Stockbroker by trade, Lachlan has also been involved in football from the age of five, through college and adulthood, the highlight being participation in the MBA world cup while achieving his Masters at Cranfield University.

He has coached at the recreational youth, High School and Club level youth in the United States and is currently coaching a U-13 girls team here in Ayr. He holds an SFA Youth Award. and is a level 3 coach on the child pathway and is about to start on the SFA"s highest youth level course, the level 5 Youth License.

The Honest Men has also announced that Alex Ingram will become vice chairman and David Quayle is the new ompany secretary.

Lachlan added: 'I am very pleased that Alex has accepted this appointment. I value greatly his knowledge and experience of both the local business community and the Scottish game and I look forward to working closely with him on the exciting projects we have for the coming years.'

David is a partner in a local accountancy firm and former board member of AUFC.

Lachlan said: 'It is great to have David back as company secretary. The experience he has in this role will ensure that we continue with the corporate stability and standards that we have developed over the last few years.'

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