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Blazing a trail at the SFA.

Byline: | Gordon Waddell

The Scottish FA's board is perceived to be the last true bastion of blazerdom - but they've gone through a quiet revolution in recent times.

Only president Alan McRae and vice-president Rod Petrie remain of the committee culture which has held them back.

Gradually in their place has come a new wave, and with Stewart Regan now gone - the chief exec held one of eight places on the board - the remaining five have served less than five years between them.

Here's the rundown on the non-blazer-wearing blazers who finally upset the status quo on Thursday. Mike Mulraney (Alloa) A multi-millionaire who owns 90 per cent of Alloa Athletic. He has served on the SPL and SPFL boards, and is now on both the Professional Game Board and the SFA's Main Board.

Ian Maxwell (Partick Thistle) An ex-player who became general manager of the Jags in 2011 and has gradually risen to prominence.

As well as an SFA Main Board member, he's on the Competitions Working Group with the SPFL and also on the sub-committee Regan charged to find suitable alternatives to Michael O'Neill.

Thomas McKeown (Scottish Amateur FA) Took over as national secretary for the Amateur FA in 2013 after two decades of service to the Scottish grassroots game, and presides over 30,000 players at that level.

Gary Hughes (non-executive director) Became the second nonexec appointed to the board. An operating executive with Apax Partners LLP, his role replaced the archaic 'second vice-president' position.

Ana Stewart (non-executive director) Replaced Barrie Jackson, who had become the first non-exec appointed to the SFA board back in 2011.

The first woman on the board, Stewart is a respected pioneer in innovation technologies and a former Scottish Young Entrepreneur of the year.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 4, 2018
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