Partick Thistle appoint first woman to board in club’s 139 year history

Partick Thistle have announced the appointment of communications professional, Jacqui Low, to the club’s board.

Jacqui is understood to be only the third woman to hold a board level position in the Scottish Premiership, following in the footsteps of Justine Mitchell at Dundee United and Anne Budge at Hearts.

The buinesswoman’s is the first female board member in the club’s 139 year history.

Welcoming her to the club, chairman David Beattie, said: “Having got to know Jacki over the last couple of years, her clear strategic thinking, business skills and significant board experience elsewhere will prove extremely useful to Thistle. Her 30 years’ communications experience is also invaluable to the club, as she will be working closely with our media and communications department to make sure the great work that the club does, with schemes like Kids Go Free and Football Fans in Training, reaches the largest number of people possible.

“It was also important to us that we introduced diversity to the board at this club. It’s always been an all-male Board and that simply does not represent the demographic of our fans. We’re working hard to show that football is not the masculine dominated domain that it used to be.”

Low is executive chair of Edinburgh-based communications consultancy Indigo. She said: “It’s an honour to join the board at Thistle. I’ve shadowed the board for the last six months to be sure that this position was the right move for me and the club. I wouldn’t have accepted the role if I didn’t think I could make a difference, or if I thought this was a token gesture, but I certainly like what I have seen so far.”