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Chairman Jim Panton started his relationship with Heart of Midlothian FC. in 2009 when as Chief Executive of Erskine he was part of the very successful 2 year partnership between Hearts and Erskine.  Prior to that, as a former Army helicopter pilot, Jim was Chief Executive of PoppyScotland during the re-branding of that organisation from the Earl Haig Fund Scotland.  Alongside his current role with Big Hearts, he is now Chief Executive of his family’s engineering firm, Panton McLeod, and a Trustee of the International education charity COCO, which he co-founded in 2000 with former Olympic athlete Steve Cram.

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Lawrence Broadie is an experienced commercial, marketing and communications leader, who works across sport, community engagement and education and is extensively connected within Scottish football. A former head of marketing at Hearts until 2011, more recently he acted as consultant to the Foundation of Hearts in their campaign to secure Hearts’ future out of administration.

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Billy Watson is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and joined the board of Big Hearts in 2014. Billy is a life long Hearts fan and brings a host of experience in from not for profit organisations, including ten years in various roles with the RNIB culminating in 4 years as Group Director there before his move to SAMH in 2008.

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Tim Gardiner operates as a freelance Finance Director or Non-executive Director for a number of SMEs. Tim is the former Managing Director of Mackies at Taypack (Mackies Crisps), immediately prior to that role he was Group Financial Director at Taylors Food Group, Between 2003 and 2009 he was Financial Director and Company Secretary of The Hibernian Football Club. His career incorporates senior financial positions within a multitude of industries – real estate development, distribution, healthcare, water quality, manufacturing, horticulture, data analytics, financial services and professional sports.

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Ann Budge – who hardly needs any introduction, is the current owner and Chairperson of Heart of Midlothian FC. Ann is the first majority shareholder of the football club to sit on the Big Hearts board.  Her willingness to be part of the Big Hearts Board is just another indicator of Ann’s dedication to the broader community impact that she is looking for from the Club’s overall activities.

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David Sellar QC is the latest addition to the Board and has done company and insolvency work for some 30 years with much of that taking place in the City of London.  He has been a partner in a solicitors’ firm in Scotland and also taught at Edinburgh University. Much of David Sellar’s work is advisory.