Introducing the Society’s new Finance Director, Carol Findlay
Carol was born and brought up in Dundee, educated first at Hillside Primary and then Menzieshill High. She has been a Dee since the mid seventies when she began attending games with a group of friends. "Those were the days," she reminisces. "No seats; just steps and railings. There was no segregation and at half-time the home and away supporters used to change ends, passing one another in the Derry with little or no trouble, just bags of good natured banter."
She has been a season ticket holder for years, and when she started bringing her son to games she moved from the Derry to the Bobby Cox Stand when it opened as the facilities there were better. They have sat in those same seats ever since.
Carol has been married to Roddy, also a Dee, for 30 years and they have two grown up children, both of whom, she is pleased to say, are of the Dark Blue persuasion. "To be honest," she says, "they probably didn’t have any choice in the matter!"
Roddy’s job took the family to Forfar and they’ve lived there for twenty-five years. The family joined the Forfar Dark Blues and both Roddy and Carol joined the committee. Both have served for a number of years now, Carol as treasurer and Roddy as secretary. Forfar Dark Blues run a bus to home games and Carol does the organising. As for her interest in finance, that goes back a long way.
"I work in the family business and am responsible for keeping the accounts, operating the pay-roll and undertaking general administration duties," she explained. "When I started this job, many years ago, I had no experience in finance but had an aptitude for numbers so decided to gain some qualifications in order to help my position. I went to college for two years before attending university for a further two years, graduating from Abertay University in July 2012 with an honours degree in Accounting with Finance, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both college and university.
"I had no thoughts of serving on the Society board as, to be honest, I was like a lot of supporters who had lost trust and faith in the DFCSS. However, at a meeting at the West End Social Club in Forfar I was very impressed with the plans of the group known then as the Development Committee. It was really refreshing to listen to guys without an agenda. They spoke from the heart and their only interest was in our beloved club. Mike Jeffries later approached me about helping the finance team and I made it known I would be happy to help in a minor role. This is hardly minor though!"