Billy Bowie is the owner and Managing Director of Billy Bowie Special Projects Limited based in Kilmarnock, not far from Rugby Park, but with extensive interests throughout the UK. The company provides a broad range of services and skills to local authorities and industry.
From its origins in 1991 with one vehicle, Billy Bowie Special Projects Limited has grown to own a modern fleet of over 150 specially equipped vehicles and employs over 70 staff locally at Moorfield Industrial Estate, Kilmarnock.
On his new role at the Club Billy had this to say:
At present, I am in the fortunate position that I can help the Club both financially and with my knowledge of the local community and I feel it's the right time to get behind the Club and its supporters. I hope that my involvement can help start a new chapter in the distinguished history of Scotland's oldest professional football club."
Mr Bowie is a lifelong Kilmarnock supporter and is married with two young sons. He is a Stewarton man, born and bred, and is proud of his Ayrshire roots.
Born in Kilmarnock, John spent his early school years at Galston Primary School before attending James Hamilton Secondary School in Kilmarnock.
John's working life saw him holding various positions within the well-known Kilmarnock company of Mitchell and Struthers, progressing to the position of managing director.
In 1999, John started his own Kilmarnock based contracting business of "JMK Groundcare" which became very successful, resulting in the company employing seventy five, mostly local, people. The business expanded and operated locally and nationally for 15 years.
Speaking about his new role John said:
A Kilmarnock man, Bill attended Loanhead Primary School where he played for the school football team then Kilmarnock Academy where he captained the 1st XV Rugby team.
I am honoured to be invited by the Directors to join them on the Board of Kilmarnock FC. I recently sold my contracting business and now find myself in the fortunate position of being able to invest both capital and time to help the Club.
With the help of the local community and the trusted Killie support, I hope we can reach new levels of success on the playing field."
He then played, including a period at the highest level, for Kilmarnock Rugby Football Club from 1967 to 1990.After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he spent several years in the profession and industry including ICI before setting up in public practice in Kilmarnock in 1981 as W. White & Company.
His practice in Bank Street, Kilmarnock was sold in 2016 and having retired from public practice as an accountant and financial adviser, he was pleased to invest his time and resources in Kilmarnock Football Club of which he has been a supporter for over 60 years.
Speaking about his appointment, Bill said:
“I am deeply proud and excited to be part of the current board which are dedicated to raising the profile of the club both on and off the pitch in Kilmarnock and Scotland.”