Laurel Chadwick (1929-2023)

Kilmarnock Football Club wishes to send condolences to the family of former Director Laurel Chadwick, who sadly passed away last week at the age of 94.

Scotland’s first female football Director, Laurel was not only a transformative figure during the redevelopment years of Rugby Park, but a trailblazer for equality within the nation’s boardrooms.

Following a successful takeover of the club by the Fleeting/Moffat consortium, Laurel became a director of Kilmarnock FC in January 1990; originally joining her son-in-law and club Chairman, Bobby Fleeting, on the Board.

Laurel remained on the Board throughout a revolutionary period for the club, serving a six-year term until 1996. Her contribution extended beyond the boardroom, having invested heavily in the rebuilding of Rugby Park during the 1994/95 season: Laurel’s legacy was honoured through naming of the ground’s Chadwick Stand.

As part of a fitting tribute within a stadium which Laurel helped to develop, the club would like to encourage supporters to join a one-minute applause prior to Sunday’s match against Aberdeen.

Jim Moffat (left) and Bobby Fleeting (right) alongside Laurel Chadwick