Hearts today appointed a second fan representative to the club’s board as Foundation of Hearts director Brian Cormack joined the Tynecastle hierarchy.
Cormack, a founding member of FoH, joins Foundation chairman Ian Murray MP as the voice of the fans in the Hearts boardroom.
Owner Ann Budge is keen to strengthen links between the club and supporters and intends to hand control to the Foundation within four years. She welcomed Cormack on to the club board after Foundation directors proposed him as their second representative.
Cormack is a 51-year-old Edinburgh businessman who works in property. He is a lifelong fan and is one of the original five who established Foundation of Hearts back in 2010. He now takes his place on the Hearts board alongside Budge, Murray, operations director Eric Hogg and director of football Craig Levein.
“It is an honour to be asked by the FoH board, and it was accepted by Ann and the Hearts board – so it’s fantastic,” said Cormack. “There is already a strong relationship between both FoH and the club and this only strengthens that.
“Ann has said that she feels the club and the Foundation are one, and that’s exactly how we feel. Now, together, one of our main priorities will be to increase the number of supporters backing the club by pledging to the Foundation.
“Ann has repeatedly emphasised how vital this is to the club’s well-being, and we will continue to work to get this message out to all Hearts fans.”
Foundation of Hearts have more than 8000 members donating cash every month, which helps fund the Edinburgh club. Upon taking control of Hearts last year, Budge stated that two Foundation members would become directors inside 12 months. Murray and Cormack will be working closely with Budge, Hogg and Levein to help Hearts prepare to return to the Scottish Premiership.