It was announced yesterday that Justine Mitchell had stepped down from the Dundee United board, a decision that was ratified at a board meeting today. The decision comes after the club were knocked out the Scottish Cup Semi-Final, and look like they will be relegated from the Scottish Premiership.
The reasons for her stepping down from the board are slightly unclear, although things may be clarified over the coming days.
Her statement on Twitter states that she still remains a shareholder in the club and that she is stepping down to focus on the club’s community programme and the newly formed women’s team.
I have resigned as director of Dundee Utd. I remain a shareholder, fan & am committed to my work with the community & DUWFC @dundeeunitedfc
— Justine Mitchell (@justinedufc) April 17, 2016
Now whilst there is confusion about the circumstances, as Tartan Kicks is a Women’s Football magazine, let’s focus on the Women’s Football side.
Dundee United Women were recently formed and have started the SWFL (Scottish Women’s Football League) Second Division East on fire, winning their first five matches, scoring 39 goals whilst conceding just five goals. They also have a Scottish Women’s Cup First Round tie against Blackburn United to look forward to.
If this decision allows Justine Mitchell to focus more of her attention on developing the Women’s club, it has to be a positive thing. If the SWPL reconstruction is going to work in the long-term, it requires strong clubs in the SWFL system being promoted into the SWPL 2 with the ability to being competitive at first and then reach the top-flight.
Mitchell is a non-executive director of the Scottish Women’s Football board, having joined in November 2015 in time to assist with the trophy presentation for the Scottish Women’s Cup. She is the owner of an Edinburgh-based luxury day spa called Chamomile Sanctuary and is both a member of the Scottish FA Congress and Scottish FA Judicial Panel. She has also supported Dundee United for more than 30 years.