The CUOSC Board

The Board can consist of a minimum of eight directors, up to a maximum of twelve. Each board member is requird to serve a period of three years before stepping down and seeking re-election. Elections occur each year at the Annual General Meeting.


Frank Beattie (Chair & Project Lead – Corporates)

Former sales manager for a building supplies company. Long standing supporter.

Alastair Woodcock (Secretary, non board member)

Fan since 1972. Founder of the CUFC Online website in 1995. Season ticket holder in the East Stand. IT professional. Stood down as a board member at the 2014 AGM, continues as secretary.

Jim Mitchell (CUOSC Representative on Carlisle United AFC Board)

Manic lifelong Carlisle United fan. Still love the match day experience and all that goes with it, including the crack and beer/cider. A Trust member from its inception and a CUOSC Board member for the last three years. Also Chair of CUFC’s Community Sports Trust. I hope we can play a part in better connecting the football club with the community, bringing in significant investment tied in with much needed succession planning and generally helping Carlisle United to move closer to reaching its potential.

Jack Oddie (Communications /Media/Diversity)

Self-employed business professional. Owns business in communications/media based in the North East, specialising in radio advertising. Fan for many years. Joined Board as a co-optee in December 2019.

Malcolm Nugent (Press Officer)

Malcolm worked as a professional journalist for many years. He joined the board of CUOSC in 2017. He currently writes the weekly articles for the News & Star and contributes articles to the weekly briefing and website.

Norman Steel (Project Lead – Corporates)

A fan of well over 60 years standing. Retired company director. In earlier years was a regular in the Paddock and have been a season ticket holder for many years. CUOSC has a hugely significant role to play both for the Supporters and within Club circles. It has become crystal clear over the last couple of years when expressions of investment interest came to light that the Club is financially unsustainable unless change is introduced to the way it is run. Those changes have ‘begun’ and CUOSC has demonstrated it’s willingness to negotiate with potential new investors over its own share percentage and other matters not only in the best interests of the Club but also it’s membership. In this regard there remains much work to be done to secure the Club’s long term well being.

Billy Atkinson (CUFC Holdings Board Rep – Commercial & Marketing)

Local businessman. Involved with Trust since 2006. I look after finance for the Upperby Community Development Centre. Passionate about the Blues. Joined the Holdings Board at the start of 2017.

Kyle Sproat (Social Media & Youth)

Avid Carlisle United fan since birth, with an academic background in marketing. Currently working in the water industry. Been going in the Paddock for 10 years now, prior to that was an East Stand regular. Hoping to attract younger fans to sign up as members. I believe all Trusts need to be as inclusive as possible.

Mark Middling (Finances, governance & fan Engagement)

Mark is based in the North East and has worked for the last year or so on a university thesis on football club governance, including supporter engagement. He also has some experience in financial management.

Carol Wilson (Commercial & Marketing)

School teacher and manager of Upperby Community Centre. Committed to community stake in Carlisle United FC.

Nigel Davidson (Vice Chair & Communications /CUSG Rep/Diversity)

A lifelong Blues supporter, now based in Hexham after having lived away from the area for a number of years.

I joined the board after returning to the area again in 2013 and wishing to get more involved in helping increase support for the club and build a stronger voice for supporters, which our two club directors do on a daily basis.

Formerly Communications and Media director, I am currently focusing on Diversity & Inclusion and working with the Football Supporters Association and Kick It Out on various projects at Carlisle United and across the country.