Atholl Henderson retires as CEO of Saints in the Community


Today, the Chief Executive Officer of The St Johnstone Community Trust, Atholl Henderson, retires.

A former football player, coach, and most recently head of the St. Johnstone Football Club community department and subsequent Community Trust, Atholl has been a great servant of the Club and Trust over many years and has helped improve lives across the whole county.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Atholl was considered to set a standard within the Scottish FA, leading by example how to establish and nurture a Community Scheme in Perth, something which was replicated across the country. He has made significant inputs to the development of players and football coaches across Scotland and has been highly regarded as a mentor to many.

Atholl was instrumental in the move to convert the Club's award-winning Community Department into the Community Trust - an independent organisation with charitable status. In the five and a half years since our launch, Atholl has led and developed football and social-benefit projects, culminating in winning the prestigious Scottish FA 'Best Professional Club in the Community' Award in 2020 and more recently, the regional 'Best Para-Football Project' award.

Last week, a group of Community Trust Trustees, staff and volunteers alongside Club staff, were able to meet outside and surprise him with well wishes and gifts. The media team spoke with Atholl too, discussing his achievements and sharing tributes:

"I'm very proud of what's happened... it's been a massive part of my life and I will certainly miss it"

Atholl and the team have discussed ideas and opportunities for where Saints in the Community goes next and we look forward to developing these and bringing them to the community.

But for now, to our boss and friend... Atholl, we wish you a long and enjoyable retirement and we would like to sincerely thank you for your support, guidance and leadership; put the feet up and we look forward to our Costa Catch-up's!