At present I am vice-chairman of Supporters’ Direct which is the umbrella body for supporters’ trusts in Europe. It is in this capacity that I feel that I can offer most to our Trust; both by keeping Trust Board members up to date with developments on the football governance front and by enabling our Trust to have a voice on matters of importance to all trusts.
I am still fully committed to what I consider to be the four main aims of the Trust.
These aims are:
- To represent the views of our members and to ensure effective dialogue between them and Cardiff City AFC;
- To increase supporters’ influence and to campaign for supporter representation on the Club board;
- To help strengthen the links, understanding and cooperation between the Club, its supporters and the community it serves;
- To work with stake-holders, opinion-formers, other supporters’ bodies and organisations so that the Trust is known as a positive, inclusive and representative group.
The main challenges I see that lie ahead are 1] to increase the membership of the Trust and 2] to improve the way that we communicate generally and with our membership in particular. This is where I think that, in the coming year, our time and effort should be focussed.
Working closely with other groups the Trust has had its successes. Think of the campaign to return to blue colours, a fairer pricing policy, the Memorial Garden and the Fred Keenor Statue. The Trust has also staged many successful social events both at the Stadium and in the fans’ communities With your support, I look forward to the continuation of this level of activity.