The Trust board had a useful and constructive meeting with Steve Borley, a director of Cardiff City.
Steve, who attended the board meeting in a personal capacity, had accepted an invitation following comments made on Twitter last month after the Trust published a statement asking the club to set out its vision going forward.
The informal meeting looked at ways of improving communications between the club, the Trust and supporters generally. The dialogue was positive and it was agreed that better engagement would benefit everyone. Steve agreed to make himself available via email or phone to Trust members to pose questions or relay matters of concern.
Among the issues raised by Steve was how the Trust could help the work of the Cardiff Community Foundation and Academy and other initiatives. It was agreed there was a need for regular dialogue between senior club executives and the Trust and the importance of keeping fans informed of developments within the club and Steve promised to assist in the process.
Steve reaffirmed the commitment of Tan Sri Vincent Tan to Cardiff City Football Club. He was optimistic that with a few changes of personnel the Bluebirds could have a good season in 2015-16.
The issue was also raised of supporter representation on the club board but Steve felt it would be difficult to achieve because of the current structure model of the club with a single owner. But, he accepted, that good communications between fans and the club through the Trust and Supporter’s Club was crucial and vital for the club going forward. He also stated he wished for better collaboration and will look to make sure all parties are involved in end of season events and fans’ forums.
Trust board members stressed that they wanted to see a successful Cardiff City and wanted to work with the club. But chair Tim Hartley said that the Trust would continue to raise issues of concern among fans and act as a “critical friend” when necessary. Steve accepted that and the club will continue to invite the Trust and Supporters Club to provide their views at an appropriate forum.