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It’s great that the ownership issues have been resolved, that the team are on the up and there is a positive feel and outlook at St. Andrews. This allows the Blues Trust to concentrate on a positive way forward building relationships with new owners to see how we can help with bringing success, bigger crowds and working out how the club can be influenced by and support the fan’s voice and groups.
I am passionate about fans being involved with the club and want to help the Trust to be an influential fans voice and move from strength to strength in the national supporters movement that recognises football clubs need to be more than just businesses.
This is why I stood for nomination to the Board. I was happy to be accepted onto the Board at the 2016 AGM and delighted to take on the position of chair at the Board meeting on 19 November 2016.
I will need some time to build relationships as I am new to this, but already I am finding the commitment and knowledge of my fellow Board members and the inclusiveness and ambition of other fans groups to be inspiring. I look forward to working with the Trust, other Groups and the Club to play a part in the Birmingham City success story about to be written.
I consider fans owning shares in a club is healthy for the club and protects traditions and survival over the long term. I am very hopeful that the new owners will have the club’s interest at heart and will take the club forward, however I also see a possibility of a sell on in a few years time. If this becomes reality then I would want the Blues Trust to be in a position to be able to organise a serious and realistic offer for fans to own a significant part of our club.
I am a lifelong Bluenose having held a season ticket for the last 10 years and through the 70’s and early 80’s.
My paid employment is a Director of a housing association and I have held a number of voluntary director positions including community interest companies.
I retired in the middle 1990’s having spent 40 years in the Civil Service and am now enjoying some leisure time, travelling, walking, boating on the English canal network and photography. I also have a strong interest in IT matters and run my own websites. These things make me sound quite busy but I always find time to watch my favourite football team.
In recent years, since the ownership of BCFC by its Hong Kong parent company, I have become fearful of the club’s survival. I am passionate about reinstating our status in the league. In short I want my club back and ideally would like the fans to collectively own a block of shares in BCFC so that we can be represented on the club Board and have a say in how the club is run. This is not a criticism of the current staff at St Andrews who have done a sterling job in all the circumstances, but more the Directors in remote Hong Kong.
I believe that fans should have a collective financial interest in the club and that this could be achieved by acquiring a block shareholding via a holding of community shares in Blues Trust which is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. It is for this reason that I joined up with Blues Trust in early 2013. I made a proposal to the 2013 AGM that the Trust should make a serious attempt to try to acquire a shareholding in BCFC and that we should test the appetite of the fans by asking them to make pledges to see how much we could raise. The results were very interesting and it is nice to know that there is an army of fans waiting to invest should the opportunity arise.
I was co-opted to the Board in Dec 2013, formally appointed in Nov 2014, and try to attend all Board meetings. I enjoy working with the Trust and am at present helping to develop its website. One of my aims is that we should try to increase the membership beyond its present modest levels to several thousand.
By profession I am an accountant, and have worked in a number of different organisations including one of the big 4 accounting firms, private practice, nationalised industry and European and American multinationals. I am now retired.
Despite being a Blues fan for such a long time, like many fans my involvement with the club largely consisted of attending matches and the occasional club-run event. However, the record home defeat against Bournemouth on 25th October 2014 allied to the uncertainty about the future of the club was a watershed moment. I wanted to give more active support to those trying to improve the situation.
Already a member of Blues Trust, I attended the open meeting at The George in October 2014 and, having met some of the Trust Board at that time, I subsequently started to more actively support them.
I strongly believe that a football club belongs as much to its supporters as it does to its owners. Players, managers and financial owners are transient – fans are forever. Even though football has now become dominated by money and business interests, all supporters should still have the right to have a voice in the running of their club. Through the Trust, I will work to try and bring this about. I will also seek to build the relationships with both the Club and other fan groups, and work with them to seek solutions to issues which are important to supporters.
I have experience of being a board member of other membership-based organisations including Balsall Heath Housing Cooperative (board member since 1997, and Treasurer); Community Energy Birmingham (founder Director); Citysave Credit Union (a highly-regulated organisation with a balance sheet of over £7 million). I believe that this qualifies me to be a responsible director of Blues Trust and to make sound decisions in the best interests of the Trust.
I have been a member of the Blues Trust since shortly after its formation in 2012. I am a regular attender at AGMs and in the last year, I have been attending board meetings as an observer. In my day job I am an independent Sustainability and Environmental Consultant, specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy. I have been a Birmingham City Supporter since an early age, attending my first game in 1974-75. I am a season ticket holder.
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